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on December 16, 2007

Download Instructions


These scripts only work with Apple Remote Access (OS 9 & earlier), Internet Connect (OS X) and other programs that use the Apple Connection Control Language. If you use AOL or FreePPP, you need to enter the modem initialisation strings yourself. This file gives instructions on how to do it.

The files are Zip or Stuffit archives some with BinHex (text) encoding. For Stuffit archives, you will need Stuffit Expander to decode and expand them to their normal size.

These are HTTP downloads (the server doesn’t support anonymous FTP), so they may appear as ‘garbage’ text in your browser window, particularly with some older browsers. If that happens, just wait until the page completes downloading, save the completed ‘page’ as a text file on your desktop (using File:Save As… in your browser), then drag’n’drop it onto Expander, or run Expander and open the file.

Modem Scripts

Modified Modem Scripts for Apple Internal Modems (262kB): Ross’s Scripts – Updated Feb 2001 to add extra speed options and reorganise Read Me file (too many people missing the instructions at the bottom).
These scripts overcome problems with 3Com-based ISPs to permit V.90 (over 33.6k) connections, and allow you to limit the connect speed to any V.90 rate from 34.6k to 50k for added reliability. These will work with the PowerBook G3 Series, the B&W G3s, G4s, iMacs and any later Mac with an Apple V.90 modem up to late 2001. Macs from then onwards have a USB internal modem (I have a few scripts for those if anyone needs them, but the recent modem firmware doesn’t seem to have the same problems).
Dramatic speed improvements are unlikely with any recent Mac modems, or any which have been upgraded with Apple Modem Upgrader 2, since the firmware from V2.300 (check with Apple System Profiler) onward is better than the original versions. However, the speed-limiting scripts may still be useful if you get frequent disconnections
Script for D-Link 56k PC Cards (6kB): D-Link 56k Script – based on info for the DMF560TX Ethernet/Modem card, but apparently works with other D-Link cards.

Mobile Phone Scripts

Before using the mobile phone scripts below, check that your airtime provider has enabled data access for your phone – many networks disable it by default. If data access is not enabled, you will always get a ‘no carrier’ result from Remote Access. This also applies to GPRS service – you may have to request GPRS access, or even get a new SIM card to use it.It is possible to use these scripts with Bluetooth or infrared (IrDA) connections, or with some USB cables (but not most Nokia or Sony Ericsson cables, other than Nokia’s CA-42 cable). Motorola’s USB cable works fine on 10.3 or later. There is also a driver for the Prolific chipset that is used in many ‘generic’ USB cables (see below)
Alternatively, you can use a serial cable and a USB-to-serial adapter
(see James Sentman’s site).
Provided the phone has an internal “modem”, the script doesn’t care if the phone is connected using infrared, Bluetooth or a cable.

Warning for GPRS users: if you get connected, but no traffic seems to flow, try turning off TCP header compression (Remote Access:Options:Protocol in OS 9, Preferences:PPP:PPP Options in OS X). Many GPRS networks do not support this feature.Warning for OS X and GPRS: one of OS X’s default settings causes problems with many GPRS networks. If you get disconnections after only a few seconds, turn off “Send PPP echo packets” in System Preferences:Network:PPP:PPP Options. Motorola Phones

Scripts for Motorola GSM phones with internal modems (36kB): Motorola Scripts – Updated Feb. 2002: complete re-write, plus a fix for problems with the T250. These scripts work with all Motorola GSM models. They will not work with any non-GSM phones, as they use GSM-specific commands.Scripts for Motorola GPRS phones (90kB): Motorola GPRS Scripts – Updated May 2004: Add check for use of *99 instead of the APN, various other tweaks and improved ReadMe. These scripts are for Motorola models supporting GPRS for ‘always-on’ Internet access.You can get information on the correct settings for most networks here.Scripts for Motorola 3G (EDGE/UMTS) phones (19kB): Motorola 3G Scripts – First release May 2004. These scripts are for any Motorola models supporting EDGE or UMTS “3G” technologies for ‘always-on’ Internet access.You can get information on the correct settings for most networks here.Scripts for Motorola 3.5G (HSDPA) phones (19kB):Motorola HSDPA Scripts – First release Dec 2006. These scripts are for any Motorola models supporting HSDPA technologies for high-speed ‘cellular broadband’ Internet access.You can get information on the correct settings for most networks here.Script for Motorola iDEN phones (11kB): Motorola iDEN Script – Updated Mar. 2003: Increased port speed and configure for blind dialling, improved ReadMe. This script should work with most iDEN models. Note that, unless you have used the iDEN as a wireless modem with other devices, e.g. a Palm, and you know for sure that data dial-up calls are enabled, you should check with Nextel to make sure that feature is activated.Script for Motorola CDMA phones (4kB): Motorola CDMA Script – First release. This script should work with most Motorola CDMA models.Generic Script for Motorola phones (3kB):

Other Useful Files

READ THE DOWNLOAD NOTES AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE CAREFULLY BEFORE DOWNLOADING OS 9 & X US Keyboard layouts with Caps Lock disabled (6kB): U.S. – No CapsLock – If you’re a PowerBook user, you’ll know how easy it is to tap the Caps Lock key accidentally and look up TO FIND YOU’VE BEEN SHOUTING FOR HALF OF THE SENTENCE. This keyboard layout disables the effect of the Caps Lock key so that it is irrelevant – the green LED will come on, but it will have no effect. This goes a bit further than some of the standard keyboard hacks, which often forget to disable option-CapsLock (annoying if you use accented characters, etc.).BE WARNED – this only disables the effect of Caps Lock, it doesn’t disable the key itself. Some software still checks the Caps Lock setting when looking for hotkey combinations – e.g. Norton FileSaver, where key combinations (like Opt-Cmd) can bypass or activate certain functions. If Caps Lock is set, that makes a different combination (like CapsLock-Opt-Cmd) which will have either no effect or a different effect. Took me ages to figure out why FileSaver was ignoring me some of the time… OS 9 & X British Keyboard layout with Caps Lock disabled (6kB): British – No CapsLock – Same as the above, but for the British keyboard layout (shift-3 = £ instead of #).OS 9 & X New Zealand Keyboard layouts (8kB): NZ Keyboards – As a dedicated Kiwi, I was annoyed by having the US flag on my menu bar since I have a US keyboard (no offence to US citizens, but it’s not my homeland). So I created versions of the standard and no-CapsLock US keyboards with an NZ flag instead of Old Glory. OK, this is a bit sad & pathetic, but humour me… Anyway, Apple do the same with their ‘Australian’ keyboard layout – as far as I can see, it’s identical to the US one, with only a cosmetic flag change.OS 9 & X Catalan Keyboard layouts (8kB): Catalan Keyboards – For Catalan users who have the Spanish ISO keyboard but are not so keen on the Spanish flag.OS 9 & X Confederate Flag Keyboard layouts (8kB): Confederate Keyboards – For those from the deep South who prefer a slightly different flag on their menu bar…OS 9 & X French Numeric Keyboard layout (5kB): French Numeric Keyboard – For anyone with the French AZERTY keyboard who is annoyed at having to press Shift to type numbers (spreadsheet users?). This keyboard layout uses the Caps Lock key to swap the case of the upper row of keys – while Caps Lock is on, the top row gives numbers unshifted and the normal characters when Shift is pressed. Thanks to Laurent Casado for suggesting this one.

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