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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 03:06 AM   #1
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PCMCIA ethernet card for powerbook which and where to get?

i am looking for a PCMCIA ethernet card for my 867 ti powerbook.
can anyone suggest which brand or model will work? i am running panther 10.3.9.
much appreciated.

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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 07:44 AM   #2
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I'd try a linksys and get it from one of the big electronics places as you can return it if it doesnt work. I'm pretty sure most any of the ethernet cards will work though.
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I have this one and I love it.

no drivers required as it uses the airport extreme one.

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=136500
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WZ - he needs hard wired ethernet not wireless.

RC = that looks like the ticket.



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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #7
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I downloaded the DLink drivers from the Chemeister's link. They have both OSX and OS9 drivers.
The Read Me file from the OS9 download even says you can modify the driver file to work with other cards. It also has instructions on how to do the modifications. I'm pretty sure this is a basic Realtek driver that was modified to make it specific to the DLink card.
You can download Realtek drivers directly from Realtek. They make the chips for a lot of cards. The trick is knowing what cards have the chip. That's easy enough with PCI cards since you can actually see the chips. PCMCIA cards are another story since the chips aren't visible.
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Check out the ad posted yesterday by rodkin in the Trading Post (Accessories). It's a brand new PCMCIA wireless card that uses the same chipset as Airport Extreme, and it's only $55. Pretty cool.
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Angry D-link, no good

My powerbook's Ethernet port was struck by lightening yesterday and I can't get it repaired for a couple weeks. Since my wireless is messed up too I wanted to get a PCMCIA Ethernet card to get back up and running.

Well, DON'T get the D-link if you're running OS X. I have a computer downstairs with the Realtek Ethernet card in it on OS X and I got kernel panics each time I tried to pump a lot of data through the line.

Not only that, I did purchase this D-link PCMCIA card not knowing it was realtek. I installed it and it was recognized (I'm running 10.4.1) but when I setup the IP and everything it would not route at all. I could not ping my router or anything. Then I would choose "power off card" from the pc-card menu and I would get a kernel panic.

In the system log I would have this error every 3 seconds:
kernel[0]: rtl8139:rx-err!,CAPR=0xfff0,CBR=0x44

I went to the realtek website and downloaded the latest driver, it was dated after the D-link driver. It didn't work either.

I am taking it back to the store. Unfortunately, however, I don't think there is any other Ethernet solution for the Mac. I could go wireless, but where I'm going to be next week doesn't have wireless capabilities. *sigh* sometimes it's not so great being a Mac user.
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