Model A1312 / Mid 2010 / 3.2 GHz Core i3 or 2.8 & 3.6 GHz Core i5 or 2.93 GHz Core i7, ID iMac11,3

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airport card replacement and upgrade options

Is it just me, or does the Airport card in an iMac just use a mini PCI-e connector? In theory, doesn't this mean it could potentially be replaced with a different PCI-e card that would add a performance or feature upgrade to the machine? Such as a RAID controller, eSata, SAS, USB 3, etc? I honestly have no need for WiFi in my iMac, but would love to have more upgrade options.

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Its one thing to have a viable connection, the other is having driver software so the OS can interact with the device you connected.

Sorry to say you can't use the AirPort card slot for these options.

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Mac OS X came with the drivers needed, so you can install most of those upgrades. However you will have to cut a hole in the back to let the cables out. There is not much space inside the unit to fit upgrades

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Nope these drivers won't work here, sorry. The drivers are for the Mac Pro systems PCI slots and interact with the system BIOS services (EFI) which is designed to interface with the drivers. The PCIe slot in the iMacs would need a different set of drivers that accessed the AirPort's slots PCI ID and you would need to hack the EFI so the system would recognize it. While that could be done it is quite advanced for most to do here (and a good way to kill your system).


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