Where can I get a cheap Mac-compatible USB-PCI card?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
My grandfather's PowerMac 7200 is plugging along fine, but his ancient laser printer just died and it's going in to be recycled. He wants a new printer and so I'm guessing he'll need a USB PCI card. Where can I find one that is both inexpensive and Mac-compatible? I know that various companies sell them for $5 or $10 or whatever but of course we have to pay the Mac tax... maybe eBay? Or is there a particular retailer or brand you'd recommend? Thanks.


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    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member

    Please, help? Do it for the puppy!

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    Well, I currently am using a USB 2.0 card in my Beige G3 that did not say anythign about Macintosh compatibility. Of course that will cost you a lot more than you are wanting to pay, but I think some cards will work. (At least I got lucky on this one) I *think* it is an adaptec. Of course, <a href="http://www.dealmac.com"; target="_blank">http://www.dealmac.com</a>; is the place to go. I *think* (don't quote me on this one) I saw one there a few days ago in the area of 15 bucks... ***Heads over to dealmac...***

    [ 02-12-2003: Message edited by: Jeremiah Rich ]</p>
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    Here you go. Found it in a couple seconds searching Dealmac. A usb 2.0 card for 14 bucks.

    Hope that helps!<a href="http://www.dvcentury.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=DVC&Product_Cod e=00-UB-205++%28Detail+Specs%29" target="_blank">Click Here</a>

    **Edit. Changed link to clickable link so it wouldn't ruin the formatting of the page. Also, it is 14 bucks not 15 hehe.***

    [ 02-12-2003: Message edited by: Jeremiah Rich ]</p>
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    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    Just checked eBay and it looks like there are a lot more mac compatible cards out there than I originally thought. I think a lot of PC parts companies make them and they just happen to work on Macs too. I was cautious because I know a $5 10base-T NIC a friend got at a computer show didn't work in a Mac of mine.
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    there are some forums at anandtech which go crazy over deals and thngs. u can check them out. u can even make requests. try <a href="http://forums.anandtech.com/"; target="_blank">http://forums.anandtech.com/</a>; and see if u can find anything. the only thng to note is a lot of the deals often require one to find hidden coupons.
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