I have two desktop computers networked together through my apple Airport, which serves as my wireless for my mac mini, my ipad, and iphone, my blu-ray, and the xbox360. Diablo III is coming out, and my brother has no computer to use, so I am giving him my old desktop. I plan to fdisk it, reinstall everything, and then change video cards so he has a serviceable box for the release on the 15th.
The problem is that my airport extreme software is all on the old box I plan to fdisk, so I need to reinstall that on my new computer. Where do I find that?
Not an Apple person but I would think you could download it from the Apple website.
Steve in DC
Also don’t game off wireless, it’s still far to slow and finky for real gaming.
I don’t know shit about Apple products. Maybe this page has what you need:
Whats “fdisk” mean?
In the computer somewhere?
First off, you already have it on your Mini, in /Applications/Utilities.
If you need the Windows version: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1391
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What the hell is “airport extreme software”?
Apparently I need to get out more.
actually, I don’t get it. Why do you need AirPort Extreme software on the rebuilt PC? What you need is the driver from the manufacturer for whatever kind of wireless card you have in it. Your AirPort Extreme is garden variety 802.11n.
Are you sure you couldn’t find a more complicated way to surf, play music, watch movies and play games? I mean there’s gotta be a way to work a Steampunk raygun in there somewhere or maybe a laser.
Your MacMini should already have the Airport software installed. It’s called “Airport Utility”. You’ll find it in Applications/Utilities.
You can also manage an Airport from your iPad or iPhone – they have a free app you can download called… you guessed it: “Airport Utility”.
@khead: I think it might involve monster trucks on Sunday Sunday Sunday, but I could be thinking of some other sort of extreme thing.
Its a DiskOperatingSystem command for formatting hard drives.
@Punchy: He’s going to completely blank the hard drive–partition table, master boot record, everything gone and start from scratch. FDISK is the DOS command one uses for this.
Also, too, I want to interrupt this extreme thread to say that I have the best Senator ever. I called Franken’s office yesterday to ask for help regarding a tax client (vet and federal employee) who was getting a shit load of conflicting information from the IRS and never ending collections. When I stepped in, I got the same sort of thing: he owes us money, no wait, he has credits and is due a refund, sorry, his case is being handled by a unit in California who doesn’t seem to ever answer the phone, but yes, he’s definitely getting that money back… And then they yanked his 2011 refund and said he owes even more.
So I called Franken’s local office. Got an actual person (on the second ring) who actually listened, and a promise for a follow up from one of the staff. Today I got an actual follow up call with a follow up email with forms and shit to get the ball rolling to get this crap straightened out. I have never, ever got any response from an elected official other than a form letter with a cursory attempt to mention my issue that then segued directly into a plea for money. I am gobsmacked.
Mike in NC
Do they actually allow this stuff in WV?
cole, tunch – you’ve been warned.
Just use duct tape, man.
1) Apple doesn’t use a web interface for their routers. They use a piece of client software that runs on (depending on what you need and download) OS X, Windows or iOS.
2) Yes, the Airport Utility for OS X is on the Mini (and John, you should be updating that OS pretty regularly, including the Airport Utility).
3) This is the most recent Windows version I can find. You should be able to autoupdate from here if there’s a more recent one.
@debit: Very cool
Not that I really doubted it, but I’m happy to hear that Franken knows exactly what wins you re-election as a Congresscritter: constituent services. I’m hoping this is a lesson that the teabagger class of 2010 didn’t learn.
A Republican never world have actually had government employees help you. It’s against their beliefs. You would have gotten a form letter asking for your support in eliminating the IRS and all taxes.
pseudonymous in nc
No need to futz about with actual fdisk: DBAN is a one-stop wiper.
The Airport Extreme software’s only useful if you want to control and configure the router from the PC, because it doesn’t have the web interface that most routers provide; as others have said, you can just connect to it like any other wireless router.
The latest version of AirPort Utility, 6.0, is an enormous pile of suck. Stick with version 5.6.
I’m still running Snow Leopard, so I think I’m at 5.5.3 — no updates beyond that.
@Burnspbesq: But it’s so purty!
You need software to use your wifi? suck.
I’ve used an airport once (probably much older). I replaced it with a no-name wireless router because the airport refused to allow half the machines in the house to talk to it. Maybe I needed software, although I don’t know how I would have installed it on my appliances. heh. that sucks.
White people problems? Is this a dancing thread?
