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Apple Powerbook G4 17in 1.33Ghz. Tiger OS. Airport problem.

Hi there,
For the first time I accidentally dropped my Powerbook from about a foot off the ground and only the side actually impacted with the carpeted floor. It wasn't a strong impact at all however once that happened my airport signal disappeared and the unit doesn't recognize an airport hardware installed anymore. I use the built in airport hardware not an airport card. All my attempts to reacquire the hardware has been futile. Wondering if I need to open the unit up to check for proper connection and how to do it. Thank you.
Henry

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  • MellowMickey Feb 16, 2008

    Hi all,


    Same problem here, but with a 12" Powerbook.
    It was switched off when it fell to the carpeted floor from about a foot up.
    When I turned it on all was fine, except it now tells me no Airport Hardware is installed. Will I need to open up the Powerbook as well? If so, will I need to dismantle the entire base or can I just unscrew the small cover next to the battery? And finally, once opened up, is the Airport section clearly marked?
    Thanks very much indeed
    Mike

  • nayr5000 May 31, 2008

    I have the same problem. Airport hardware is not recognized after mac was dropped. How can this be fixed?

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I had a similar problem with my 15" 1.33GHz powerbook G4.
My problem was I couldn't connect to a network right away or at all, or wouldn't properly reconize the card (didn't drop it).

I solved it by removing the airport card from my PowerBook and putting it back into my G4. it should be in the same location.
it's underneath the battery pack.
1. power off your G4
2. remove battery pack
3. there is a latch on the right side (if the charger port is facing down), open it
4. pull back plastic cover tab and gently remove the antenna plug from the airport.
5. pull the plastic tab, until the airport card is removed, keep out for 30+ seconds to ensure it erases any corrupt log file on card it's self.
6 place airport card into the slot again, fully inserting it, it should go 1/8" - 1/4" into your powerbook
7. plug in the antenna plug back into your G4's airport(it should click 2x(very lightly)), flip plastic tab back over top the antenna cord, close you latch.
8. place battery back into your G4
9. plug computer in, turn on and it should work
if not then there is something wrong with the airport card reader, which i don't think it's the case here..

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Should be directly under the keyboard and these generally have a retainer that holds them down.. Try reseating it however..

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