I have a powerbook duo 280 and a 1.25 GHZ G4 Powerbook, How do I get the duo to connect to my powerbook? Ethernet? what connectors do I need? Thanks, I am very good with OS X but vintage stuff I ahve no idea, Thanks in Advance.
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Well you'd need I'm guessing a standard Mac ethernet cable for a start, and make sure the Duo has an ethernet card... from there you'd have to work out how to network OSX with some 68k system... can't help you there, but I can confidently say Ethernet is the only way to go.
You're right about having to use Ethernet, though I'm unsure what Word means about using an Ethernet Card in a Duo. Is it possible to add a card to a Duo?
What I'd reccomend is either an ADB to Ethernet adapter (plugs into the printer/modem port) or using a DuoDock with an Ethernet card. I've used both these methods to network Powerbooks, and I prefer the DuoDock because it lets you have other features like the disk drive, a big monitor, and a full keyboard and mouse. Depending on your needs, either will work.
As for how, Appletalk is a beautiful thing.
Well I wasn't sure whether or not Duos need ethernet cards, or if they just come with it onboard. If it's already there then all's well. If not...see above.
What I want to know is will OSX actually work with AppleTalk?
ADB-Ethernet :? :o does such a thing exist :? ... but the duo dosent have a ADB port so thats not much use anyway ... or do you mean Serial-Ethernet (as the printer/modem ports are serial ... not ADB ;))
It's always fun when someone wants a computer to do something it can't, ain't it?
The Farallon EtherMac iPrint adapter will attach to any serial Printer/modem port. $35-$50 eBay
The Apple Duo MiniDock w/Ethernet connects to the PDS on the back of your Duo and gives you multiple ports, pass-thru's, and even an RJ45 jack. $50-$75 eBay
The NewerTeck Ultradock 16sce does essentially the same, but is a better form facter, IMHO. It also gives you a real SCSI port (not that funky square one). $50-$100 eBay.
So, there ya go...
Well that was a nice way to squash all hopes of networking the Duo... if I'm not mistaken any of those items are twice the 280's value on their own...
It depends on what value you place on the Duo, not the value that the secondary market places...
For instance, my Duo 2300c is getting a lot of use form me lately, meaning that it's value has increased. It's a great little machine to take from room to room as I write (there is just enough battery juice to move it from one room to another), or it allows me to check my email from the living room...
Would you spend $50 on 36 MB of RAM? I did, because I see value in it. But that's just me...
Now, if yer looking to upgrade to a 2300c with a DuoDock, let me know
I looked up about the farallon ethermac and I've seen only info relating to it used for stylewriters :? How do they work on duos? I've got a duo 280c I'm upgrading with a 2300 mobo, and I'd like to use ethernet on it w/o a big fat dock (i've already gone threw 2 docks that developed the tick of doom, I'm not putting up w/ that anymore!)
There are older and cheaper serial/Ethernet adapters available, they are designed for connecting older printers to LANS, but some of them will work with a Mac as well. I've forgotten what they are called. Try searching ebay for Localtalk and Ethernet.
Or fire up another old mac with both kinds of ports and run Localtalk Bridge.
. . . in any kind of collecting, it's the accessories that appreciate in value the fastest. OEM lens shades for collectible cameras can be worth a small fortune, not to mention the rarer lenses and viewfinders for classic rangefinders.
The DuoDocks can be fixed by replacing a 2 for $1 capacitor in the PSU. IIRC, there's an illustrated howto on the "room of duo" site listed in the links project, click the button in my sig.
Dedicated LocalTalk bridges work great, or you can run bridging software on a localtalk/ethernet capable mac, dunno about X though.