Airport Alternative for Mac Powerbook G4

So my wife’s Airport went out on her awsome Powerbook G4 and I went looking for a replacement for her. Turns out Apple wants to charge around $100 for a replacement internal Airport card, which isnt about to happen.

A little research revealed that certain Motorola PCMCIA cards with the same guts as the Airport serve the same purpose and are immediately identified by OSX as Airport cards – no drivers and no configuring. I bought a Motorola Wireless Notebook Adapter WN825G from Amazon for $10 and it still works a charm…

There are some other cards that have the same chipset (Broadcom BCM4306 chipset) that also work, in exactly the same way. I’ll make a list of them if I get around to it. Thinking of getting another if I can find one actually, just in case…

Flash 9 install problem on Mac OS X

I routinely upgraded my flash player on my G4 Powerbook the other day, and was surprised to find that Flash stopped working. I use several browsers and it didn’t work on any of them (Explorer, Safari, Opera). Especially YouTube, had the worse problem, as it wouldn’t show any movies and gave me the strange error:

“ Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe’s Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.” Took a while but I figured it out:

  1. Close all active programs
  2. Go to Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility. Select your hard drive from the left panel and click on “Repair Disk Permissions”.
  3. Download the Flash Player Installer and Uninstaller from here.
  4. Run the uninstaller and then the installer.

It turns out that Opera still doesn’t work, but at least Safari does, and thats good enough for me. Also while surfing around I realized that Mac:Explorer is completely unsupported and I uninstalled it forever.