1 Reply Latest reply: May 11, 2012 3:55 PM by BriGuy
BriGuy Level 1 (0 points)

My PowerBook G4 17" 1.33 gHz won't connect to the internet after the battery ran out of power in sleep mode.  Also, the date has changed to 1969.  Resetting the PRAM and PMU didn't work.  Restarting the cable modem didn't work.  The ethernet cable is fine.


The cable company's representative verified my modem operates normally, but said my IP address starts with the wrong three digits.  The PowerBook assigns its own IP address over DHCP.


What should I do to connect to the internet again? 

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), G4 17"
  • BriGuy Level 1 (0 points)

    I figured out the problem.  After charging the battery, my PowerBook self-assigned an IP address beginning with 169, which doesn't accept an internet connection.  All the usual resets didn't work, including resetting the modem.  However, I found that disabling the firewall temporarily, going into Network Preferences, turning DHCP off, clicking Apply, selecting Using DHCP and clicking Apply again allowed my modem to assign a working IP address to my PowerBook.  I enabled the firewall afterwards.