Apple has released further information detailing the Ethernet problem that derailed the release of the Mac OS 10.2.8 update, which remains unavailable.
Apple's notes read: "After updating Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server to version 10.2.8, you may not be able to connect to the Internet or your network. This only affects some computers using a 10Base-T Ethernet connection."
The company has confirmed the bug affects only dual 450MHz and dual 500MHz Power Mac G4s and (Gigabit Ethernet) dual-450MHz and dual 500MHz desktop and server Macs.
It also affects any 10Base-T network hardware (hubs, switches, routers) and many DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable modems with 10Base-T Ethernet ports.
Apple has removed Mac OS X 10.2.8 from its servers until an update that resolves this issue can be made available. This is expected to be available "soon", according to Apple. The tech-support document that details these changes will be updated when the update is re-released.
The company has supplied several workarounds for affected users. These include performing an archive and install operation using the Mac OS X 10.2 Installation disc.
Additional workarounds are detailed on Apple's Web site.