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Network a G4 (OS 9) to a eMac (OS X)

I purchased a Crossover Cable and connected my G4 to my  eMac, yet nothing is happening. Guy at the store send software comes with computers to connect. What is my next step in being able to work on my G4 using the eMac monitor?

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Providing your G4 has its own monitor and both computers are up and running, the only thing you will be able to do with your crossover cable is file sharing, etc. You will be creating a LAN between the two.

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OK - first, crossover cables let you network PCs together without a switch or router. I would strongly recommend returning the crossover cable and buying a router so that you can use both computers on the internet at the same time.

Second, the eMac monitor can not directly be used as a monitor for your G4 - it's not built that way. However, you can use Screen Sharing on OS X (if both have Leopard) or Apple Remote Desktop software (if you buy it) to remote control the G4 using the eMac.

You will DEFINITELY need a monitor on the G4 in order to set it up at all, so I hope you have that.

Keep in mind that you can buy, for less than $200, an LCD screen that is larger and better quality than the eMac, and it would leave the eMac useful as a second computer. Since the eMac is unlikely to work at all with Leopard, and you'd have to buy Apple Remote Desktop, you're going to spend less money by buying a separate screen for the G4.

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