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PowerMac G4 won't connect to internet

by Charlotte_Sterling / October 17, 2011 2:41 PM PDT

OS 9.2.2, PPC - 900Mhz processor speed. Use Netscape Browser. After browser opens, page remains mostly blank, with skeletal info at the top from my IP. At bottom in address bar, it's processing as if it's trying to connect but doesn't. Then screen freezes. Same problem with IE browser but also shuts down my computer so have to reboot. (have maximum amount of memory - 1.GB with most of memory available. My TCP/IP info is correct. Been through various other help sites and cannot figure out how to fix! thanks, Charlotte Sterling

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Could it be that your browsers
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 18, 2011 5:24 AM PDT

are being completely overwhelmed by the websites you are visiting.
IE for Mac has not been updated in 12 years and I doubt that Netscape is much more up to date than that.
The internet has moved on in leaps and bounds since System 9.2.2 was a viable OS.

If you have another computer available, I would take a look around the internet for a plain and simple website you could use as a test site.

Just what is your home page set to? (as in, what's the url)


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internet access via PowerMacG4
by Charlotte_Sterling / October 25, 2011 11:41 AM PDT


I am aware that "The internet has moved on in leaps and bounds since
System 9.2.2 was a viable OS." I am also aware that IE and Netscape
are pretty much non-existent!!!!!!!! Because I am unable to access the web from this OLD MAC, I cannot download anything to that computer, including better browsers.

I would like to be able to access the web from this older computer.

I did spend considerable time trying to find solutions from other help websites, but perhaps this problem is unsolvable. I had increased my processor speed to the max for that OS/machine
(900mhz). It's a Power Logix processor. The TCP/IP is correct. My
ethernet cable & router works fine (switched out with my eMac and
got the same issue). I do have a disk for the last version of Netscape
that I suppose I could reinstall to try and see if that fixes this issue. But I was able to access the web from this computer without any problems
over a year ago. My IP is the same (Charter Communications).

(I have another MAC - eMac with 0S 10.4.11 on which I use wonderful current browsers - Camino, Safari and FireFox.)

However, since this Thread does indicate for Classic OS, I thought
perhaps someone might have some suggestions I could try to fix this
problem, rather than get sarcastic comments about the "internet moving
in leaps and bounds". I'm so sorry if I'm wasting your time.

Thanks so much for your help!!

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"Because I am unable to access the web from this OLD MAC,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 25, 2011 11:44 AM PDT

" Because I am unable to access the web from this OLD MAC, I cannot
download anything to that computer, including better browsers."

That's an odd statement. Can't you carry apps to it via CD or USB memory sticks?

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Because I am unable to access the web from this OLD MAC
by Charlotte_Sterling / October 26, 2011 6:14 AM PDT

I can try but when I had searched archived sites for other browsers was unable to find anything for OS 9.2.2 (also it's PPC not INTEL).

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Here's an archive of such (Apple too!)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2011 6:24 AM PDT
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Nice one Bob
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 26, 2011 6:43 AM PDT

Maybe 5.2.3 is the last of the IE, I thought it was 5.1


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System 9.2.2
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 26, 2011 6:41 AM PDT

this confuses me a little.
"(switched out with my eMac and got the same issue)."
Do you mean that the eMac would not access the internet?

why not update System 9.2.2 to OS X 10.4.11 and go surfing to your hearts content.

Last version of IE for system 9.2.2 is 5.1

I have it if you need it.


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iMac's Classic and newer browsers
by uhoh_num2 / December 18, 2012 8:51 PM PST


I'm on the hunt also, got a friends 'puter that has same OS but much lesser juice than yours. Her's had the same response to web sites as yours. No freezes, Oh...BTW, don't worry about your current config...its good, its your browser and the newer web configurations. She's got the same browser and when navigating to various site her sys looks and gives the same display. Its the browser's capabilities.

To add to this: I'm on the hunt also for a newer browser that'll interact with the current web and the older iMac. So far I've found a recommendation...Name: Classilla Website: Don't download the 9.3.1 version, I've tried and get the message that some sort of install package something was corrupted on the, that leads me to believe that I need to find an older version/archived version if its available in the "Classilla" flavor. Don't fret though....trying to meld the old with the new is just another on....I'm going to...this thing ain't gonna' beat me. I'll follow your thread and if I find one that works I'll let ya know. Lol, keep fightin' the good fight!!! Something/some browser has GOT to be out there..."Help me Jesus"...Please....


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