10 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2007 9:25 PM by Ronda Wilson
jeannieb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an iBook G3 800 mhz. Everywhere I go, hotels, etc. have wireless networking. What do I need to be able to get wireless internet on my iBook G3.
Thanks!

iBook G3, Mac OS X (10.3.2)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (267,750 points)
    You need to install an AirPort card in your computer, or use a component such as this one to add wireless connectivity to your computer.

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  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,955 points)
    Hi, Jeannie. Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    The best, easiest, and most elegant solution is an internal original AirPort card. Unfortunately, Apple stopped selling them a couple of years ago.

    I keep a list of links to possible sources of the original AirPort card:
    http://www.dvwarehouse.com/Apple-Original-AirPort-Wireless-Card-802.11B-p-31366. html
    http://www.synaptech.com/catalog/index.php?mainpage=index&cPath=4953
    http://www.expercom.com/productdetail.html?PRODUCTID=305851
    http://www.powerbookguy.com/xcart/catalog/Airport-Cards-price0-p-1-c-507.html
    http://www.megamacs.com/v1/?action=view&pid=967052
    http://techrestore.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16174
    http://store.airportcardsdirect.com/
    http://store.macsolutions.com/airportad.html
    http://memorysolutions.com/memorysolutions/orapaica1.html
    http://www.ifixit.com/cart/catalog/product98_AirportCard.html

    Instructions for installing the original AirPort card can be found in this Apple Knowledge Base article:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=111919

    The newer, usually less expensive, AirPort Extreme card is totally incompatible with an iBook G3, so be certain that it is the ORIGINAL AirPort card.

    Good luck. Wireless is wonderful!
  • jeannieb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Ronda. I ordered one thought DV Warehouse. I don't need the base station for wireless internet access at hotels, etc. right?'
    Jeannie
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,955 points)
    You're welcome.

    No, the AirPort Base Station (or other wireless router or wireless access point) is to provide wireless internet for you at home.
  • aussylansky32 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Ronda,
    I just want some advice regarding upgrading the memory, airport card, and upgrading the Mac OS.
    -Does upgrading the memory from 256MB to 640MB makes the computer much faster?
    -Does Airport Base Station really needed to be able to have wireless connection when you have Airport Card in your PC?
    -Can I also upgrade my Mac OS X 10.2 to a higher Mac OS?
    -Can I also use my iBook g3 to have a parallel desktop? having 2 OS in my Mac iBook like windows and Mac OS?
    -My battery lasts for 1 hour, does it mean i have to replace my battery for this unit?
    I really need your practical advice before i made my move thanks very much. God bless.
    regards,
    olan


    IBook G3 900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram   Mac OS X (10.2.x)   900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,955 points)
    Hi, Olan. Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    -Does upgrading the memory from 256MB to 640MB make the computer much faster?

    You will see a speed increase. How much of an increase you will see depends on which applications you use. It won't be nearly as fast as a new computer.

    -Does Airport Base Station really needed to be able to have wireless connection when you have Airport Card in your PC?

    No, you don't need an Apple Airport Base Station, but you do need some sort of device to provide wireless connectivity (when at home). This can be a wireless modem, wireless router, or wireless access point. Such a device is wired to the internet and transmits the signal to your computer's AirPort card.

    -Can I also upgrade my Mac OS X 10.2 to a higher Mac OS?

    Yes. You will not see all that OS X 10.4 can do with a G3 processor, and I doubt that upgrading to OS X 10.5 (when it is released this fall) will be possible with a G3 processor. I have kept my G3 800 MHz iBook in OS X 10.3.9 (but others are happily running OS X 10.4). The less you know about hard drive and OS maintenance, the greater hesitancy I would have in recommending anything above OS X 10.3.9.

    -Can I also use my iBook g3 to have a parallel desktop? having 2 OS in my Mac iBook like windows and Mac OS?

    You can have Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 on your G3 iBook and boot into one or the other. You cannot use Parallels to run Windows on a Power PC-based Mac. You need a Mac with an Intel processor (like the MacBook) in order to do that.

    -My battery lasts for 1 hour, does it mean i have to replace my battery for this unit?

    Only if one hour's worth of battery life does not meet your needs.
    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

    I really need your practical advice before i made my move thanks very much.

    My advice is to upgrade to a new computer if you can afford it. The hard drive of a new MacBook will be (at least) twice the size; it comes with OS X 10.4; you will have 1 GB of RAM (at a minimum — I would increase that to 2 GB at the time of purchase); wireless connectivity and Bluetooth capability are built in (you still need the wireless access point, though); the processor is three to four times faster (at least); you will have a new and improved battery; there is a built-in iSight camera; you will have the Windows capability you asked about. It is such a spectacular upgrade. By the time you buy a RAM module, original AirPort card, and upgrade of the OS, you are well on your way to the purchase price of a new computer, and you would still be far behind where you would be with a new one.

    There, you have it.

    You're welcome.
  • aussylansky32 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much Ronda. You answered me very well and really helps me a lot . God bless you always.
    Ciao

    IBook G3 900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram   Mac OS X (10.2.x)   900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram

    IBook G3 900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram   Mac OS X (10.2.x)   900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,955 points)
  • aussylansky32 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    hi ronda,
    Could you help me again please. I just cant remember my username and password on my iBook. Is there any other way of retrieving it without installing again the Mac OS?. Thank you. God bless.
    olan

    IBook G3 900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram   Mac OS X (10.2.x)   900 Mhz 40GB HD 256MB Ram
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,955 points)
    Hi, Olan.

    I've addressed this in your own topic on the problem.