Friday, May 22, 2009

Current Ralink Driver Solves PowerMac G4 Kernel Panics

I have two PowerMac G4's in our house, both dual 1ghz machines that work well.  But finding a decent 802.11g wireless adapter has been challenging.  I've bought two different ones, a Belkin MIMO USB wireless G+ adapter and an Addlogix MA-WL USB adapter.  Both were advertised as Mac compatible, came with their own install disks, and both drivers caused kernel panics in both Macs.  What to do?
Doing some research, I realized that both adapters use the Ralink chipset.  After some trial and error, I found that this driver works for both of the adapters and stopped the kernel panics.  Be sure to uninstall the driver that came with the adapter(s) before installing this new version.