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    Mar 02, 2012
    AirPort is not working on iBook G3
    Hello. I have tried everything. We acquired the iBook G3 Mac OS X (version 10.4.11) from a friend. It has 500 MHz Processor and 384 MB SDRAM. There is an AirPort card in it. It worked a year ago (connected to our network). We moved and have a different provider and different router now. All our laptops (windows) work fine as well as my kids ipods. Someone came over and changed the specs on the router because that was supposedly the problem. Then changed the security to WPA Personal because WEP was not working. It worked (for a few hours until I closed the lid and restarted it). No matter what I do I cannot get it to connect or find our network. I changed it back to WEP because one forum said the older books cannot read WPA for some reason (then I just read the complete opposite). I then took the AirPort card out and hooked up or wifi usb to the outside. It worked last night for my daughter online. Then today it lost the network again and I can't fix it. So I once again took the wifi out and put the AirPort back in. I have gone everywhere and done everything I could possibly think of and still nothing...many hours later and I am so frustrated!!!! If anybody could PLEASE help me on this I would so greatly appreciate it!

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    Feb 19, 2008
    Kent, UK
    2013 MacBook Air i5 13" / 2014 MacBook Air i5 11" / iMac C2D 2.16 GHz 20" / iMac G5 1.6 GHz 17"

    Yes it's true, older Airport cards will only work with a maximum of WEP security.
    I would firstly shut the iBook down completely, then reset the security on the router to WEP, with a strong password, and restart the router.
    Lastly, start the iBook up once more and see if you can get a connection with the new settings.

    When I had an iBook G3 it was restarting the router then the Mac that finally got things connecting, and after that things were fine.

    Hope this helps,


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