8.1 runs great on my cacheless 7100/66, which is a whole lot slower than an 8100/110. It runs way faster in general than my PowerBook 5300, which is odd, since it's a cacheless 117MHz, which by clock speed should be faster, but I guess the 601 is faster per clock than the 603.
The VGA adapter arrived, so now I have a usable screen resolution.
I thought I'd test out the system a bit now that I can use a proper screen, even though it is with the old SCSI disk.
After booting it up with an Ethernet cable plugged into the Asante card, it got online immediately, however, internet speed is SLOW. I'm downloading from Macintosh Garden with around 2.5kb/s, which is horrid. I'm going to have to figure out why, cause if this is a limitation of the Ethernet connection, I can't use it for file transfer on the LAN either.
Hum, modern internet is an insane load for a 90s computer. Mac Garden isn't the worst, but it's usually better to download on something else then transfer over. That said, I'm surprised the actual downloads are so slow, it's usually the web pages that are the issue.
What browser are you using? I'd suggest Classilla if you're running OS 9 (possibly 8.6), or Netscape if you're running older OSes... But I'm not the most experienced with browser's in classic macs I mostly... Avoid the internet.
The system only had IE5.0 installed, and that proved to be the weak link. I spent a good hour or so downloading Classilla, the download sped up to around 35kb/s at one point, and got that set up. Downloading a 3.5MB file in Classilla was over faster than the download speed counter could make up its mind, så clearly it wasn't the Ethernet.