maybe OT: Performa 6200CD needs network help

From: Marion Bates <>
Date: Fri Apr 25 21:38:01 2003

Hi folks,

I've got a friend with a Macintosh Performa 6200CD, and we can't get
the network card to function. We've upgraded to OS 9.1 (though we may
back it down to 8.5/8.6, it's really really slow now) and when that
didn't work, I tried installing a driver package from Farallon (for
Ethernet Comm Slot LC? I know this isn't an LC but it was the only
thing I could find that was even close to sounding like the right
thing). The end result of that was, in the TCP/IP control panel, there
are options for "Ethernet slot 1" and "Alternate Ethernet" but neither
one accepts an IP address (when we select DHCP, on a known-good DHCP
network, it thinks for a few seconds and then says "no valid network
address available" or something, and AppleTalk refuses to switch to
that interface, and a manually-assigned, known-valid IP also fails).
When I hit the Info button in that same control panel, it says Hardware
Address Not Available. That seems bad. If it recognizes the card at
all, it ought to see the "hardware" (MAC) address in any situation,

There is a green LED lit up on the card itself, and the LED on the hub
lights up too...we tried re-seating the card, no change...tried
reinstalling OS 9.1...tried disabling the "Apple Built-in Ethernet" dice.

Anyone have any ideas? I wrote down some cryptic info off the card
itself, nothing obvious to me about the manufacturer or model
("SONIC-T"..."BD-059 Rev A"...?)

Thanks in advance,

-- MB
Received on Fri Apr 25 2003 - 21:38:01 BST

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