Mac OS 9.0.x Info

This page contains all the info I have gathered on OS 9.0 and how it will affect the 6400
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OS 9 on the 6400?: I have heard that Apple will not be supporting the Geo modem in OS 9. This is unclear as to whether it will work or not? They won't test it at all so its up to us. Actually Apple dropped support since OS 8.5 as only OS 8.1 an older were tested by Apple and came bundled on those install CD's. Its possible that the standard modem functions will continue to work as with previous OS's but not the faxing or voice call features? Some people have much trouble with these features in the current OS so I wouldn't expect it to get better. If anyone has tried OS 9 with their Geo modem then please email me.

10/30/1999 OS 9 and Apples Color Style Writer 4000 printer?: Sheldon writes that Apples CSW 4000 has a conflict with OS 9 but he found a work around. Thanks Sheldon.

11/4/1999 OS 9 Multi User setup info: Here is a letter I sent to Mike of Accelerate Your Mac who posted info from an OS 9 user having problems with apps not running when Panal User is selected for some users with the new Multi User feature.

If any of you try this and it works, please let me know. I still haven't tried it yet :)

Virtual PC 2.1.3 and OS 9 compatibility?: I just tried using my VPC 2.1.3 win95 and it seems to have worked ok till Itried to shut down windows. It got 1/2 way thru and locked up my PowerBook G3 hard! It did not affect the windows environment because Win95 did not complain of an improper shutdown at the next boot but then locked up again at shutdown. I checked Connectix's web site and they only list version 3.0 as being compatible so I wrote them a letter. I'll post more as I find out.

Update: VPC 3.0 or greater is needed for OS 9 compatibility. I just tried it and it works fine.

11/19/1999 OS 9 on the 6400, My opinions: A few people have noticed that I have not upgraded my 6400 to OS 9 yet so I thought I would tell you why. I do have 2 6400's but for now only one is running as the other is being readied for sale (I hope). Also the 6400 still running is my big boy system with all our software and peripherals attached. My wife uses it heavily and cannot afford to have it down to long as she needs it for doing MOMs Club work . Shes the president of the local MOMS club out here (A club for stay-at-home-moms to give support). Also RamDoubler and SpeedDoubler are not OS 9 compatible yet and I need at least RD so I can play all my games. 136M is just not enough for games like Unreal that demand 100+M to run normal. Now also top this with the fact that The Version of Nortin I have is not OS 9 compatible either which means no HD utility to fix any problems. And this is no problem for me but Geo modem users have stated the modem works but you cannot access the express modem control panel any more?

All this combined is keeping me from upgrading to OS 9. I am running OS 9 on my personal PB G3 right now though and it is running fine. It has 192M RAM so no need for RD :) Losing SD is not too bad but not being able to use Nortin kind of stinks. I know your all waiting for my personnal experience and I will try it but just not right away.

12/3/1999 Free OS 9 info PDF: I found this site that is posting a free download of an OS 9 tech article that has a lot of info on the inner workings of Mac OS 9.

USB cards and OS 9: Nigel writes that his 6400 is running nice and smooth with a USB card and OS 9 installed. It's nice to hear god news :) Thanks Nigel.

1/16/2000 OS 9 issue with USB cards: Wouldn't you know it. As soon as I write someone is haveing no trouble another person does :( Jim was having some serious issues with getting a stable internet connection while running Apples USB 1.3.5 drivers. I sent him a copy of Apples older 1.3.4b version and it seems to have helped some. Thanks for the info Jim.

Later he replied that he found a fix for him but it might not work for everyone. Thanks

3/3/2000 OS 9 and the internal GV modem on a 6400 work!: I found a posting on Apples 6400 forums from John who has an internal GV modem in his 6400 and it works with OS 9. I emailed him for more info and here is his reply. Thanks John.

So getting online, faxing, and the modem control panel work with the GV internal modem but still no word on MegaPhone and if faxing works with the Geo modem?

4/8/2000 OS 9.0.4 released!: Apple finally got the next release to OS 9 out. 9.0.4 hit made its debut this week. I downloaded it but have not tried it on my PB G3 yet (my only Mac with OS 9 installed). I hope it fixes all the SCSI and sluggishness issues people have had? Let me know how it works for you guys. Thanks.

4/14/2000 My experiences with OS 9.0.4 on my 6400: Well I finally did it. I installed OS 9.0 then updated to OS 9.0.4 on my 6400/180. The install went very smooth and everything seems to be working ok. Now I can't test most of the issues that were found with SCSI devices or the Geo modem as I don't have the Geo modem on this 6400 and I don't have a scanner connected but my zip drive and my TEAC CDR seem to work well. The OS feels rather snappy compared to OS 8.6 which was previously installed. I did a clean install if that may have made any difference?

