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post #41 of 48
2.9-3.1MB is slower than my previously achieved 3.6MB in 802.11g mode...

my setup has fallen back to the slow mode. i have reinstalled osX and still it only uses 11mbit mode(from the 54mbit possible, steps are 11/18/38/48/54mbit) in 802.11g. whenever i start to use the network via airport the tx rate goes into what seems to be a fall back mode...

i use ap grapher and ipnetmonitorX in order to visualize what's going on with the setup. i have to go to a local shop to get torx screwdriver in order to check on the card and the antenna, i have a hunch it has to do with the antenna... i will try to switch the antenna connectors from on to the other, maybe on of the connectors is loose, let's see...

the weird thing is that for 2 days everything worked as i emailed you. i tried to find comparable experiences on the web, like apple discussions or other message boards, but to no avail. if someone has messaged you with similar symptoms, please let me know. also the top on the left side where the broadcom 4321 is located gets pretty warm, not hot, but warm.
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post #42 of 48
Hey, I just did the swap using a MacPro upgrade kit and it's works amazingly with the new N Airport extreme. And i just saw they're selling on Ebay now for what is a reasonable price considering it's an internal card with great speed, instead of some dumb external usb thing or a pcmcia card or express card. This is definately the way to go for those who have been screwed by apple. Ebay has set us Free!
post #43 of 48
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This is definately the way to go for those who have been screwed by apple.

How exactly were you screwed by Apple?
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post #44 of 48
These MacPro upgrade kits are on Ebay now! Ebay has set us free to hack our sistems and make them 5x faster and more amazing! Oh, i've done the upgrade bye the way and it's workin like a charm.
post #45 of 48
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How exactly were you screwed by Apple?

screwed in that they won't be offering an upgrade and i have to go find out how to do it myself.
post #46 of 48
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screwed in that they won't be offering an upgrade and i have to go find out how to do it myself.

Gotcha. Don't you think screwed is a little harsh? It's not like they ever promised such a service. For future reference, Apple doesn't do any after-market upgrades and the only upgrades they do offer are build-to-order options on new machines.

There are some shops that will do pretty much anything you can imagine but they will charge you quite a bit. So much so that it's usually more advantageous just to sell your old machine and buy a new one.
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post #47 of 48
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Gotcha. Don't you think screwed is a little harsh? It's not like they ever promised such a service. For future reference, Apple doesn't do any after-market upgrades and the only upgrades they do offer are build-to-order options on new machines.

There are some shops that will do pretty much anything you can imagine but they will charge you quite a bit. So much so that it's usually more advantageous just to sell your old machine and buy a new one.

Yeah, i guess "screwed" was harsh. I just felt jipped. I guess that will teach me not to buy the first version of anything. Anyway. Here's that ebay link for all you adventurous people that want to do the upgrade yourself.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:us
post #48 of 48
The 802.11n Mac Pro card does not fit completely in the MacBook Pro 17. The problem is that the standard 802.11g card has a heat sink on one side and nothing on the other. On the Mac Pro card, there is a heat sink on both sides. This lifts the card by about 2mm and presses down on the metal sheathing and also runs into a black plastic mount used to anchor the card. The net result is that it is pivoted up rather than seating flat. The causes a minor (and very slight) bulge under the left speaker grill where the top of the card is.

Despite this, when I powered it up, it was working. I already had an Airport Extreme 11n running with the latest 7.1.1 firmware and did not need to install the enabler on the MBP (separately). Upon boot, Network Utility showed a/b/g/n available and the connection speed was 130MB (I'm two floors away). I set the airport to 802.11n only and the card connected so I am certain it is using 802.11n now. Again, this is without doing anything with any software.

I made a picture gallery of this issue, you can see it here:
Mac Book Pro 17 802.11n Upgrade Problem Pictures

I'm going to perform the upgrade on the MBP 15 next and see if that has the same problem.

Revised: I am getting 270MB when running 802.11n @ 5Ghz and 130MB when running 802.11n @ 2.4Ghz.

Revised: The fit is much better in the MBP 15. No reported problems and again, by installing the Airport base station software first, there appears to be no need to mess with the enabler. It just works right away after boot.
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