Question: Best place to buy LC PDS ethernet and/or ADB keyboard & mouse (UK)

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  1. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to outfit my LC III with an ethernet port and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to where to find an LCD PDS ethernet card other than eBay or welovemacs.com. The prices seem a bit steep on both sites. For that matter, any ideas where to grab an ADB keyboard and mouse?

    Regards,
    mac1984user
     
  2. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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  3. mac1984user thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That exact item was already on my wishlist! With your endorsement, I better make it a reality. I had an offer on the LowEndMac forums, but that person hasn't gotten back to me after I agreed; seems I may be going with the Farallon. I take it the device needs the drivers to function rather than operate just on Apple's alone?
     
  4. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    I use the drivers included on the floppy that comes with it-- never tried it with apple's drivers... you could let us know :)
     
  5. mac1984user thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That I will do. I just got it ordered. =)
     
  6. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    The supplied floppy appears to contain v2.3 of the Farallon universal installer for PN590, PN592, PN594, PN596, PN890, PN892 cards which are the NuBUS cards (including the LC PDS cards PN592).

    It's the last version Farallon produced for the cards before being taken over by Proxim. Proxim never updated it.

    The installer contains the old 'Classic Networking" stack from Apple's own "Network Software Installer ZM-1.4.5" which was the last for System 6

    If you have System 7.x or later, you can get "Network Software Installer ZM-1.5.1 directly from Apple here:

    http://download.info.apple.com/Appl...twork_Software_Installer/ZM-NSI_1.5.1.sea.bin

    This will update AppleTalk to v58.1.5 and Network Control Panel to v3.0.2

    Or, you can ignore all this and it will work. :eek: Just adding additional info and resources. :)

    Additional reading about AppleTalk versions can be done here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA27937
     
  7. mkjj macrumors 6502a

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    If I can find a keyboard and mouse in my stash you can have them, might be a bit rough but get you started. Postage cost only :)
     
  8. mac1984user thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That was extremely helpful information, and it was very kind of you to go into such detail and provide useful links. I feel much more secure about my purchase following your info.

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    You've got yourself a deal! Thanks so much. I've PMed you. =)
     
  9. mac1984user thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is just a short note to say that the Farallon ethernet adapter for the LC PDS port work wonderfully with the LC III. I used the disk that came with it, as I figured that's what it's there for.

    I am happily file sharing between my LC III and my PowerMac G4 running OS X 10.4.11. There's apparently a rather involved process to get it working under modern Mac OS versions; I went through that whole process, got to the last couple of steps and ran into hurdle I just couldn't get past. For those interested, it's detailed here:

    http://forums.system7today.com/viewtopic.php?t=2978

    In any case, being able to access installation files from a shared folder makes using a classic Mac SO much more enjoyable, particularly since hours splitting files using 'Split & Join' and making endless floppies is something I don't have time for.

    In any case, all the best to you all. Oh, and special thanks to mkjj for organising the delivery of a keyboard and mouse.
     
  10. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    Awesome! :)
     
  11. LesCharles73 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for posting this! The link surprisingly still works. I just bought one for my LC III.

    On a somewhat-related side note... My LC is running system 7.1 and has Microsoft Word installed. I love the experience of using the computer so much that I'd really like to use it for all my word processing (which isn't much, just occasional short papers). Is there a way to get this to communicate with a modern printer? I don't have any other Macs in my collection (modern or otherwise, unfortunately), but I do have a Dropbox and Google Drive. My workhorse printer is a Brother HL-L234ODW running wireless since the router is in an inconvenient part of the house. If I need to, I can get a different printer for the Mac.

    Is this idea at all doable?
     

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