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    NetInfo Manager needs Internet access?
    Is it normal for NetInfo Manager to want Internet access?

    My NetInfo Manager won't work unless the cable modem is "on" and allowing Internet traffic. With the modem off, it doesn't respond and I have to force quit.

    I really don't want that modem on while I'm messing with root passwords and such.

    I'm new to Macs and OS X, so there's probably something simple here that I don't understand.

    I think I have Tiger 10.4.7

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    Quote Originally Posted by hagen View Post
    I'm new to Macs and OS X, so there's probably something simple here that I don't understand.

    I think I have Tiger 10.4.7
    If you are saying this then there really should be no reason for you to be even messing around in Netinfo Manager. I am a very experienced user and have yet to find a need to go in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    If you are saying this then there really should be no reason for you to be even messing around in Netinfo Manager. I am a very experienced user and have yet to find a need to go in there
    Maybe so, maybe no, but that ducks my question.

    I'm very experienced with that other OS that has no protection at all from users. I'm accustomed to "rooting" around in it, and very successful at keeping it safe and running smoothly. I will learn OS X pretty quickly.

    The reason I went into root was to back up data, manually, from the method on this page -

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106941

    That done, I should disable the root account. NetInfo Manager is an often-used method, I'm given to understand.

    Now how about the question - Is it normal for NetInfo Manager to need Internet access?

    If the answer is no, then I appear to have a problem. If yes, I'll probably have more questions.

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    NetInfo shouldn't need internet access

    Why don't you just use a backup utility like Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper
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    I'm concluding that this is probably normal behavior. It is, after all, "Net"Info Manager, and it works perfectly if I allow Internet traffic.

    Does anyone else have an on-off button on their modem and is willing to do a quick test? Turn the button off, then open NetInfo Manager and tell me if you get the window or if it hangs? You wouldn't have to do anything in there.

    It would be a big help to me learning about the workings of OS X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hagen View Post
    I'm concluding that this is probably normal behavior. It is, after all, "Net"Info Manager, and it works perfectly if I allow Internet traffic.

    Does anyone else have an on-off button on their modem and is willing to do a quick test? Turn the button off, then open NetInfo Manager and tell me if you get the window or if it hangs? You wouldn't have to do anything in there.

    It would be a big help to me learning about the workings of OS X.
    Before my last post I turned on my macbook which had no internet connection and the program opened fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    Before my last post I turned on my macbook which had no internet connection and the program opened fine
    Thanks! I maybe have something wrong here.

    I have the "Missing Manual" book and have gone through troubleshooting steps down to "reinstall the app". I'm not ready to try that yet. I'll just leave that app alone until I know more about this system.

    This thread got moved to the hardware board anyway, so I think it's dead.

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