OS 9.0.4 fixes OS 9.0 SCSI issues: Paul writes that when he updated to OS 9.0.4 his UMAX scanner worked again. Thanks Paul.

OS 9.0.4 CD/DVD drivers not compatible with all 6400 CD Rom drives: John writes that when he updated to OS 9.0.4 his computer kept crashing. Then he remembered reading that OS 9 had issues with some CD Rom drives that came with 6400's. Now this does not affect every CD drive that came with the 6400 as mine is running fine and no one has mentioned this to me until now. Could anyone with this problem please give me some more info on the type of SCSI drive that came with your 6400? Thanks.

As John mentions, reverting to an older version like the ones from OS 8.6 should work fine.

Quake II not running on OS 9.0.4?: Derek writs that since updating to 9.0.4 his Quake II game will not work. He gets 2 CD's images mounted when the game is inserted. Audio and Data? Could this be related to the issue noted above. I asked him to try an older CD extension and see what happens.

Mixing OS components to get a more stable system!: Paul writes that he extracted the files from the OS 9.0.4 tome with Tome Viewer and then dragged them to his OS 8.6 system folder to make a OS 8.6/9.0.4 hybrid system. This is not something new as I suggested a similar approach when OS 7.6.1 was released. I swapped the System file with OS 7.6 to get rid of the issue that 7.6.1 created till OS 8 came out. Anyway this may or may not cause problems depending on how many files get updated in OS 9.0.4? The more that get updated the better so you don't have to much of a mix of old and new. Thanks Paul.

I have OT 2.6 posted for download to fix just these issues with cable/DSL modems. Now OT 2.6.1 is also.

OS 9 and Apples TV/Video player: Bill writes that he had issues with Apples TV/Video player that came with his 6500. The Sound source keeps reverting from the CD-TV-Video setting so no audio will play. He was able to get it working if he switched it before launching the video player. Thanks Bill. I guess 9.0.4 did not fix this since he has it installed :(

Speaking about the sound system with the 6400 and OS 9.0.4. Did anybody notice how impressive the new Sound Control panel is! I didn't play with it very much so I can't say how well it works but it looks awsome! Apple did a lot of work on this one. It also lets you setup right and left volumes for the speakers and headphones. Nice touch :)

Also I hope my home page is fixed so it no longer is cramped to the left. Keeping my fingers crossed again :)

Major issues with OS 9.0.4!: Frank writes that after he updated to OS 9.0.4 from OS 9.0 that he now get illegal instruction errors and bus errors? This even happens with extensions off? I suggest he try a clean install of OS 9 and see what happens. I don't think it is a compatibility issue with the Sonnet as it will not be used with the extensions off. Also the Voodoo3 should not be a problem with the extensions off?

Frank replied that he found a fix for him. He removed any USB and Firewire extension he found and it is now working. Interesting since the installer should not install any USB drivers on the 6400 because the native OS drivers are only for Macs with native USB ports. Not for PCI cards? I updated my USB drivers from 1.3.5 to 1.4.1 as OS 9.0.4 did not install any on my system?

In my last Just Update I wrote that a 5500 user had similar issues but disabling the extensions at boot worked for him? This user later wrote that removing the 9.0.4 CD drivers fixed it. I guess there are more problems with OS 9.0.4 then I thought!

4/20/2000 Hacked CSW4000 series drivers for OS 9: Sheldon sent me a hacked driver for the CSW4000 series printers from Apple. Please let me know if it works. Thanks Sheldon.

Later he sent this

5/13/2000 Update on Mac OS 9.0.4 and memory leak: Michael sends word that he had a memory leak very similar to Stephen's that I posted in my last Just Update. Thanks for the info Michael.

Here is another letter I got from Per on this issue. Thanks Per

In the past I have read that netscape can cause this problem. Also you system memory usage will grow with use because extra libraries will be used as you use more apps. Sometimes the memory is not freed when you close the app that requested it. Also the system itself will use up ram when it activates items like the Geo modem or OpenTransport and Apple Talk. Virtual Memory is somewhat of a fix as it changes the OS's file mapping system from a 68k coded one to a PPC native one that allows PPC apps to use less memory. This also seems to fix the problem where the system may not give up its hold on memory from libraries no longer needing it. I know it will not cure all the memory leak issues but its worth a try. Other sources of info on this topic are MacFixIt and Accelerate Your Mac. You will have to search for this info but I know they covered it at one time.

5/18/2000 Fixing memory leak in OS 9 and Apple TV/Video info: Jim sends word that turning on VM solved his problem with memory leakage. He also says an older version of the Apple Video Player fixed some of his sound input issues. Thanks Jim.

6/10/2000 More news on memory leaks in OS 9.0.x: Michelle writes that she found that OT was linked to this memory growing issue. Thanks Michelle. Maybe now we can narrow down a fix? Its still possible that the browser or email client is the problem as many people have noticed Netscape causes memory leaks.

