My PowerBook 1400 has been running great, with no troubles. Of course, I had to drive myself crazy by trying to get a Focus EtherLAN card to work. This is one of the few internal ethernet cards for the 1400. I bought the card a few months back, when I still had cash; now I have none, so I cannot break down and buy a Farallon - I must get the Focus card to work!
Hardware install was easy. System profiler recognizes the card with no problems. I installed the drivers from the "FocuEtherLAN Installer 1.0". When I try to connect via DHCP with ethernet though, nothing ever happens! There is practically nothing which I can set for DHCP, since it is basically automatic. TCP/IP is enabled. This is all with Open Transport 2.0.3, in OS 8.6. Various browsers and network utilities give me errors if I try to access anything anywhere, to the effect of "Unable to initialize Open Transport". Crazy thing is that DHCP does usually give me an IP address! But I can't do ANYTHING with it. I have never experienced anything like this before.
I was guessing that this might be a driver issue, so I decided to see what was installed where. The installer has two files: "EtherTalk Phase 2" (which was on my system already), and "ValueNet.Drvr". I have searched all over my system, and there was NO ValueNet.Drvr installed anywhere! Visible or invisible, it just isn't there, unless it's a resource which got patched into something else. I am hoping that I can extract this file from the installer, but no such luck as of yet. It is an InstallerVice 3 application, I don't know where the data is , where it is supposed to go, or how to decompress it.
Any ideas? SOMEBODY out there must have gotten this card to work before! If there are any other drivers out there or tricks which I should know, I'd be extremely grateful!