IPX and addon PCI ethernet
Posted on 1997-02-26
I have a PCI based mac clone with an add on ethernet card(made by farallon) OT 1.1.1 and the latest release of MacIPX.
Unfortunately Novell doesn't support netware on PCI add-on ethernet cards for the MacOS. This is because MacIPX acts directly on the hardware, rather than using a tool like OT. It looks for the built in ethernet from apple(used in a few clones as well) , but cannot us other drivers. Apple, on the macs with pci ethernet cards, wrote a wedge to get MacIPX to think the hardware existed, so that tose macs could run netware and MacIPX.
The assistance engineers (andI got past the first lines of support) at apple said they weren't planning anything, and novell refused to release information about products that aren't official to the public. The guys at farallon and AST(my clone), tried to be helpful, but didn't have any information on a solution.
A solution would be either a patch that would allow MacIPX to work, or better yet, a different IPX client than MacIPX(I've been all over town on this one).
BTW It's really Novell's fault for writing for hardware rather than OT. Hardware should be left to the OS.
**Find me a solution, a way to make the IPX protocol work