8/26/2000 OS 9 info from MacAddict: Ralph also sent me a link to Mac Addicts OS 9 help page. Thanks Ralph.

1/13/2001 Turn off VM to get UMAX scanner to work under OS 9.0.4: Here is some info I found on MacFixIt about this issue.

[Comments on VersionTracker indicate problems getting VistaScan software to work with UMAX scanners. Dan Schmidt found that turning off virtual memory was a solution, as described on this UMAX support page.]

My UMAX Astra1200s is working just fine with OS 9.0.4 and RamDoubler installed which is similar to VM. Possibly only some version of VistaScan have this problem which may help those that have reported issues with OS 9 to me when it came out?

OS 9 and Vimages L2 G3's?10/28/1999

Flash: If your having trouble with OS 9 and your Vimage G3 then try one of these drivers. They are newer ones that were located on the Interware website in Japan but some people have trouble getting them so I posted them on my web site :)

I have some good news for Vimage users. Donato tried a final version of OS 9 on his 6400 and the Vimage card ran fine. He did have trouble though when switching back to OS 8.6 so read his info below.

He later wrote me stating he had to remove all the old Vpower items and reinstall and now it works fine in both OS's. I guess someow his Vpower control panel got corrupted? This is good news though since Vimage may not provide tech support for new OS's from Apple anymore! Thanks Donato. After this he locked the control panel and the extension so they could not get corrupted again. This is done by doing a Get Info on the control panel or extension and then selecting LOCK at the bottom of the window. I just did this so I'm ready for OS 9 now :)

I have some link to MacFixIt's forums and Apples forums on other 6400 users that are either having success or not with OS 9 and Vimages G3. Some say the 240Mhz card works and the 320Mhz doesn't but Donato's is a 320Mhz card so maybe a fresh install of the Vpower drivers is whats needed?

10/28/1999 Update on Vimage's G3 and OS 9: S Emry wrote me a some tips on how to get Vimages L2 G3 running if yours is causing you trouble with OS 9. In short a clean install of either Vimages drivers or OS 9 should cure the problem. Thanks S Emry.

11/4/1999 Vimages G3 and OS 9 followup: Donato had written me before saying that his cache was disabled after the update to OS 9 and he reinstalled Vimages drivers and that fixed the problem. He had locked both the control panel and the extension to prevent it from happening again but guess what? It did, but OS 9 may not be the problem.

I use Nortin Speed disk version 4.0.3 and this has never happened to me yet. But I don't have OS 9 installed on my 6400 yet either so maybe its a combination of things? Thanks Donato.

1/26/2001 Getting Vimages G3 to work with OS 9.x: Many had issues getting his 6400 to run with OS 9 and his Vimage G3. He found that by placing 2 spaces in front of the Vpower extension name, the problem may have gone away. Thanks Many.

[Dear Thomas,
Adding TWO spaces did the trick.
I'd tried adding one space several days ago. After getting your email, I looked at the OS9 Extensions folder more closely; that's when I discovered that the Apple EM Extension also had a space before its name. Consequently, VPower Extension (with one space before its name) was loading after EM Extension. Two spaces before its name puts it at the top of the Extensions list.

I'm using vBOOSTER for Performa v1.2.1, although I renamed this "Vpower PF G3 Extension" so that it would work with the original Vimage Installer, as per someone else's recommendation on your website (I renamed it and the copied/replaced the older extension on the Vimage disk). I'm using v1.1.0 of the Vpower Control Panel.

I've only had a chance to boot test this configuration; I haven't actually done anything else. (I'm using OS8.1 as my "regular" system until I have the time to thoroughly test OS9 with the Vimage card). I'll keep you posted after I've had more time to evaluate it.

OS 9 and Sonnets L2 G3's?10/28/1999

I received a letter from a 6400 user that tried a beta version of OS 9 with Sonnets G3 and it worked! The news just gets better and better. Thanks

Still no word on Newers or Power Logix's but if Vimages and Sonnets work then the others may also. Please email me any info you may have on this issue! Thanks

OS 9.1 and Newers L2 G3 2/10/2001

I received this letter from Vic who says hie Newer G3 runs fine with OS 9.1. Thanks Vic.

[Thank you for your site!!! I read "Mark's" feedback on OS 9.1 and took the plunge last night from a stable 9.04 setup to 9.1. Mucho success!

I now have a Performa 6400/200 (Newer 300 G3 L2) running 9.1 very stable, very quick! Original monitor w/Rage Exclaim PCI video, Stylewriter 4100, SCSI Paperport strobe (5.3), external Lacie USB 10G HD, and Palm Hotsync through Keyspan USB converter. Over 200 extensions in Conflict Catcher.

So far, so good. Very happy. It can be done. Good luck to all.

