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imac DV internet access

by nneil / May 31, 2013 9:01 PM PDT

Hi I have an old imac DV which I haven't used since getting broadband. I want to get on the internet but don't know if it's compatible with broadband as it has it's own internal modem if I remember correctly.
Can anyone offer any help?

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Not only did it have its own modem, it also had,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 31, 2013 10:48 PM PDT

its own Ethernet port which you will find right next to the modem port. They look similar but the ethernet port is the larger of the two.

Just connect that venerable old iMac to your router, in the same way as your other computers, configure the network settings and off you go.

What version of the Mac OS is that machine running?
The 350Mhz version can run 10.3.9 tops while the 400Mhz will support 10.4.11
This applies to the Tray loading and the Slot loading versions of the DV model

A few more details about the DV would be handy.


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by nneil / June 1, 2013 12:16 AM PDT

It runs OS 9 and is the slot loading version, 400MHz. I take it the modem port is the one with the telephone symbol?
I did plug into the other port but it did not connect, I'm rather rusty with this computer and haven't used it for many years.
I've just tried the ethernet port and it wouldn't connect. My internet provider said I shouldn't need passwords etc. just plug in. Do I need to alter the settings to point it in the right direction as it's never been used with broadband before?

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Yes you do.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 1, 2013 11:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks,

If it was ever used to get on the internet via the modem, there are a number of settings that need changing.

I'll get back to you with what they are.

FYI, the browser on that machine is not going to give you anywhere close to a satisfying experience. A lot of websites will not display correctly.


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Here is what you do.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 2, 2013 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks,

With the iMac on and the ethernet cable connected.
Under the Apple Menu, choose Control Panels then choose TCP/IP
On the page that appears:
Set Connect via to Ethernet
Set Configure to Using DHCP
Click Options and set TCP/IP to Active

If the Connect via will not go to Ethernet, then either the ethernet port is faulty or the ethernet cable is not connected to a good ethernet source.

Good Luck


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(NT) Did that work for you?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 4, 2013 9:53 PM PDT
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