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*** GENERAL ***

My remarks on the home page of this website might indicate that the process of connecting to the Internet with my Mac Classic was a pretty straightforward process.

In the end this was true, in that once I had the right hardware and software, and an ISP, I managed to connect with few problems.

However, over a period of several months prior to this I learned a geat deal about the whole business of getting connected by browsing a pretty large number of different web sites (such as those detailed on David Woods' site), and downloading and cross-checking the information given on them.

Only when I felt I had a good grasp of what I had to do did I think about configuring the hardware and software to try to connect. For Mac and/or Internet beginners, this is something I'd recommend. (I should say that I was pretty much a Mac "virgin" when I started, so perhaps I took longer than people who have some Mac background to understand what I had to do!)

***TOP TIP!*** As well as looking on the Web, I would also recommend trying to get hold of a copy of the Second Edition (1994) of "The Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh" by Adam Engst. It contains a lot of easy-to-follow information about setting up MacPPP and MacTCP on the older Apple machines and, if you're lucky, will still have the software diskette inside the back cover. Check out your local library/secondhand bookshop to see if they have a copy.

Another excellent site for Mac software is Pure Mac - software for all levels of Mac hardware and OS, conveniently categorised and with direct downloads and links to home pages of software author sites.

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