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I switched my machine to real IP from our 192.168.x.x but then my transfers from our file server stunk. So I found these 10.1 drivers on VersionTracker. Most of the cheap $10-$15 ethernet cards use the rtl8139c chipset. I found both D-Link DFE530TX+ and the SMC1244TX. I got a D-Link for $10 with a $10 rebate at a local store. Installed the card and ran the driver package. Worked perfectly first try. I guess gone are the days of "Mac Only" hardware. I'm thrilled. An easy way to tell if a card will work is look at the linux drivers, if they are rtl8139, you're set.
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Authored by: bhines on Oct 11, '01 02:17:28AM

I got an 8139 card for my mom's 6500 for $5 on ebay. They have OS9 drivers too of course.

I also saw someone selling a ETHERNET CARD FOR A MAC 6500 for $60+.. folks bid it up there. If you put "MAC" in the title, folks think its specific and bid. Unfortunate.

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Authored by: JB Cheong on Oct 11, '01 08:48:19AM

I'm using the MacSense FE551 card on my Gossamer. It's Made for Mac but until I found the said realtek driver, the card won't work under OS X. Now it is working flawlessly.

I want to point out that the reverse might be true if you use a "cheap" card. It will work under OS X, but you probably can't use it under OS 9.

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Experience with realtek driver and Farallon card
Authored by: Obi on Oct 11, '01 05:32:09PM


I have similar experiences with the realtek driver and
a Farallon net-line card in my DA 533 G4. It seems
to work, connecting to the internet works, printing not.

The second PCI ethernet slot card shows up in the
network preferences nicely. This enables you to make
your own settings for this card.
I've set up mine up to use appletalk, and it is

However, I have a strange problem with printing.
I have a Laserjet 4M PS printer connected to the Farallon card.
It is recognized with appletalk, but when it prints
it only prints postscript error messages. This happens
in any program under X.
I've tried to restore the factory settings of the
printer, but it didn't work.
The Farallon card works fine with a cable modem connected to
it under X. So it appears that the drivers work, at least
with a cable modem.



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