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new user, new iBook clamshell owner [Nov. 25th, 2008|05:43 pm]
Apple iBook


Hi to everyone!
I was just recently given an older laptop, which was going to be tossed, by a friend from out of state. I have not had a laptop before, so i was more than happy to take it.

It is the iBook clamshell. It says it is " 366 MHz (Firewire) PowerPC G3".
It has 320 MB memory, 256 Ram. It is running MAC OS X 10.2.8
It has a CD drive, and Airport is installed. It also has Word for Mac, the full set of office applications.

The situation is: I have none of the software installation or restore discs for the OS, nor for the Word software, nor for the Airport card.

I asked her about the discs, and apparently it was a divorce situation where the ex got the "box full of computer discs", almost 2 years ago, and so they are gone.

SO: First off, how do you suggest I obtain replacement discs for the OS. Ebay?
Next, she says last time she tried Airport at a wifi coffeeshop, she couldn't get it to connect. She thinks it just needs an update. Problem is, I have no idea where to go online to get the update for this older version of Airport, and then if i did, I only have my dialup connection to this laptop to get me on the internet. Will an update work over the slower rate of the dialup connection?

Or should I consider removing the Airport card and installing a new one, which i see on Ebay?

I also see a 'USB wireless card', which i can plug into my USB port. . . will this work as well as Airport installed?

(I am a convert from PCs, with my first Mac being an iMac (Mac OS X 10.5.2) I bought just under a year ago, and my internet connection with that is Cable. )

Can anyone help me?

thanks so much, and sorry this is so long. . .