G5 imac, just bought an airport extreme card for it. But the mac does not detect it. Im running leop OS. do i need and airport base? i have a router

airport express card with g5 imac not detecting

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QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    Assuming you purchased the correct 802.11g AirPort Extreme card (part #M8881LL/A) for your G5 iMac, and assuming that this card is used but is still in working condition, open System Preferences to the Network panel and turn on AirPort. If it continues not to be recognized, it is most likely that you did not connect the card's little antenna connector tightly enough when you installed the card. Please re-install.

    You might also need to update your iMac's software using Software Update, although you would not need to upgrade from Leopard OS X to Snow Leopard. You might also try using Disk Utility located in Applications/Utilities to Repair Disk Permissions.

    In any case, no, you will not need an AirPort Extreme base station to enable the operability of the AirPort Extreme card. You will of course need an 802.11g or later wireless network to connect to. The 802.11g card will not connect to, or even see, an 802.11n "n only" network. However, if your network is setup as "n only," you can easily change that setting.