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I have a Yikes! G4 that has two hard drives installed, one has OS 9.2 and the other has OS 8.6.  I am using built in ethernet to access a small LAN via Appleshare in the Chooser.  When I use the drive with OS 9.2 installed as the startup drive, I have no problems seeing all of the other classic OS computers on the network, and I can access their data.  When I start up in OS 8.6, I can only see 1 other computer (which is running OS 9.2) and I can't access it.  Trying to sign in brings up a status bar which spins for a while, and then tells me that "No response from server. Please try again."  I can sometimes get in through the Network Browser via the IP addresses, but it's glitchy, and not real practical because we use DHCP and the IP addresses change every time we re-start our computers.  Now I am pretty sure there are no hardware issues because everything works beautifully when I have booted up in OS 9.2, and when I am booted up in OS 8.6, the information in my TCP/IP panel comes up the way it should, getting an address via DHCP the way it should.

 

I have checked all of my settings, making sure Appletalk is turned on, and that TCP/IP was set up correctly.  I've tried doing a clean install, using the original Apple Software CD that came with the computer.  Someone suggested swiping the OS 9 ethernet extensions and replacing them in OS 8.6, and that just froze my computer.  I am stumped as to why I can't access the other networked volumes, when I have 3 beige G3 PowerMacs (OS 8.6) and a Sawtooth G4 (OS 9.2.2) that can see and access each other access the network.

 

Does anyone know how I can solve this problem?  I really need the G4 Yikes! to function on 8.6, because I need 8.6 AND USB to solve a problem we have here.

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I've made some headway on this issue, but it is far from solved.  If the G4 starts up first, and all the other Classic OS Macs start up after, I don't have trouble with it seeing them, and them seeing it.  I am wondering if this all has something to do with DHCP, and if I should just assign some static IP addresses to the Macs that give me so much trouble?

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Assigning a Static IP doesn't help.  I downloaded a G3 Ethernet update discussed on another thread, but that isn't going to help: it's an older version than the one that is on the g4.

I am really hoping someone has some suggestions, because I really need to get this issue resolved.  

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The ethernet issue appears to have gone away, and this is what appears to have solved it:

 

I had a beige G3 on the network that was having intermittent connection problems, like disconnecting itself from the network for no apparent reason, then refusing to show up on the network unless it was restarted, or showing up in the chooser with gobbledygook in place of its name.  I replaced it with another beige G3 unit for which I had gotten the motherboard cleaned and recapped, and has a third party Fast Ethernet card installed. Now it behaves, and the G4 behaves too.  We were leaving the G4 on all the time because once we got it connecting to the network, it would continue to connect unless we had to restart it for some reason.  After we replaced the G3, we had a power failure forcing us to restart everybody, and the G4 connected to the network without any trouble. Is it possible that the G3 was the problem all the long?  

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