Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to daisydenise123)
Geez ...I have a G5 I just bought used from a friend. I guess I'm going to have all these hoops to jump through, too.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to daisydenise123)
Could you please explain why you cannot connect the antenna. Do you have these instructions?
Also, I am puzzled by "installed software"... As far as I know, the card does not need software.
To check on the card after installation, go to Apple Menu / About This Mac / More Info. In Hardware, on the left, under Network check what it says for Airport card. If the card is installed and functioning you will see it listed with specs.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 3:12 PM (in response to Norseman2)
I Remember your recent posting.
If you get a USB wireless solution, as I have recommended and your wireless router is pretty recent, you shouldn't have any issues.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 3:19 PM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
Hi Eustace, Thanks for your reply. The inside of my computer does not look like the one in the PDF you supplied. I installed it in the top left of the inside (I have a dual core). When I wanted to connect the antenna to the back side of the card I could not get it to snap in. Maybe it's a wrong version of the card?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 3:59 PM (in response to daisydenise123)
• Maybe it's a wrong version of the card?
Indeed yes. This discussion identifies a different card:
Apple Airport Extreme card.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 5:52 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
For me, when I click on the Apple, then go to "About This Mac" and go to "Hardware" and then "USB" I can see it has my wireless USB adapter listed. Has the name and everything. But I guess I don't know how to figure out how to let it know that that is a wireless card, because when I go to Network settings, it doesn't see it in here.
Is that a driver issue? Can someone point me in the right direction please?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 6:25 AM (in response to Norseman2)
The airport card will be listed in About This Mac / Networks. If it is not listed, it's not there as far as the Mac is concerned.
With the correct card, no drivers are needed.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
Yeah I see "Airport" but when I choose that when trying to configure it says "No Airport card found"
So I guess that means my wireless adapter is just not compatible?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to Norseman2)
What Wireless adapter are you using?
The adapter I recommended to you should work, but you need to use it with OS X 10.5 Leopard for it to be recognized.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 6:51 PM (in response to daisydenise123)
daisydenise123, if you want to use the Apple AirPort Extreme internal card for a dual-core PowerMac G5, the one you bought (the M8881LL/A) is unfortunately for a different model G5. For dual-core G5s, you'll need the MA252G/A AirPort Extreme/Bluetooth Upgrade Kit. Note that this is a "kit" because it consists of the combo WiFi + Bluetooth card, the small circuit daughterboard which plugs into your G5 (called the "runway card"), and the rivet snaps that fasten them together. You can get this as a refurbished product with a 90-day warranty for $88 from DV Warehouse:
(It looks like you bought this: http://www.dvwarehouse.com/Apple-Airport-Extreme-Wireless-Card-/-Net-work-adapte r-802.11G-M8881-p-31367.html, which is for non dual-core PowerMac G5s.)
I bought the combo kit product for my dual-core G5 a few months ago and it works flawlessly, since it's engineered by Apple to work with my model of computer. You may or may not get consistent service from a generic USB WiFi device. (Another alternative is to buy a new AirPort Express device for $99 and plug your G5 into that via ethernet.)
Note that your computer will have two antenna wires hanging near where the runway card plugs in--one for WiFi and the other for Bluetooth. They both plug into the combo kit (the cables are unmarked, since it doesn't matter which one goes into which socket on the WiFi board). Be careful when you plug in the cables--you don't want to bend anything, and the metal is thin. They should fit firmly (twist them a few degrees to verify they're connected), but note that they don't make a snapping sound when connected.
After installation, About This Mac should show the new card under Network/AirPort Card--the drivers are already included in OS X.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 7:45 PM (in response to daisydenise123)
Thanks to everyone for your help! Problem solved.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to MichelPM)
Sorry I never replied to this. I had put this project on the back burner for a few, but I want to try and get this G5 usable again. It's running 10.4 and it's just as clean and fast as can be, but it won't see my wireless USB card (Netgear). Are you saying I need to have 10.5 installed to use ANY wireless USB card?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 5:34 AM (in response to Norseman2)
Ok I gave up on trying to get it to work with one of my USB wireless cards. I have a range extender that has an ethernet port on it. I moved that to the outlet where my G5 is and ran a network cable from the nic to the range extender and I'm on my wifi - pretty fast too. Only I don't know how to see what my actually connection speed is. When I go in and look at the ethernet connection it just says "100Mbps". And I know it's not that fast because my other wireless devices are only connected at 36-54Mbps in that area of the house. And if I log into the range extender it's only connected at 54Mbps. Any ideas how to see what my actual connection speed on the G5 is?