First post, by AtomicPlayboy
I've got just about everything working with my Power Mac 6500, with the exception of the NIC that I bought - a Dell PCI NIC using the Realtek RTL8139c chipset. This seemed to be a good choice, as many reports claimed that it is compatible with this hw/os combination, but I cannot get it working. I've tried a variety of drivers, including ones which specify OS9 compatibility, to no avail. I even followed some instructions for hacking the driver to work with my specific card's device ID, still no dice. The PCI slot works, and the NIC itself is powered on and detected by the system profiler, and I can the activity lights blinking, it's just that the OS cannot detect it as a networking device and use it with the network stack. I also tried this with Mac OS versions 9.0.4 and 9.1.
So two questions:
1) Has anyone been able to successfully installed a RTL8139c-based NIC? If so, can you share any tricks?
2) Does anyone have any recommendations for other cards / chipsets that they can confirm will work with my machine.
Thanks in advance.