Please help with Proxim Skyline

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I have been trying for 2-3 days to get a Proxim Skyline working on 3 different Powerbooks with no go.

They are a PB G4, PB 1400 and a PB 540c. I have downloaded and tried every piece of Proxim and Farallon driver package I could find, even the firmware update doesn't work.

When I insert the Skyline Cardbus card in my Tibook it shows a generic cardbus icon. All the software says it can't find a Skyline and the Skyline itself has a very slow blink to its green light (maybe this is the answer, anyone know?).

When I try loading the software it says to insert the Skyline disk. I have a disk image of the Skyline disk and it is mounted but when I click install it says to insert the Skyline disk!

Is the installer dis-mounting my disk image? Do I need to burn a CD from that image?

Anyone out there an expert on this Proxim Skylines? I was told to get this specifically for my 540c and rev 2 adapter. But since I couldn't get anything on that PB I tried my 1400 and than my Tibook.

Help!

MaxTek

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cardbus?

It's not really a cardbus card, is it? I mean, if it's really a cardbus card it wouldn't fit into a PB1400's PCMCIA slot.

Are you sure the model you've got is a version for which there are Mac drivers? I've got a couple of cheaply-acquired Proxim cards that aren't supported by any Mac drivers of which I'm aware. Proxim made a lot of different hardware, not all works with Macs.

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Re: cardbus?

dankephoto wrote:

It's not really a cardbus card, is it? I mean, if it's really a cardbus card it wouldn't fit into a PB1400's PCMCIA slot.

Are you sure the model you've got is a version for which there are Mac drivers? I've got a couple of cheaply-acquired Proxim cards that aren't supported by any Mac drivers of which I'm aware. Proxim made a lot of different hardware, not all works with Macs.

dan k

Thanks for replying Dan, the card is either as follows:

Proxim Skyline 802.11a Cardbus Card
MODEL: 8450

underneath the silver sticker it says MODEL: 4030

4030-J12170FZ1NVR

I searched on Proxim.com for the number on the silver sticker (8450) and it only comes up with a Proxim Harmony 802.11b card.

Than I searched for the number under the sticker (4030) and it came up with my card, at least picture wise.

Either my card has a wrong sticker on it or it was firmware and/or flashed to the 8450...if that is even possible.

But in any case the Proxim site says both are Windows cards. Am I screwed with this one? Is there no way to get it working on my Powerbooks?

all this time I thought all I needed to search for was "proxim skyline".

It wouldn't stay in the top slot of the 1400 but would (at least it felt like it) in the bottom.

MaxTek

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skyline vs. Harmony

Heh, while most of the skyline cards are Mac-supported, IIRC none of the Harmony cards are, so basically you're scr . . . errr, you'll have to renew your search. I'd suggest looking for a puka Lucent or orinoco silver or Gold 802.11b card. Hard to go wrong with those and the cost these days is as cheap as any.

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11a is not 11b, and the drive

11a is not 11b, and the drivers for one won't work with the other.

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Check these links!

I finally found the links that I have been searching for:

http://www.petlab.org/pb500.htm

http://www.powerbookwireless.net/

What a wealth of info. Thanks for everyone that chimed in on my questions. I appreciate it.

MaxTek