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macIPX problem on 3400

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I've got a Powerbook 3400/200 with 48 mb RAM and OS 7.6.1 running OT 1.1.1.  I'm using the built-in ethernet port.  

I can't get MacIPX to open the driver.  When I open the control panel, it tells me:
"Network Number:  N/A (driver not opened)
Node Number:       N/A (driver not opened)"

All the other macs on the network have never had a problem with this.  I'm running system 7.6.1 and I've got 48 mb of RAM.  All other ethernet connenctions (TCP/IP, AppleTalk) work without a hitch.

any ideas?

Thanks,
jason
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This is normal operation for MacIPX v1.3, which ships with the NetWare Client for Mac OS 5.1x. The "driver not opened" message means the driver is loaded in memory but is not active, it does not have an IPX network number yet and is not sending or receiving any packets.  The driver will open when the first application using MacIPX specifically opens the driver.  For example, when the user launches the NetWare Directory Browser, MacIPX will initialize and establish itself on the IPX network.

If IPX will not initialize when a MacIPX application is opened, check the frame type settings by double-clicking the ethernet icon in the MacIPX control panel.

If you still have no luck then you may be subject to a problem which is thought to only affect the Macintosh 5400 6500, 6400 and 6360.  This problem has been confirmed by Apple Computer and is a known problem with the Apple Ethenet CS II (CommSlot) card. A fix is available from Apple's web site (http://www.info.apple.com) in a file called "6360-64xx-54xx Update 1.0".

With the fix from Apple installed, the MacIPX client can be initialized by opening the MacIPX Control Panel, selecting the AppleTalk icon, then select the Ethernet icon. The IPX net number should then show at the bottom of the control panel and the client should function properly.

The MacIPX does not fully support this configuration and will not initialize normally when attempting to log in to the file server or mount a volume through the NetWare Directory Browser.

Another alternative is to install and configure NetWare for Macintosh on the file server and have the Macintosh workstations log in through the Chooser (via AppleTalk).

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good ideas, but none of them come close to helping my problem.  Something else is a foot with this...
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