G4 Cube ethernet problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Tito910, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. Tito910 macrumors member

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    So I recently acquired a g4 cube in very good condition. However, I have since learned that the ethernet port appears to be faulty. The card is detected in the OS, but there's no effect when plugging in the cable. OSX doesn't detect it and the switch LEDs stay off. The ethernet cable is known to be good.

    I'm unable to see any damage on the card itself. Is there any resolution other than replacing the card? The few places that sell them are asking for crazy amounts.
     
  2. RhianB macrumors 6502

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    Maybe a USB wifi solution? I don't own a cube but many here do. Good luck!
     
  3. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I might have a solution for you,
    I sent you a personal message.
     
  4. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    You may use the WLAN-Stick EDIMAX EW-7811Un for wireless connection. It supports Tiger and the latest Wifi-encryption.
     
  5. MikeatOSX macrumors regular

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    Edimax is a very good solution, but it occupies the USB connectors of Cube speakers and Cube keyboard...
     
  6. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    You may attach it to the Display or Keyboard which both sport 2 USB-ports.
     
  7. MikeatOSX macrumors regular

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  8. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    I use the Edimax with my Clamshell G3 / USB1.
    Personally I can cope with this Edimax-solution though it's a big loss of speed (Ethernet is 10 or 100 Mbit/s compared to USB1.1 with 1,5 or 12 Mbit/s)
    Obviously there's no option to get ethernet via firewire.
     
  9. Tito910 thread starter macrumors member

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    A big thank you to JBarley for sending me a replacement card for no change. It was unexpected but greatly appreciated! :) The Cube works great now.

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    Also I took a closer look at my first broken card. It appears to have eaten a surge on the rj45 port. The traces were vaporized and the initial resistors are fried.
     

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