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Can i use Linksys wireless adapter WUSB54GS with Mac PowerBook G3 Lombrad

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Hi!!! I was wondering if there's a way to use Linksys WUSB54GS wireless adapter with Mac PowerBook Lombard G3 400 Mhz? I have two USB ports in the back of the laptop. Are there drivers, or something like in Linux, we have things like ndiswrapper that we can run windows drivers with?
Thanks a lot for any input!!!
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Hmm, talked to a tech sypport person online at Linksys site. They said there had no support of this driver for Mac OS 9.2 (that's what i run)... anyone has any suggestions? thanks!!!
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by:strung
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I quick check of the web shows that no one has had much luck getting that card to work with a Mac. Either get a third party card specifically for a Mac, get an Airport card, or get an ethernet-to-wireless bridge which requires no drivers.
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My Lombard is super old, it won't support airport, i think Pismos support airports only... I think i'm going to ge a wifi card for the PC slot on the side, this method has workded int he past for people. Thanks -=g=-
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Yes, something like this. I also looked at some Lombards on Ebay for sale with Wifi cards, and a lot of them used Orinoco Gold or Silver. I wonder if that's a better choice. Plus, they are pretty cheap on ebay. Are there Mac recomended PC cards for Lombard?
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Can anyone suggest the best choice of PCI card for my Lombard? I went to Fry's electronics store yesterday and they had a ton of different PCI cards, randing from $14 to high $70. They had many different brands, even a breand that was exclusively targeted for Macs. All of the other PCI cards always say they are designed to work with Windows. Will my Lombard support any of those PCI cards, or must i look for something specific? Also wanted to know what the best connection speed for my Lombard is. They had 11Mbs 54Mbs and up. Will my hardware support faster PCI cards? Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!!! -=G=-
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Strung, in the link you posted for the Belkin PCI card, it says there that the card will work with Mac OS 10.x which is Jaguar or Panther i believe. I run Mac OS 9.2 Do you think this Belkin card will still work? Does OX 9.2 have wifi drivers, or will PCI wifi card come with drivers?
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Sorry. I don't think that card will work with OS 9. You are going to have a hard time finding a 802.11g card for OS 9. All the OS 9 compatible cards I could find were 802.11b.

Here are some examples:

http://www.macsense.com/product/networking/wpe700.html

http://www.macwireless.com/html/products/11g_11b_cards/11bPCCard.php

http://www.penmachine.com/techie/airport1400.html

http://www.ioxperts.com/80211b.html

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Hmm, B cards are slower then G... I really would like a faster card, but it's my understanding that i can't use G with OS 9.2 What if i was to unload OS 9 and install OS 10 Jaguar for instance. Do you know if my hardware can support any of Mac OS X?! There are several releases of OS X Jaguar, Panther, Tiger... which one, if at all, do you think i can load on the Lombard? (I have 256 RAM on this machine, but i could always get more RAM as long as the mother board supports it).
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by:Gvigorus
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I just got on apple website and found specs data for my Lombard (bronze keyboard with 400Mhz processor) here's the link (button table):
http://support.apple.com/specs/powerbook/PowerBook_G3_Series_Bronze_Keyboard.html
Per this page, if you look at supported software table on the bottom, it lists OS X. Does that mean i'm a candidate for upgrade? Maybe then i can use faster wifi cards!? Thanks
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My guess is that you will find it unacceptably slow to run OS X on your machine. You would need at least 512 Megs of RAM and it would still be slow. By the time you paid for the RAM, the card and OS X, you would be wiser spending the money on upgrading to a new machine or a faster used one.
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...or load a light Linux on it, such that would make the machine fly! Ha ha... i get it. I was just reading some articles on apples site about OS X Panther sys requirements. My mother board won't even take more then 384Mb RAM, let alone 512Mb of RAM. But basically if i want to use a PCI wifi card that's G rated, i have to go with 3rd party drivers, right? Otherwise, B rated cards will either work natively or come with free drivers from manufacturer, correct? Thnx
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weird, look at this site where it says "Details" http://www.lowendmac.com/pb2/lombard.shtml It says that Lombard G3 officially supports OS 10.3.x
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It will, but slowly. OS X will run quite well on a 400 MHz G4 with 512 Megs, but loses a lot with the G3 instead of the G4 chip, and really needs the 512 megs of RAM or it will be into the virtual memory all the time.
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That's pretty much what this article says too: http://www.lowendmac.com/macdan/03/0319dk.html It's possible to run OS X, but won't be worth it performance wise.
So, i'm convinced not to upgrade to OS X. Still, what is my best bet for a PCI wireless card? I really would prefer not to buy any 3rd party drivers and have a card that will be G compatible (54Mbs). Is this possible?!?! Why do people love to use Orinoco's with their Powerbooks so much!?!
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Do you plan on sharing large files over a LAN frequently? If not, there is little or no advantage to a g card over a b card. A b card is already faster than a broadband cable connection, so installing a g card will do nothing for your internet speed.

Also, I would not spend much money on your Powerbook. OS 9 has reached the end of its tether. It is no longer supported, no one is making new software for it and old software is not being updated. As the web becomes more sophisticated, out-dated OS 9 browsers will become less and less capable of rendering complex pages. This is already happening. In another year or so web browsing with OS 9 will become impractical.

I would suggest you watch for sales, or check e-Bay for people selling off G4 powerbooks or iBooks who are trading up to the new Intel Macs, or take the plunge and get a new Intel Mac, or look for a store selling off the last of the G4's (I saw some very good prices a few weeks ago.)
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by:Gvigorus
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Thanks Strung for the wonderful feedback. I went ahead and bought a Lucent Orinoco b PCI card per your advice. You are right about software incompatibility. I won't be upgrading to OS X. I think once OS 9.2 becomes really useless, i will probably go ahead and load Ubuntu or Fedora Core on it. Linux is always really good at making almost any old hardware work as though brand new. There are a lot of lighter Linux distros that do just that. So, thanks again. I am ending this question and awarding point to you Strung!
Thanks again for your excellent advice.
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Just be aware of the fact that you have to use a version of Linux compiled for the PPC processor. Intel versions like Red Hat, for instance, won't work. You will need something like Yellow Dog ( http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/ydl/ )  or PPC Linux ( http://penguinppc.org/about/intro.php#what )

See also: http://www.lowendmac.com/linux/index.shtml
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Great links. I knew Fedora and Ubuntu had PPC distros, but you showed me a ton more. Feels that much better knowing there's still a lot of support and use for this Powerbook G3 even if OS 9.2 outlives itself (which is pretty much almost the case now). I'd say with this hardware, Linux is definitely going to be the way to go as far as OS support and compatibility goes. I have an old HP Pavilion ze 4210 that runs Fedora Core 4, this laptop has 1.2 Ghz processor and 256 MB RAM. Fedora Core flies on this machine. I'm sure something will fly equally well on Powerbook G3...
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