iMac G5 + USB Modem...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TENBLUE7™, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. TENBLUE7™ macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Sheffield - England
    ...long story short as this is a pig of a job.

    Friend of a friend of a friend on dial-up.

    Has an old iMac G4 - dials up fine.

    His new iMac G5 - no dial tone detected.

    I've had the modem and the iMac at my house for an hour and it works fine, even on my G5, an iBook and a PowerBook.

    He's had a new modem and a new cable - no joy.

    Any Suggestions?

  2. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I'm thinking the dial-tone may be too quiet for that modem, at your friend's house. Have you tried un-ticking the 'wait for dial-tone before dialing' option, in the modem settings?

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  3. TENBLUE7™ thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Sheffield - England
    Hello thanks for the reply.

    Tried "Do not wait for dial tone" amongst every other setting that could make a difference.

    It's the fact that the old internal modem on the G4 is fine so you'd assume the problem is with the G5 and the USB Modem but like I said I've had them working everytime.

    I cannot get over to the guys house as I'm working constantly - this is the main problem - it lies at his home.

    Thanks a lot.
  4. Sam Luis Obispo macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2006
    Ran across the following situation:
    iBook G4 at site A: Connects by dial-up effortlessly. Total elapsed time to load ISP webpage almost 3 and a half minutes.

    iBook G4 at site B: Connects by dial-up to same provider(but different phone number [different area code]) takes what seems like a long time to establish a connection and when it does, total elapsed time to load ISP webpage over 7 and a half minutes.

    iMac G5 + external USB modem(&10.4.4) at site B: Takes a long time to connect and when it does, total elapsed time to load ISP webpage(with errors) over 13 minutes. Seems to disconnect randomly. (two different modems) :(

    Granted that this is hardly authoritative, it looks like iBook G4 internal modem is more successful negotiating this same situation than the G5 + external modem.

    Does you G4 connect & operate at the same speed at both locations?

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