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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Petaluma, CA
Re: Mac Pro N Card Works Perfectly - 11-14-2008, 06:36 PM
So, are we talking about this care here:
http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Extreme-Wir ... B00101XJDI
which apparently works with the pre-2008 macbook pro's but not the new ones? Its available from PowerMax for $49.00 or Amazon.com for $44.00.
Apparently the Dell 1500 notebook wireless card worked in MBP's as well, since it apparently uses the same Broadcom chipset as this. Suspect this means the card would be recognized automatically by Windows and if not you could download the drivers for the Dell 1500 card. Apparently the Dell card has the cables swapped vs. the Apple MBP pro card as you describe here.
It looks like those have been replaced with the Dell 1505:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=430-2576
which is $80.00 from Dell. It also has a Broadcom chipset on it, and looks to be in a very similar form factor, so I *assume* it will fit but that's just on a visual comparison of the pictures (with a ruler though). Dell doesn't seem to supply dimensions for the part.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Re: Mac Pro N Card Works Perfectly - 11-20-2008, 08:01 PM
Anyone tried this in OSX? I'm curious if the drivers would pick it up. Also, if you decide to add N support to your Mac after the fact, it requires a $2 driver download from the Apple website (http://store.apple.com/us/product/D4141 ... MjE0NDc1NQ).
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Olalla, WA
Re: Mac Pro N Card Works Perfectly - 11-20-2008, 11:54 PM
There's no need to pay Apple for the driver, especially on a hackintosh. The drivers are out in the wild. Yes, both the Dell and the Apple broadcom based cards will work great in OSX. Don't get the Intel card if you ever plan to run OSX on your Mini9, you'll never get it to work, there are no drivers for it in OSX.
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ketchum, ID
Re: Mac Pro N Card Works Perfectly - 12-02-2008, 06:11 AM
I installed the N cards out of broken MacBooks (we run a Mac shop) and they work great in OSX on the mini. I never expected otherwise. While disassembling the old Macbooks, I also grabbed the antennae out of them, and used the blue one, as it's the only one missing from the Mini9. So we both have 3 antennas and N and we get great signal, and have noticed no reduction of battery life. We did this weeks ago, but it's not something we thought to post. We'll try to be more active in the community, given we are constantly ripping apart the old to scavenge parts for repair.
On a side note, I just got the IR port from a MBP wired up to a USB port and working on the Mini9 last week. I'm going to get it installed internally hopefully next week when I have some time.
My IrDA Mod...
Join Date: Nov 2008
Side note about the 17" 1.83ghz iMac - 01-17-2009, 03:28 AM
Having gotten the N card for my Mini, I thought "hey, I know it's not 'supported' in the 17" iMac with only a/b/g, but let's give it a shot" - on the assumption that Apple just didn't want to deal with upgrading them or something like that.
Turns out Apple is not farkin' kidding about "not supported".
After a few minutes, the iMac crashed to power-down and refused to start again with the card in.
I think the N card draws just a little too much power for it; it sure acted like the power supply had done a thermal shutdown.
Just thought I'd let the internet know, so that other people with an ancient Core2Duo bottom-end iMac won't waste $20.
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Francisco
Re: Side note about the 17" 1.83ghz iMac - 01-17-2009, 07:23 AM
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