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eric o
Posted: Nov 4, 2002 8:05 am
anybody have any experience with mac ethernet not working with routers, roadrunner, etc?

i'm trying to get onto roadrunner via a router and it looks like the router doesn't see the ethernet on my G3 (OS 9.1), or it does and then loses it. the little lights showing that there's a connection to the router come on while i'm powering up, then go out. (maybe some extensions throw it off?) i've never been able to talk to the router, much less the cable modem (roadrunner). the other computer connected can talk to the router and get roadrunner- it's a pc.

oh yeah, trying to set up appletalk via ethernet gives me an error, too.

i previously used the ethernet for an earthlink DSL connection.

any clues?

i'm on
built in ethernet
OT 2.7.4
TCP/IP 2.5

help! thanks- eric

Posted: Nov 4, 2002 9:58 am
mac? what are you some kinda commie?

sorry, can't help you much with macs. if you used the ethernet for a DSL connection before, I wouldn't think you need to change anything, if your router is set up the same; the computers behind the router don't care if dsl or cable is going to the router.

can you try to ping the router?

eric o
Posted: Nov 4, 2002 10:41 am
i went straight into the dsl modem before... didn't rout until now with the cable.

i don't know how to ping... i don't think it will, since the light showing a connection (if not traffic) won't light.

and, yes, i'm a commie. it's great.

Posted: Nov 4, 2002 12:51 pm
you haven't made any major changes to the mac since it was working connected straight to the dsl modem?

if not, have you done things like set up your default gateway on the mac? now that you're behind a router that will be different. probably something like check the router docs.

Posted: Nov 4, 2002 6:49 pm
could be that the connection is too fast and the isp must slow it down on their end. that's what happened on my MAC (commie me).
Posted: Nov 5, 2002 1:25 am
Hey Eric, I had the same problem when I moved into my new place. I'm using a SMC Networks Barricade dsl router with my G3 and my roommate has a pc... she was able to get a connection right away when we set it up, but I had some difficulties at first.
Here's how I had to configure it:
in the TCP/IP (SAM TCP PPPoE Config) control panel, I connected via Ethernet. and I had to configure using a DHCP Server and had to type in the IP address that was given to me by the router (mine was Once I did that and went to the router's IP address and completed set-up through them online, I was able to connect. I don't have to log in with a program and use third party software, I just open internet explorer and type any web address from there.
Hope this helps,
eric o
Posted: Nov 5, 2002 2:21 am
will try it...

the router sees the connection as long as i'm connected in tcp/ip via ppp (phone line)... as soon as i switch to connect tcp/ip via ethernet there router doesn't see it. is there a better Open Transport i can download maybe if mine's corrupt?

eric o
Posted: Nov 15, 2002 8:10 pm
okay, i got my old power mac 7300/200 up and running and plugged the ethernet cable in and was online. voila. too bad the hard drive is 3 gigs, the mouse sucks, and there's no memory in it.

so... i'm thinking the g3's ethernet card is either fried or something. was reading about how the auto-detection was too fast for some routers but don't really know what to do about that. tried the static IP address and no luck.

Womb Raider
Posted: Nov 16, 2002 2:14 am
Dog, I got ya. I'll be in Memphis in a week to have a look at that shit. You'll be straight. Ask nickg, I set his shit up in 20 minutes.
eric o
Posted: Nov 19, 2002 11:11 am
i bought a new ethernet pci card thingy. plugged in the cord and it worked.

the built-in one is fried or somethin.

it's always somethin'.

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