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Connect to internet with OS10.2.8

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Aug 21, 2012 8:09 PM

I am unable to connect to the internet with my old Powerbook G4 laptop running OS 10.2.8. WiFi is not an option with my Belkin Router (designed for my MacBook running OS 10.5.8) unless I lower the security settings on the router (??), which I would rather not do. If I disengage the router and connect an ethernet cable directly from the Powerbook to the back of my Time Warner modem, while the modem lights look normal, when I attempt to connect I receive the message that a PPP server could not be found. Any suggestions appreciated.......

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.2.x) , Internet connection: Time Warner
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to Lambent3)

    Some of the older G4 PowerBooks had AirPort card 802.11b installed and can not be upgraded with AirPort Extreme cards to use the current g/n standards. I got around this problem on my G3 Clamshell iBook (10.3.9) with the NewerTech MAXPower 802.11g/b Wireless USB Stick Adapter.


  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to dalstott)


    The user states that he is using an Ethernet cable to connect. "ethernet cable directly from the Powerbook"

    Not the wirless airport card.


    The PPP settings must be enabled in the network settings. Try going to the system preferences, network and then selecting the Ethernet connection. Check the PPPoE settings. make sure this has not been configured for VPN.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to Lambent3)



    Here a link that could provide some solutions



    Having read through this, PPP seems to referr to modem dial-up connection.

    If your Ethernet is connected to your external DSL modem then you should be able to use DSN to test.

    Check if you have the correct rJ4 cable.


    Best of luck

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 6:01 PM (in response to Lambent3)

    I was surprised to hear of the 10.4 restriction on the stick as my iBook with 10.3.9 works well. I should have read the description more closely as that is what it truly states.


    I checked and actually I have the  MAXPower 802.11n/g/b Wireless USB Stick Adapter with extension cradle which does not list any Mac OS X restrictions. My original reason for the cradle equiped stick was to avoid carelessly breaking it off the computer. I didn't realize there was a difference in the two sticks.


    The OWC statement for the b/g/n stick is:


    The easiest way to add 2.412GHz~2.484GHz Wireless Connectivity to ANY computer! 2 Year Warranty. (MXP3802NU2C)


    and the url



    A contact to Newer Tech or OWC could completely clear the muddy water I created. My apologies for the erroneous information.


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