3 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2012 4:46 PM by Laurent1510 Branched to a new discussion.
Laurent1510 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


I just got an old iMac G3 Flower Power -  500 MHz , 1 GB of RAM, clean install of Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) and System 9.2.2. It has an AirPort Card Installed.


For some reason it won't connect to my Wi-Fi network, : "Error joining this network".

I changed the security settings from WAP2-PSK to WEP but that didn't do anything.


- Is there a way to find out if the  airport card in the iMac broken and needs to be replaced?

- Could the Airport card be obsolete? If so which one should I get?

- Is there a know wireless USB adapter I could use (USB 1.1)?

- Do I need to upgrade to Tiger (10.4)?


Any advice would be great.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • 1. Re: iMac G3 Flower Power won't connect to Wi-Fi
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Try again. Will not let me edit post.


    Seems like a configuration problem. I'm no expert.


    I'd turn off encryption for testing. I'd try starting with a new location and configuring ethernet support again.


    USB 2.0 dongle will work with USB 1.0 port.



    1. Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11g/b Wireless USB 2.0 Stick Adapter $15.99 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP2802GU2/ 
    2. Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11n/g/b USB Adapter. The easiest way to add Wireless Connectivity to ANY computer! $29.99 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP802NU2C/


    You better give OWC 1-800-275-4676 a call to verify that these USB dongles will work with 10.3.


    You would be better off with the more expensive dongle. The letters n/g/b correspond to the speed of the data transfer.  You should match the speed to your existing router. You best match on the highest speed. N is the highest. G is middle.  b is lowest.




    Apple Airport Card + Adapter

    Apple AirPort Carrier Card Adapter Pulled p/n M8753G/A or 076-0804 To use an AirPort Card with certain iMac models (G3 iMacs and others), you will require the use of the AirPort Card Adapter (Airport Card sold separately).

    image: http://www.info.apple.com/images/kbase/107908/107908_11.jpg  Technical Details

    Wireless!! This Airport Card supports a wireless data transfer rate of up to 11Mbps with enhanced 128-bit security and firewall protection support! The Apple AirPort Card features cutting-edge wireless networking technology that gets you on the Internet from practically anywhere without cables so you can stay wireless! Its 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radio output power complies with IEEE 802.11b industry standard to allow for interoperability with other 802.11 compliant products!

        * Original Apple-Mac Airport 802.11b Wireless Card General Features: Up to 11Mb per second
        * 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio output power Enhanced 128-bit security and firewall protection support
        * Works with the following: iMac (Slot Loading) (requires adapter)
        * iMac (Summer 2000) (requires adapter) iMac (Early 2001) (requires adapter)
        * iMac (Summer 2001) (requires adapter)
        * Support only the older WEP standard
    source of infohttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT1621

    You can look around for wireless networks. See: iStumbler - 98

    find AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services


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  • 2. Re: iMac G3 Flower Power won't connect to Wi-Fi
    Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,955 points)

    Yet another alternative may be of interest. A wireless Ethernet bridge (examples include Linksys WET610N and Netgear WNCE2001) connects via Ethernet, which could mean higher speeds than a USB 2.0 wireless adapter limited by a USB 1.1 port. Also, special driver software is not normally needed for a wireless Ethernet bridge device.



  • 3. Re: iMac G3 Flower Power won't connect to Wi-Fi
    Laurent1510 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help guys.