Even people who would never in a gazillion fracking years have voted for Ted Kennedy knew that they could – and did – get federal shit _FIXED_ when they called his office. Kerry will be senator for life because he had Ted fix his office after the 2004 debacle; any MA vet being dicked around by their town (like mine) is calling his office to get a staffer to walk the paperwork over to the effing Pentagon already.
Consituent service is how incumbents get re-elected. At least up here in the frozen north. Elsewhere (like the square state where I was raised), graft is also acceptable, which explains Ashcroft.
Franken will be senator for just as long as a) he wants it and b) your state isn’t taken over by fundagelicals. Have the Lutherans schismed again? Is there a Minnesota Synod yet?
Purty and dumbed down to the point where you can’t really do anything with it.
If you can’t compile it from source you shouldn’t be using it.
@MikeJ: If you can’t write the software yourself you shouldn’t be using it.
I read this post and my first thought was wtf is fdisk and wait he’s talking about his brother playing a game and jeezus seriously he has to have this second airport game TOo!!! But I didn’t make a comment because I didn’t wanna show how tech savvyless I am but then I see .other people who seem to just as clueless.
Omg. U r a NERD.
@gaz: I a have a battery with a wire attached. I touch it to and remove it from the wifi antenna very quickly and form my own packets.
Dude. It enables you to get around the airport by skateboard, evading security, TSA, etc, but ONLY if you thrash the place in the gnarliest fashion.
Now that is a white people problem.
Odie Hugh Manatee
@MikeJ: We’re venturing into XKCD territory. =)
real programmers use butterflies
You don’t need to install AirPort software on a computer you are about to give away.
Just connect to the AirPort as a regular ole wireless access point, do what you gotta do and be happy.
If you’re worried about being able to configure the AirPort after the old desktop is gone, you can do that from any one of the iThings you own. Just download the app on your iPad, or use the one that’s already installed on the Mac Mini.
@Odie Hugh Manatee: I had to use fdisk on a machine localized to Japanese once. (true story)… that was an adventure.
ETA: I don’t know Japanese and I don’t watch anime.
Odie Hugh Manatee
I’ve used it so much I can run it blindfolded. As long as the keystrokes are the same, I’m good to go.
My first DOS was back in the early 80’s, IBM MSDOS v1.1d for my PCjr.
@Odie Hugh Manatee:
ditto, that’s what got me through it. I didn’t own a PC until later, as I was toddly in the early 80’s.. I started coding on an apple in the fall of ’86 – not gonna date myself, but let’s just say I still had an outsized head at that age =) and switched to a PC in the early nineties.
I will date myself, just a little.
In the early 70’s I was running an apple II, programing machine tools. That was a step up from using a teletype machine to make paper punched tape one character at a time.
By the late 70’s I was writing accounting programs in Fortran, but still on punch cards. Now I don’t know crap. So kids are correct, a lot of old farts don’t know as much as they do.
@Ruckus: FORTRAN rots your brain.
And punch cards were used by the nazis in tandem with IBM to sort the gypsies from the jews, basically to make sure they sorted and murdered efficiently. Ergo, punch-cards are the tools of the devil. =)
In any case, I should probably sleep now. Cheers =)
@Steve in DC: Not a problem for Diablo 3, the game just forces you to be online at all times (and even for multiplayer ping time ain’t that important for cooperative play).
@Steve in DC: The 90’s called. They want their 802.11b back.
Wireless is fine for gaming. Stick with 5Ghz channels and you’ll do even better.
I did a clean install on a Mac mini and Airport was part of the install. The mini was networked to other minis. It was easy to do.
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Veterans for Obama
@Burnspbesq: Airport Utility 6.0 and 5.6 were released at the same time. 6.0 for the Great Unwashed Masses and 5.6 for those who want more control. Being in both camps I use both versions (sometimes simultaneously); 6.0 has some convenient features 5.6 doesn’t.
@gaz: Real Men (of either sex) first write the compiler for the language they program in before writing the software.
@(All the Oldtimers): People programmed before personal computers. I recall writing APL programs in ’67 on a CDC 3400 at the U Mass Amherst computer center. That “supercomputer” probably was less powerful than my iPhone.
Odie Hugh Manatee
I’ve played with them all back then: Tandy, Timex, VIC, Commodore… if it was a computer I probably had my hands on it back then…lol
I learned punch cards in high school (mid-70’s), just in time to forget about it because it was on the way out!
I’ve done a lot better at staying ahead of the curve since then. :)
And stay off my wireless! Damn kids!
Old school wireless router.
Don’t let your brother play Diablo III. Never feed the DRM trolls.