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Old Oct 5th, 2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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IMac G5 rev A Ethernet port (common?) problem..

For over almost a year I've not been able to use my Ethernet port on my IMac G5 (17" rev A) to connect to my dsl modem.
At first I thought it was just me not knowing how to configure it in the Networks preference pane so we just went wireless but that was a pain since the connection often failed. I went overseas for 7 months and my family made do with this set-up.

When I got back I looked into it further,did some research and it turns out my Thomson Speedtouch modem is part of a batch with known Ethernet port failures. I got another good Speedtouch modem and i still can't connect with the Ethernet using the IMac but can with my G4 Cube and Macbook. Looks like the G5's port is shot. Doing a bit of Googling on the subject, I found some reference to others having the same problem.
Anyone here have this issue with their early IMacs G5?
Unfortunately,it's out of warranty now so I can't get it repaired.
Just to make sure I'm not missing something or (messed up the settings)on the configuration or set up for Ethernet, can someone give me the quick run-thru on the best way to do it?
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For over almost a year I've not been able to use my Ethernet port on my IMac G5 (17" rev A) to connect to my dsl modem.
At first I thought it was just me not knowing how to configure it in the Networks preference pane so we just went wireless but that was a pain since the connection often failed. I went overseas for 7 months and my family made do with this set-up.

When I got back I looked into it further,did some research and it turns out my Thomson Speedtouch modem is part of a batch with known Ethernet port failures. I got another good Speedtouch modem and i still can't connect with the Ethernet using the IMac but can with my G4 Cube and Macbook. Looks like the G5's port is shot. Doing a bit of Googling on the subject, I found some reference to others having the same problem.
Anyone here have this issue with their early IMacs G5?
Unfortunately,it's out of warranty now so I can't get it repaired.
Just to make sure I'm not missing something or (messed up the settings)on the configuration or set up for Ethernet, can someone give me the quick run-thru on the best way to do it?
Make sure that you really have a hardware problem - create a new user and try to configure your Internet connection when booted in that account.
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Airport should provide a low cost work around - easy to install on that model.



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Ethernet port failures aren't "common" anywhere but Florida -- we used to see a LOT of them due to lightning strikes. Yes, the ethernet cord carries power!

You should test the port using a different cord and try connecting it to something other than that router, just to verify that the port is in fact dead.
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