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Hey guys,

I managed to get my hands on a Powerbook G3 Lombard from one of my neighbours, who was thinking of tossing it because it was "too old". The machine has a 40 GB hard drive, 256 MB of RAM and a 400 MHz processor. I installed Mac OS 10.3 and updated it to 10.3.9.

Here is the problem. I have a Belkin Wireless G notebook card that I used to use in my Windows 2000 laptop. The model number is F5D7010, version 3000tt. This card is apparently supported under OS 10.3.9 (Belkin : Support F5D7010 Wireless G Notebook Card - Driver), but even after installing the drivers and restarting the machine multiple times, neither the power indicator or the network indicator will light up, and the card remains undetected.

I have no idea what to do about this; if anyone is aware of some sort of terminal command or utility application, it would be greatly appreciated if you could let me know. If it is at all relevant, the battery is dead as a doorknob.
 

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You need to check the version number of the Belkin card. The number is printed on the back of the card on the label. Belkin only supports version 3xxx of the card with their software. You may have better luck finding a USB stick style wireless adapter (although it would be on slow USB 1.1).
 

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You need to check the version number of the Belkin card. The number is printed on the back of the card on the label. Belkin only supports version 3xxx of the card with their software. You may have better luck finding a USB stick style wireless adapter (although it would be on slow USB 1.1).
I already mentioned that the card was a version 3000, so it should work, but it doesn't.

I should probably mention that a little PCMCIA icon appears in the top right of the screen on the menu bar, right next to the volume controller. However, the card is still registered as unknown vendor, and I'm given an option to power off the card despite the fact that it's already powered off to begin with. Weird.
 

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Perhaps the card is faulty? Is there a way for you to test this card out on another computer? Or is there a known good card to test out in your PB? Following those two thongs IMHO would be your best course of action.
 

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Perhaps the card is faulty? Is there a way for you to test this card out on another computer? Or is there a known good card to test out in your PB? Following those two thongs IMHO would be your best course of action.
I tested the card on a Dell Inspiron 8100 running Windows 2000. Despite the fact that the OS doesn't even have native support for wireless networking, it still worked fine. I then tested it on a colleague's Acer (no model #, sorry) running Windows XP SP3, and that time it worked without any extra drivers. It does not seem like the card is the problem, so it looks like we're back to the drawing board.
 

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Just another piece of information, the PRAM battery is also dead. Not sure if this would have an effect on the operation of the wireless card or not... can anyone share experiences?

I'm thinking of ordering a Motorola WN825G off eBay, becasue its a fairly modern card and Lowendmac has confirmed that these will work with a Lombard (WiFi Cards for PowerBooks with PC Card Slots), however I'd still prefer not to buy another wireless card if I can get the one I have working.
 
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