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Technical Informations and Network adapter PDS on Mac LC III

Hi,
I have installed a network card on the PDS slot on my Mac LC III, I would like to know if I need to install the drivers in order to use it. Also I would like to know if from MacOS there is a way to view hardware information as it appears in Device Manager on Windows.

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If drivers are available, it is recommended to install them.
Depends probably on the manufacturer of the network card.
If it is an Apple product, later Mac OS versions may include the driver software already.

If your network card is recognized, I think it must be listed under "Apple Menu" -> "Control Panels" -> "Modem"

Hardware informations can be read with the 3rd-party application TechTool, and for the Mac LC use older versions, that are 68k-capable:
TechTool 1.x, TechTool Pro 2.5 (Mac OS 7.0+), TechTool Pro 3.0.6 (Mac OS 7.5.5+).

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I have inserted a photo of the LAN PDS card.

https://ibb.co/RyRVJ6X

In the control panel I should have the entry TCP / IP, but it is not there. Maybe I need to install the drivers first? Where can I find them?

As for the TechTool software, I downloaded both versions 1.x, as they are the only ones I can put on a floppy disk, but in both cases when I expand the images on the floppy disks with RaWrite from Windows I get illegible disks.
Why?

Thank you
G.

PS: My Mac LC III is running MacOS 7.5.5

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Hi G. Could you add your screenshots to the MG's free Image Hosting site, please?
    - I'm unable to view those images at ibb.co Sad

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http://images.macintosh.garden/2021/05/03/LAN_PDS.jpeg

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Thanks for the screenshot, G, it's helpful.

According to this website, this is an Apple supplied part... if so, then the Apple supplied network drivers should be all you need.

However, the lack of an "Apple Computer" stamped onto the card, is a little off-putting for me to say 100% this is an Apple part.

I stumbled upon an obscure reference to the on-board MX98803AFC controller as being a Dayna chipset.

I which case, it the Apple network drivers fail, you can try Dayna drivers (these have LC specific drivers).

What Mac OS version is running on the LC III ?

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MacOS 7.5.5

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You should have the Extensions; "EtherTalk 2", "Network Extension", and "Thread Manager" (v2.1) installed.

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there are none of the three you listed among the extensions

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Try the 3rd DL on the Network Installers page. This will get those drivers, except for Thread manager, which is here.

[Edit] you won't need Thread Manager as it's built into the OS after 7.5, so disregard that one.

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Ok, i try Dayna drivers.

Does the fact that I don't see the tcp / ip entry in the control panel mean anything?

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Open the AppleTalk Control Panel and see if you can see "Ethernet" as a option in the drop-down menu, and the same for the TCP/IP Control Panel.

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In the control panel there is the entry Network and the entry MacTCP

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In which case the Network Installers linked in the posts above should install the AppleTalk CP - but I think it should also be installed with 7.5.5 so maybe you can get it from the 7.5.5 installers too.