Beige G3 Questions

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Beige G3 Questions

I have a Beige G3/233 that I have a few questions about.

It is my understanding that the Beige G3's built-in ethernet is both 10 and 100Mbps. However, whenever I connect my G3 to my LAN, it connects only at 10Mbps.

I'm using an autosensing 10/100 switch from Linksys. How do I get the G3 to establish a link at 100Mbps?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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RE: Beige G3 Questions

Sorry, the 233's and 266's only came with a 10 Base-T connection on board. That means a 10 mb cap. You have to get a 3rd party card if you need 100mb.

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you can't. its only 10mbs.

you can't. its only 10mbs.

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More Beige G3 Questions

I have one other question regarding the beige G3. How do you get sound from this computer?

Both the sound in and out are on a card that is plugged into the logic board. When I open the monitors & sound control panel, it doesn't let me do anything. There is no sound coming from this G3 at all.

I'm running OS 8.6 on this particular G3.

Just out of curiousity, do you know of any third party 100Mbit PCI cards for the Macintosh that are commonly available? There are no Mac dealers in my area, so I'd be looking at picking up a card from PC dealers. Anybody know of any common PC ethernet cards that are also Mac compatible? i.e. Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, SMC, etc.?

Thanks for the help.

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Re: More Beige G3 Questions

When I open the monitors & sound control panel, it doesn't let me do anything.

Could be software, could be hardware. Try throwing out the Monitors and Sound preferences in the System folder \ Preferences. Restart and see what happens. Make sure Mute isn't selected and the volume is turned up. Wink

If that doesn't work, power down, and take the audio card out and put it back in.

PC ethernet cards that are also Mac compatible? i.e. Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, SMC, etc.

I've used both DLink and SMC PC cards in Macs. The only model I recall offhand is the DLink 530-TX+ - make sure it's the plus.

Easiest way is to see what PC cards are available to you locally, then search the card manufacturer's website for Mac drivers. That's how I picked up my SMC card.

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Sound problems

I don't think that it's a software problem. When I got the G3, it had no hard drive. I stuck a 2GB SCSI in there and installed OS 8.5 and there was no sound. I've since placed an IDE drive in there and did a fresh install of 8.5 and 8.6. There's still no sound.

I never thought to pull the audio card out and reseat it. I'll give that a try. Thanx.

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100mbps network card

Any Realtek-8139 NIC will work just fine. Costs about $7 at the PC stores. You can download a Realtek-8139 OS9 driver from numerous sources. Driver is built-in on OSX. Simple.

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If you are in OS X, finding u

If you are in OS X, finding usable ethernet cards is quite easy. Most of them emulate the old DEC "Tulip" chips, so they work the same way. See what's available near you, then maybe plug the names into a search for OS X experiences. OS 9 driver support for ethernet is not so bad either.

The sound hardware is on what is humorously called the "Personality Card". There are different versions:1 the most common offers just 1/8" in and out jacks,2 next there is the equivalent of the A/V card, with RCA jacks,3 the rarest is like an A/V card but with a DVD decoder in it. If I am not mistaken, Beige G3s will not even start without the Personality Card. I'd try to reseat it first. Next issue to look for is broken jacks - maybe sound input works, but output doesn't? Then you can rule out software problems. My B&W had it's output jack nearly destroyed when my headphone cable got caught while I was walking around the room, now I always use some form of strain relief on the jack. Lastly, the card hardware could be fried. Don't forget to check the sound control panel/ system preference to make certain that the volume is up, and not muted!

Good luck!

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Thank You Very Much.

I pulled the Personality Card out and reseated it. That fixed the problem. Thank you.

The Realtek ethernet cards, will the manufacturer specify that it is based on the RealTek chip on the package?

Again, thanks.

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