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how do i check if I have a airport card?

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JosiePA Calculating status...
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Jul 8, 2013 9:13 PM

How do I check if I have an airport card?

I clicked on 'About my Mac' under the network option there is an Airport Card option.

But when I click on it, it says no information found.

Does this mean I have none?

If so, what do i have to do to connect to a wireless internet?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • kaz-k Level 4 Level 4 (1,985 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 9:31 PM (in response to JosiePA)

    You need to install Airport Extreme Card if your Mac Pro is early 2009 or older.

  • kaz-k Level 4 Level 4 (1,985 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to JosiePA)

    If "About this Mac "says "Processor Intel Xeon", it's a Mac Pro.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to kaz-k)

    And if you keep going there,


    About this Mac > (More Info) > Network > Airport ...


    ... and see if Airport Hardware, with detailed specifications, shows up. (Consensus seems to be if you do not already know, you probably do not have it since it was optional.)


    There was an Amazon seller in the US selling genuine Apple cards for Mac Pro (different ones for different models). They are hard to install because the card, screws, and wires are all tiny.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 7:33 AM (in response to JosiePA)


    Now, it seems that users that upgraded or added Airport cards, even Apple cards, had trouble with 10.7 it seems - never would have looked for that as a factor -- and my memory is too foggy to recall why and what the problems that they ran into were.


    The first thing as you can tell is the header from System Profiler and "MacPro x,1" lets us and you know what model we are talking about.

  • Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:39 PM (in response to JosiePA)

    JosiePA wrote:


    …looked at all my specs and books and receipts and it just calls my computer a Mac Pro.

    How do i know if I have a G4? or a G5?


    If it is a Mac Pro it is not a G4 and not a G5. 


    All Mac Pros have Intel CPUs. The older G3, G4 and G5 machines all had PowerPC chips and were called Power Macs, not Mac Pros.


    Mac Pro towers have two optical drive trays (CD/DVD) in front.  The PPC PowerMac G5 has only one.  Earlier PPC machines like the G3 and the G4 don't have the distinctive aluminum "cheesegrater" housing.


    The last G5 was manufactured in the summer of 2006, then Apple switched to Intel in August of that year.


    USB WiFi adapters are very cheap and much less troublesome than Airport cards.


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