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Need help with new Airport installation on PB G4????

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hankdz2 Calculating status...
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Nov 4, 2012 9:25 AM

I just installed an old Airport card in my PB G4. It will not connect via my wifi at home. It is an Overdrive Pro 063. What do I need to do?

The firmware is version 9.52.


PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Powerbook G4 867 Mhz; Airport Card
  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to hankdz2)

    Is the airport displayed in the upper right corner? It has the specific semicircular symbol. If yes, how did you try to connect?Screen Shot 2012-11-04 at 22.13.58.png

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to hankdz2)

    The 867 Mhz G4 Powerbooks have a 802.11b Airport Card. Some of the newer routers like Airport Extreme will only work with 802.11g/n cards. The older cards can not be upgraded to an extreme card so you have to go with an external USB Wireless Adapter. I had to do this with my original 1999 iBook to be able to connect to a new Airport Extreme base station.


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  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 11:57 AM (in response to hankdz2)

    First of all, reset the base station by pressing the reset button as specified in the manual, usually 5-6 seconds. Then remake setting without any password.

    If you can connect without psswd, pass to the next step, choose a gradual protection level. Note that many non-Apple wl routers requires 13 characters for a psswd, mandatory for Windows users.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Yes, because that generation cannot handle newer protection protocols, your newer MBP pro can.

    Any base station has an option to reset and hard reset its settings, usually this is a small hole you must press with a paper clip. If you do not want or do not know how to do this, try at least to lower protection level.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    No, you must not remove it, as the USB to wl adaptor uses another driver. You may turn old mac wi-fi off, it will be uselessly on anyway.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,055 points)

    hankdz2 wrote:


    The base station does not have an option to delete PW. It comes built in. ... It is the older G4 that has issues.


    I don't understand how it can be that a base station will not allow the option to create whatever network security you desire, but if Cattus Thraex's suggestions are not working you are probably out of luck.


    Firmware 9.52 is the latest available for your PowerBook G4 with its 802.11b AirPort card. It supports WPA but not WPA2. If you have the option, select WPA or WPA Personal in the base station. That is all you can do.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    This cannot be true, ANY base station has the option to reset it and hard reset it.


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