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Yahoo! BB Configuration for Older Systems

Q. How do I configure a computer with an older Operating System (Mac OS 9 or earlier; Windows 95/98/Me/2000, etc.)

A. First check to see if you're already able to connect. If not, then see the instructions for your system below.

Automatic Connection

Yahoo! BB uses the industry standard internet configuration called "DHCP with Automatic Addressing (PPPoE off)." That configuration is the default setting for most systems so you may be able to connect automatically without configuration.

Automatic Connection Fails

If you are unable to connect immediately, you should first check the modem.

LINK Lamp

Check that the modem is connecting with the Yahoo! BB server by looking at the LINK lamp on the modem. The link lamp is marked in katakana: リンク. If that lamp does not glow steady, then you are not connected to the YBB server and nothing you do to your computer configuration will fix it.

Restarting the Modem

The next thing to do if the LINK lamp does not glow steady is to restart the Yahoo! BB modem. To do that, remove the power plug from the back of the modem. In the white modems, it's the round plug at the bottom. Wait 30 seconds and then plug it back it. Next wait about 2 1/2 minutes or until the blinking lamps settle down.

If the LINK lamp still does not glow steady, it means you are not connected to the Yahoo! BB server or the connection is unstable. In that case, nothing you do to the computer will get you connected. You have to find out why there is no connection.

The Link Lamp Glows Steady

If the LINK lamp is glowing steady, the two most common reasons that automatic connection fails are:

  1. Macs: the Network settings are set to something other than the standard setting.
  2. Windows: the LAN adapter (card or other device) or uts driver are not installed or configured correctly.

Check Computer Configuration

If the modem connection appears to be okay, then you should check the configuration of the computer.

Macintosh OS 8.5 - 9.x

(Open Transport 2.7 Required)

  1. Open the control panel for TCP/IP and choose the DHCP server connection.
  2. Close panel.

Windows 95, 98 and Windows ME

  1. Right click on the Network Neighborhood (for ME it is My Network Places) icon on your desktop and open up 'Properties' to get to the 'Configurations' tab.

  2. Scroll down the field to the TCP/IP line that indicates your Ethernet (Network Interface Card) adapter (not dial up) connection. Highlight and open that selection.

  3. Click to choose 'Obtain an IP address automatically' if it is not already chosen. (Do not click OK at any time until the end).

  4. Choose and open the 'Gateway' tab at the top. All fields should be empty. If not, highlight and remove.

  5. Click on 'WINS' Configuration' tab and select the 'Disable WINS Resolution' radio button.

  6. Choose and open the DNS Configuration tab at the top. All fields should be empty. If not, highlight and delete, then select "Disable DNS."

  7. Click OK (twice) and with Windows 95/98 you should now be prompted to restart your computer for your settings to take effect. Windows ME may not require you to restart.

Windows 2000 IP Address Configuration

  1. Right click on 'My Network Places' icon on your desktop and open up 'Properties' window.

  2. Double click on 'Local Area Connection' and press 'Properties'.

  3. Highlight 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and select 'Properties'.

  4. Click to choose 'Obtain an IP address automatically' if it is not already chosen.

  5. Click to choose 'Obtain DNS Server address automatically' if it is not already chosen.

  6. Click OK (twice). You should not need to restart your computer for your settings to take effect (finally).

Windows NT 3.51/4.0 IP Address Configuration

  1. Right click on the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop and open up 'Properties".

  2. Select the 'Protocols' tab.

  3. Highlight the "TCP/IP Protocol" entry in the "Network Protocols" listbox and press the "Properties..." button.

  4. Make sure your Network Adapter is displayed in the "Adapter:" combo box. Use the down arrow to expand the selection and select it if it is not.

  5. Click the 'Obtain an IP address automatically" radio button.

  6. Choose and open the 'DNS" tab at the top.

  7. Click to choose 'Obtain DNS Server address automatically' if it is not already chosen. Make sure there are no IP addresses in the 'DNS server search order' box. Highlight and press "Remove" for each address that is listed. You may leave the "Domain Suffix Search Order" box empty.

  8. Click OK (twice). You should now restart your computer for your settings to take effect.

Hope this helps!

Jimmie

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