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Old IMac G4 , OS10.4.4, CPU speed 800 MHz; no Airport

Is installation of Original (not Extreme) Airport Card easy enough for owner to do, or must I get vendor to do it?

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  • MichaelSaxt Dec 30, 2008

    I bought a working used G4 for my wife. It didn't have an airport card installed and the Apple stor tells me they don't make the old cards anymore. We've tried Ralink drivers for our D-link usb plug-in unit and can't get the G4 to recognize the D-link usb unit. Any suggestions for an aftermarket driver ??

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The airport cards are no longer being made, however they are available on craigslist and ebay. also do a google search for a third party airport card. I found my airport card (original) for my g4 for 40 bucks on craigslist. goodluck.

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I would get a vendor to do it because then the work is under warranty. It is simple enough to do, but covering bases with expensive things is best.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-WIRELESS-CARD-for-iMAC-MAC-Apple-Airport-G3-G4-G5-X-/130334850512

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPrDmIlESQI


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