OS 9 and the Geo Modem?10/28/199

I have recieved a few letters from users that say their Geo modem is still working (at least for just going online) but the Express Modem control panel does not open? I suggest if you haven't already upgraded that you goto your Express Modem control panel and make sure its set the way you like it! Thanks for the info guys.

12/3/1999 Update on OS 9 and the Geo modem: Eugene writes that even his 6500's Geo modem will not allow access to the control panel :( Has anyone tried faxing or Megaphone yet to see if they will work still?

12/10/1999 Update on OS 9 and the Geo modem: Bill found a TIL article on how to access some older control panels not yet updated to OS 9 compatibility. Thanks Bill. Please email me if it works or not?

3/18/2000 Getting the Geo modem control panel to work under OS 9: Thomas wrote to tell me of a little trick to get the Geo modem control panel to open if you have OS 9 installed. Thanks Thomas.

4/29/2000 Faxing and phoning with the Geo modem works with OS 9: Murray writes that he can fax fine with OS 9 and his Geo modem. Dirk writes that he can use the Apple Telecom software for phone functions also! Not sure about an answering machine but it works for making calls. Thanks guys. I guess the problem of not being able to access the control panel in OS 9 is not a problem?

[I'm going to test faxing. As the Telecom software works for making calls, I don't expect many problems. If it doesn't, do you know of alternative faxing software which works with the Geoport adapter. I'll keep you posted. Dirk]

7/16/2000 Apple TIL stating the Geo modem is not OS 9 compatible: Well, we all pretty much knew this already but I thought I would post it for final proof that they are not going to make them compatible :( Sigh!

7/22/2000 OS 9 and the Geo modem: I got an overwhelming response to the TIL I posted last week on OS 9 not being supported in OS 9. It seems many users have their Geo modems working fine but you cannot access the Express Modem control panel unless you hold the CMND-CNTL keys while opening the control panel. Also it seems that a clean install of the telecom software and maybe even OS 9 is in order to make the Geo work better? MIDI still won't work so don't expect OS 9 to fix this issue :(

I even tried the Geo modem on my 6400 last night with OS 9.0.4 installed and it worked. My COX cable connection dropped so I decided to fire up the Geo :) I wanted to try faxing and the Apple Phone software before I posted this but I didn't have the time. Some people have told me they work.

7/29/2000 More info on using non-OS 9 compliant software like the Geo under OS 9: David sends word that he is running a utility called Nine 11 that lets you run older software in OS 9 that might normally crash it. Thanks David.

Last update I wrote that possibly a clean install of OS 9 or the Telecom software or both would help the Geo run more reliably. I did this and I do not get the Type 10 error he mentions.

7/7/2001 Geo Modem drivers for OS 9!: Greg sent me some Geo Modem drivers he found on Google that allow him to open the control panel without holding any special keys to open non-OS9 compliant control panels. Thanks Greg. Basically he says the needed control panel is for an ISDN adaptor but seems to work fine on his internal Geo Modem. If anyone can verify this, I would greatly appreciate it :) I'll be trying them myself in a few days.

Attached are the two control panels I use and some other files. The one needs to be in place, but does not open normally. The other works fine, but somehow links with the first one and will not work by itself (at least for me). I suppose you could change the name or make the one you aren't actually using a hidden file.
The control panel is a third party item that is part of a french package for using geoports and isdn. I forget the exact nature of it, except that a google search for getting an express modem to work under OS9 turned up a hit that led to it. The word SAGEM comes to mind. Try adding that to any search you do.

As far as I can tell, the control panel actually does something. I can turn applefax reception on and off using it.

7/21/2001 More info on the Geo modem drivers posted in my last update: I tried the drivers myself and found that only one is different then the extensions installed by Apples Telecom 3.1.3 software. It was the Express Modem control panel without the asterisk in the name. It is version 3.5 and is newer then the one installed by Apple installer. It can be opened in OS 9.1 but does it really work? I was able to make changes like to turn off auto answer but those settings never stuck. I don't remember if just closing and reopening the control panel reverted the choice I made but on a reboot the defaults were all selected again. So I am not sure if this new control panel is doing anything? I still welcome info from any of my readers that may have tried them. Thanks.

2/9/2002 Express modem control panel won't open in OS 9.1 even while holding the Control-Command key trick: Carl was unable to open his Express modem control panel using the keyboard trick for older control panel items. I should say that I to cannot open my Express modem control panel in OS 9.1. Carls work around is to install an older OS that is compatible and then make your settings there. Once complete, you can move the pref file to the OS 9.1 system folder and the settings will stick. Thanks Carl.

  • [I have a Performa 6400 with a Sonnet G3 card running OS 9.1 and have also been unable to open the Express Modem control panel even using the Control/Command keys.

    I installed the two control panels you mentioned and was then able to open the one without the asterisk. Any adjustments I made however reverted to the defaults on restart.

