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Newbie Larva

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From: Memphis,TN,USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted January 16, 2002 06:11     Click Here to See the Profile for memphis_anne   Click Here to Email memphis_anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a iMac DV SE, about 3 years old. 13 GB HD, 384 RAM, airport card installed and set up as airport software base station for my iBook.
I was keeping the iMac strictly an OS9 machine ... until I bought an 80 GB Maxtor external firewire HD. I initialized the Maxtor, installed a fresh copy of 9.1, then updated to 9.2, copied the stuff I needed from the internal 13 GB drive. I used the Airport CD to reset up the new HD as the software base station, and it works just fine.
Then I intitialized (wiped clean) the internal 13 GB HD and installed OSX on it. Updated to 10.1 .... ran the software update in System Preferences til I was up to speed with everything.
Now when the iMac is booted in X, the airport does not work, and I can NOT find anywhere instructions to set up a software base station under OSX. I can reboot to 9 on the Maxtor drive and it works again, but I'd kinda like to have both the iMac and iBook booted in X at times, and have the darned thing work.
Any help y'all can give me would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.

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Super Geek

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From: Boston, MA, USA
Registered: Aug 2001

posted January 16, 2002 10:07     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apple Knowledgebase Article 106507

Which basically says OS X doesn't do that, and that you can create a "computer to computer network" instead.

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Super Geek

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From: Fort Collins
Registered: Oct 2001

posted January 16, 2002 15:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Ti     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm afraid Andrew and the TIL are correct on this issue, you'll have to keep running 9 on the older one if you want it to be used as a base station, I ran into the same problem :-(

Computer to computer works fine for filesharing though...

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Super Geek

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From: University of Florida
Registered: Jul 2001

posted January 17, 2002 15:38     Click Here to See the Profile for Lex   Click Here to Email Lex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Despite OSX's lack of a real software base station app, it can be done with some unix hacking or a handy dandy shareware app (which does the unix hacking for you). The basic gist is that the built-in firewall in OSX can redirect packets elsewhere, so it can redirect traffic from your airport card to your ethernet card. So turn on the computer to computer wireless network and download something to do it for you. You might want to look around, but last I checked the program BrickHouse should be able to do it for you. It is primarily a firewall configurator, but also has somewhat easy to use options for doing the redirection. After that you shouldn't need to run BrickHouse unless something isn't working right.

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posted January 18, 2002 21:51           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might also want to check out IPNetShareX should work for you. I've had good luck with their products.

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From: Royersford, PA, United States
Registered: Oct 2001

posted January 21, 2002 20:30     Click Here to See the Profile for Dahak   Click Here to Email Dahak     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw a freeware program that sets up a software basestation on Mac OS X. It's available here:

"A child of five could understand this! Therefore, fetch me a child of five!"

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