Connecting to Internet on Power Mac g4 Cube

oggers

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I've recently been given a Power Mac g4 Cube. Can i connect to internet with an ether cable. And if so how? In advance
Philip Ogley
 

DeltaMac

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You need to find out what version of the Mac OS is installed. If it still has some version of Mac OS 9 (the older Mac system), then you probably only need to plug an ethernet cable in, the other end of that cable goes to a router, and perhaps restart your Cube.
If it boots to OS X, then you just plug the ethernet cable in, and you shouldn't even need to restart.

Probably the first step is to try to start your cube. (Sometimes you get free computers that no longer work!)
Good luck.
 

bunnspecial

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As said, a wired connection should "just work."

Depending on what OS you're using, a browser that will even render web pages can be difficult to come by. If you are running OS 9, fire up Internet Explorer 5 and you SHOULD be able to grab Classilla from their Gopher server at this address gopher://gopher.floodgap.com/1/gopher/clients/mac/ . It's moderately usable, and is designed to present itself as an older Nokia smartphone and render the mobile versions of websites.

For Tiger, there are a few other options but Safari should let you get to TenFourFox. TFF is a fork of Firefox that's maintained for PowerPC computers. For a stock Cube, you need the 7400 version.
 

oggers

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As said, a wired connection should "just work."

Depending on what OS you're using, a browser that will even render web pages can be difficult to come by. If you are running OS 9, fire up Internet Explorer 5 and you SHOULD be able to grab Classilla from their Gopher server at this address gopher://gopher.floodgap.com/1/gopher/clients/mac/ . It's moderately usable, and is designed to present itself as an older Nokia smartphone and render the mobile versions of websites.

For Tiger, there are a few other options but Safari should let you get to TenFourFox. TFF is a fork of Firefox that's maintained for PowerPC computers. For a stock Cube, you need the 7400 version.
Thanks,I'm using Mac OS X version 10.3.9. When I download Tenfourfox it doesn't work. Is there another browser I can use?
 
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oggers

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Jul 13, 2019
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You need to find out what version of the Mac OS is installed. If it still has some version of Mac OS 9 (the older Mac system), then you probably only need to plug an ethernet cable in, the other end of that cable goes to a router, and perhaps restart your Cube.
If it boots to OS X, then you just plug the ethernet cable in, and you shouldn't even need to restart.

Probably the first step is to try to start your cube. (Sometimes you get free computers that no longer work!)
Good luck.
Thanks. I have OS X 10.3.9 will that work with some browser?
 

eyoungren

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Thanks,I'm using Mac OS X version 10.3.9. When I download Tenfourfox it doesn't work. Is there another browser I can use?
TenFourFox doesn't work on Panther because it's…Panther.

TenFourFox works on Tiger and above. It even says so in the name. Ten (10) Four (4) Fox. 10.4, i.e, Tiger.

If you're unwilling to update past Panther then stick with the browsers linked to above.

However, you'll find your browsing experience is fairly bad. A consequence of not wanting to update.
 

bunnspecial

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Officially, the only answer we're allowed to give on here is to buy an install disk-Ebay is probably the easiest way to do this.

Unofficially, there reputable places on the internet where it can be found. One might look to a garden of Macintoshes.

As a side note, the standard Cube configuration had a DVD-ROM drive, but a CD-RW was optional(I seem to usually see them on 500mhz models, but they could be had on both). The standard distribution of 10.4 was on a DVD, but since there were computers that both supported Tiger and had a CD-ROM drive. Consequently, you could exchange the DVD for a 4-CD set at the Apple store(I have some original CD sets, and it looks like they were burned in the store on demand). In any case, images of both versions can be found on the internet-find out what type of drive you have, download the appropriate one, and burn it.

It's actually also possible to install off USB, but this will be a slow process over the USB 1.1 connection in the Cube.