    Then I installed an OS 8.1 on a spare drive and installed the Telecom software. I then set this drive as the Startup Disk and restarted. I was then able to open the Express Modem control panel. I made the adjustments I wanted and closed the panel. I then opened the OS 8.1 Preferences file and dragged the Express Modem preferences to the OS 9.1 Preferences file. After restarting on OS 9.1 I opened the non asterisk Express Modem control panel The settings were now as I had made them while in OS 8.1. and remained that way after a restart. This method will probably work without installing the new ISDN control panel.

    I am able to send and receive faxes and go online.

    If you don't have two drives you could partition your HD and install the compatible OS. After doing all this you should save a copy of the preferences in some other file to be used if you reinstall or the preferences become corrupted.

    I hope this is of some help.

Old SCSI issue returns with OS 912/3/1999

John as well as others write that they are having some SCSI problems that are remenicent of an old problem that needed a patch from Apple. This patch fixed SCSI issues on the 6360/54xx/64xx and was rolled into the OS starting with OS 7.6. Unfortunately it seems Apple may have left this patch out of OS 9 and even the old extension patch doesn't seem to work? Apple is aware of this and hopefully it will be fixed. Probably not until OS 9.0.1? Thanks John

Donato is having this problem with an AGFA scanner (model number unknown?). Thanks for the info Donato. Also Umax scanners may have this problem also as they are pretty finicky SCSI devices anyways!

12/17/1999 More SCSI and OS 9 issues with 6400's: Here is a letter from another 6400 user that is also having SCSI issues but not with a scanner. Thanks for the info. I urge all of you that installed OS 9 and are having SCSI problems to please let Apple know. They seem unwilling to fix it unless they get more response!

2/18/2000 OS 9 and SCSI scanner issues update: John writes that he was able to fix his SCSI issues with OS 9 by using the old 6360/64xx/65xx update and the latest VistaScan software but then he installed a new HD and the scanner once again failed?

Later he sent me a letter stating he reinitialized the drive using OS 9 and installed a fresh clean copy of OS 9 and his scanner works again. Maybe this is needed to fix SCSI issues? Could it be an issue with doing a dirty install or maybe just an issue with trying to update an older HD driver with the latest and something going wrong? If you read the last lines of his message you'll notice he got an error stating that the 6360/64xx/65xx update would not install becasue the HD did not have an Apple driver. He told me he never used any other utility other then Apples on this drive so maybe his HD driver was corrupted and this is causing SCSI issues. We might be on to something here?

4/14/2000 OS 9.0.4 fixes OS 9.0 SCSI issues: Paul writes that when he updated to OS 9.0.4 his UMAX scanner worked again. Thanks Paul.

8/12/2000 Update on OS 9 and UMAX scanners: Bob sent me some info on his experience with OS 9 and UMAX scanners. Also a tip to remove Apples font fix for OS 8.6 when upgrading to OS 9. Thanks Bob.

that's Great, that you were able to get OS 9 running with no problem. Because if there were one, I would have reminded you of the OS 8.6 Font Update file, which I inadvertently merged into my OS 9 System Folder, and seemingly corrupted my System File. It was a minor setback, and I was back on my feet soon.

Just another hint related to the 8.6 > 9.0 conversion.Bob]

OS 9.0.4 and CDROM driver issues? 4/20/2000

CD ROM model not working with OS 9.x's CD drivers: John sent me the info on his stock CD ROM from the 6400 which didn't work with OS 9 installed. Thanks John. You can use Apples System profiler to check the modem of your CD ROM before purchasing OS 9 now. But just so you know, I hear that the drivers from previous OS's like OS 8.6 work fine under OS 9.

Funny thing is that I have almost the exact same drive in my 6400 but mine works fine? The only difference that ASP reported is that mine is using Driver Version 1.3.5 and John's is using 5.3.3. Interesting! Infact if I didn't know better I would say that for some reason he still has the Apple CD ROM drivers from OS 7.6.1 installed? Not the Apple CD/DVD ROM drivers from OS 9.x. Anyone else have these drivers listed and having the CD ROM issues.

4/29/2000 Update on OS 9.0.x CD/DVD drivers and the 6400: I have received some info from users who both have no trouble or much trouble with their CD drivers after upgrading to OS 9.0.x. Here are there letters. Thanks.

John who originally wrote me with this problem, and he had 5.3.3 drivers listed, says that using the CD/DVD drivers from OS 8.6 worked for him. I suggest that if your CD driver in the Extension folder is not listed as Apple CD/DVD driver with a revision of 1.2.2 for OS 8.6 or 1.3.5 for OS 9.0.4 then you should custom install your CD drivers as you have the wrong ones. I don't know how but it seems like some people did not get new drivers installed?

Booting to an OS 9 install CD if the CD extensions don't work?: Marco just wrote me that he could not boot to his OS 9 install CD due to the CD driver issues? This will be a big problem and Apple needs to address this! If the drivers are bad then you cannot boot to the OS 9 CD as the drivers cannot be changed? If you want to install OS 9 I suggest that you first make a backup of your current CD drivers then boot your 6400 with the OS ALL selected in the Extension Manager control panel for whatever OS you currently have. Then insert the OS 9 CD and run the installer. Then when you have to restart at the end make sure you hold the shift key to disable extensions. Then remove the OS 9 CD drviers and place your previous one in. This is the only work around I see for people with just one HD. You could do a clean install which I recommend for OS 9 and then boot with extensions disabled and drag over your older CD drivers.

This problem also brings up the point that if some people like me get the CD to boot fine and can use the drivers that OS 9 installed and others cannot, then I wonder if Apple made a booboo with some of the CD's they sent out and corrected it without telling anyone? Just a thought.

5/18/2000 OS 9.0.x CD drivers issue update: Well I still have not figured out what is going on with the OS 9 install placing CD drivers that don't work with the 6400 anymore? I would like it if anyone that is having this problem or even the worse problem of not being able to boot to the OS 9 CD because the drivers on the CD's System folder are bad, to please check the CD/DVD extension version in the System folder of the install CD to verify that it is 1.3.5 and not some weird version in the 4 or 5 range. Thanks.

8/18/2001 Update on 6400 CD drive issues with OS 9.0.4: Ken writes that he is having the exact same problems with his CDROM drive on his 6400 that where reported when OS 9.0.4 came out. But he notes that all CD drivers from OS 8.6's up to OS 9.1's crash his OS 9.0.4 system when trying to access the CDROM drive? Using pre OS 8.6 drivers seem to work.

If I remember, the OS 8.0 CD drivers where compatible with non-Apple CD drives so I wonder if he has a non-Apple CDROM or not? I emailed asking for more info.

[I have just replaced my CD drive in my 6400/180, Sonnet L2/G3, OS9.0.4, because of the problems that I now see are the same as those posted in "OS9.0.4 and CDROM driver issues? 4/20/2000". The new drive does not work either. The new drive revision number is 8.0e. The original was 8.0h.

If I put CD/DVD Driver 1.2.2 (from OS8.6), Apple CD/DVD Driver 1.3.1 (from OS9.0), Apple CD-DVD Driver 1.3.5 (from OS9.0.4), or Apple CD/DVD Driver 1.4.5 (from OS9.1) in the ext folder, I either hang at the CD driver on start up or, if start up is OK, the CD drive hangs when I insert a CD.

The only way I can use the CD is to boot, not from but with, an OS8.0 CD in the drive. I can then run OS9.0.4 and use other CDs. Putting an OS9.0 CD in the drive does not work. It hangs trying to mount the OS9.0 CD.

Booting with the OS8 CD in the drive, shows the driver as 5.4 (from the CD I assume). If I then install Apple CD-ROM 5.4 in the ext folder everything seems to work.

Is this the only fix to this problem? Is the same true of OS9.1?

By the way the fix for this issue was to revert to OS 8.6 CDROM drivers but as you can see he already tried that :(

Subwoofer speaker issues after upgrading to OS 9.0.x 4/29/2000

Mike as well as other seem to be having trouble with their Subwoofers after upgrading to OS 9.0.x and playing Audio CD's? Here is Mikes letter. If you have an answer then please email me. Thanks

I 1st suggest going to the Sound control panel and make sure under the Input Source selection that both "CD" and "pass to output" are selected. If not then you will not get any sound from Audio CD's. Also in the Output selection make sure that the volume for both left and right speakers are at full. This is a new feature Apple added and if one side is set lower then the audio will sound muffled.

5/18/2000 Update on OS 9.0.4 and the 6400's Subwoofer issue: In my last update I noted that a few people noticed their 6400's subwoofer will not work after upgrading to OS 9.0.4. Chris writes that his still works but is much quieter then it used to be? Thanks Chris.

OS 9.0.x and Floppy disk formatting issue? 7/29/2000

Lately, every time I try to format a floppy disk on my 6400 with OS 9.0.4 installed I get an error that the disk is locked or bad and the format cannot complete? I can then take this disk and format it on my other 6400 with OS 8.6 just fine! I have already swapped out the floppy with another drive and I get the same results. Althoutgh both drives are old, I don't see how both would die at the same time? My next test is to boot into OS 8.6 on this 6400 and see what happens. Has anyone else seen this problem?

8/12/2000 Formatting floppies in OS 9 more serious then first thought!: Last time I mentioned that I was unable to format floppy disks under OS 9.0.4 on my 6400. Well, I am not the only one with this problem and it may go back to OS 8.6! Several users sent me letters stating their problems. Mike found that OS 7.6 fixed it for him. Thanks guys.

Yes, I read your post and tried to format several disks on my 6400 G3 L2.

Same result. I can format an 800K floppy, but the 1440 floppy initialization fails during the "updating disk" or "verifying" stage.

Had never noticed this before...shows you how often I format floppies.

Concerns me, though.
I just tried formatting some of the same disks on my other 6400 that is running 8.6 and all worked fine.

Definitely seems to be some sort of glitch with 9.0.4's formatting ability. I'll take this to the 6400 Discussion Forum if it is not already there.

OK, I did my own testing and found this. First I had to zap the PRAM and then OS 9 would format my floppies (somewhat?) again but not write to them. Then I tried OS 8.6 and it had the same problem. Then I tried my OS install CD's from OS 9 down to OS 7.6 and found that 8.5 and down worked fine! I mean they even recovered floppies that OS 9 and 8.6 told me were beyond repair. I don't know why 8.6 is not working on this 6400 but is on the other 6400 of mine? OS 8.5 works just fine. This is very confusing? I've read a little about this on Apples OS discussion forums as well. It seems Beige G3 owners are having trouble where the floppy drive is not seen at all. Anyone remember this problem on the 6400! I do, with RamDoubler and OS 8.0 if memory serves me. Well I don't think its an extension conflict as booting with extensions off did not help. Something in OS 9 and note as severe but also in OS 8.6 is not allowing the floppy drive to work. Right now I have OS 8.5 installed on another partition but this is not a good fix for me! I will be posting a message on Apples forums about this. We need to let them know.

8/26/2000 Update on Floppy Drive issue with OS 9: I have received many more letters from people who also lost the use of their floppy drive after updating to OS 9 and I also received some from people who say it still works? In the middle are people who say that Mac floppies work but PC floppies are no longer recognized? This is going to take a lot of effort to narrow down. I still suggest anyone with this problem to email Apple or leave a message on their forums. I just updated my wife's 6400 to OS 9 so she could use some of the newer features and guess what? It lost the floppy also :( The only Mac I have now working with a floppy drive is my PB which has OS 9 on it so it this issue seems limited to older Macs if not the 6400/6500 family only? Here is a letter from Ralph who gave me some suggestions to try but I haven't had to time to try them yet. Maybe one of you can let me know if they help? Thanks Ralph.

9/9/2000 Update on OS 9 and floppies: Greg sends word that removing some USB card support extensions got his floppy working again. Thanks Greg. Unfortunately I do not have those installed on my second 6400 so its not the fix for all issues :(

I posted my request for help on the apple web site at the same time as I posted on the 6400 forum in regards to the floppy 6400 problem with OS 9.0.4. After an official apple response asking if I had tried turning off extensions (and heartily scoffing at the treat 'em dumb attitude) I though what the hell I may as well try it (so then I would have a stronger case to scream abuse at them) and after trying it guess what????

It worked. So I spent the next four hours tirelessly turning on and off extensions until I found the culprits. It is the Apple USB Adapter card 1.4.1 drivers on my system. More Specifically it is the "USB device extension 1.4.1" and "USB support 1.4.1" extensions that comes in the USB Adapter card 1.4.1 package.

This will explain why not all users could see the problem, they must not have had USB!!!! Feel free to put this on the web site but please don't publish my email as I get enough spam as it is. I just though I should share the wealth.... so to speak.

So now I am going to pester the apple web site now as I have not determined what these extensions will do if I try and use my USB devices now????!?!?!

At the moment I have USB support 1.4.1 turned off since it is the only one of the two in the extension manager that doesn't say what it is... Hence my system works fine. The other one USB device extension 1.4.1 says that it contains all the apple USB drivers so I did not want to turn this off
Hope this helps your problem too. E-mail me back to tell me how you go.

2/24/2001 USB Device Extension disables the floppy drive on the 6400!: Rav's site mentions that Apples USB Device Extension, which is installed by there USB card support software, conflicts with the floppy drive on the 6400! This could be the answer we have been looking for. I have not tried it yet but my system does have a USB card installed. I will try removing this extension to see if the floppy drive works again. Of course that means your USB card won't work at the same time :( Thanks for the info Rav. If you are having problems with your floppy drive and removing the USB Device Extension fixes it, please email me the info. Thanks.

This is the second report I have on the USB device extension being the culprit. I did not think it was the problem when Greg email me this info and I actually forgot about it until I saw Rav's info :( So I gave it a try as I do have the USB device extension on both 6400's now. Well in the limited tests I tried, it worked! I don't know why my floppy drive wasn't working according to the last post above even though I did not have the USB stuff installed then, but removing the USB stuff now does work! Strange? In any case, now all I have to do is remove this extension and then reboot to get the floppy to work. then replace the extension and reboot to get my USB working again. I wonder if Apple will have this fixed in the next driver release? i wonder if they even care about floppies on old Macs working :(

3/10/2001 Gloria reports that the USB drivers are not affecting her 6400?: Wouldn't you know it. As soon as I think I have a solution, someone else reports it was a problem for them. Well if you are having trouble with your floppy and you do have USB extensions installed, try disabling them and see if that helps. It might not be the only problem though?

3/23/2001 Update on USB Device Extension causing the floppy drive to not work: I have been able to repeat this issue by removing and replacing the USB Device Extension over and over. Thomas sent word that USB 1.4.6 drivers fixed the problem for him. I tried them (they are bundled with OS 9.1) but they didn't fix it for me? I also tried Apples USB DDK 1.5f3 extensions and they didn't work either :( Thomas then told me he also had OS 9.1 installed. I just dragged the USB extensions from my B&W G3 that had OS 9.1 installed on it over to the 6400. Maybe its a combination of newer OS and newer USB drivers that fixes it? Right now my only 6400 running is my server and the server software I am running is not OS 9.1 compatible :( My other 6400 is resting while my wife tries using our PB exclusively. So I cannot test OS 9.1 on a 6400 at the moment. As soon as I can I will! If you have the floppy issue and upgrading to OS 9.1 fixes it for you, please email me. Thanks. Below is Thomas's letters.
[I have a 6400/G3(300) with a Tango USB/FireWire PCI card. I was having the problems with the floppy drive, but USB v1.4.6 seems to have solved it. I do however still have sound issues related to the USB Support extension. With it enabled it causes my sound out to be delayed and it stutters. If anyone has messed around with the SDK for USB and found a way to solve this I would really appreciate it. It is getting to be real inconvenient to have to restart every time I want to play a game or listen to some music, especially since I have a HP 970Cse printer. Thanks for all of your helpful information that I have found on your site.

2/9/2002 OS 9.2.1 may fix floppy issue with USB cards?: Will said his floppy drive is working great under OS 9.2.1 where it would fail in OS 9.1. I asked if he had a USB card installed and he said yes! Could OS 9.2.1 fix the floppy issue with USB cards? I would love to hear from more people using OS 9.2.1 with USB cards installed. Thanks Will.

  • [Hi again,
    I tried my floppy drive out! The thing works great under the OS 9.2.1, Too where the floppy drive won't work under 9.1. It kept giving me crap about something being wrong with the floppy disk and that my data was lost or damaged.

    Under OS 9.2.1 it works great, formats, copies and reads with no problems.

    Surfing has been enjoyable, it is faster and very stable. my Apple TV/FM even works great! My modem connect speed has also increase and I have stable connections now. I have not been disconnected while on line.

    I got called a liar today about running OS 9.2.1 on my 6400/180 with only 56MB of physical memory. Tried to explain, but the person at nortons internet security "tech help" didn't want to hear it. Anyway they lost a customer over that for I have now have purchased netbarrier. It will better suit me anyway. Norton's found the trash can.

    Anyway, Thanks again for making this possible. Even an Apple tech called me a liar. I didn't give up your web site to them. I just wanted to brag to the (Apple tech) that was to help me get my floppy drive to work under OS 9.1 and never did, But was sure to charge for no help. I even sent him a email copy of my system profiler, showing a 6400 with OS 9.2.1.

    I believe you guys should rule over Apple!

    Many Thanks~WILL]

He later said he also has Carbon Lib 1.5 installed. This is not available yet with any OS but you can get it from Apple Developer pages. Here is a direct link to it. Maybe this is all that is needed? I just noticed it is also available through the software update control panel.At least if you have OS 9.1 or newer installed.

3/23/2002 Possible Floppy drive fix for OS 9 with USB drivers installed: Chris informed me that he is running OS 9.1 with an SIIG USB card and his floppy drive works fine. He has installed carbon library 1.5 which is available via the software update control panel and the old 5xxx/6xxx floppy fix that was designed for OS 7.6 if I remember right. I tried both on my 6400 without a USB card installed and my floppy still doesn't work so I think my floppy is just dead? If any of you try these and it fixes your drive, I would like to hear from you. So we now have two reports that the floppy drive issue is fixed and both readers had CarbonLib 1.5 installed? I wonder if that is the fix?

4/27/2002 Update on floppy drive usage under OS 9 with USB drivers installed: John wrote to let me know that installing the Carbon Lib 1.5 allowed him to get some floppy drive functions back even with USB drivers installed. It still has issues but it better then rebooting with the USB drivers off each time you want to use the floppy. Thanks John.

[I installed Carbon lib 1.5 with OS 9.1

I formatted 3 floppies. DOS to DOS, DOS to Mac, and Mac to Mac and all three worked. I also copied over 1.5 megs to the three disks combined. I did receive disk error messages "There is a problem with the disk untitled." Everytime I received the message, I copied the files a second time, and they copied to the disk just fine. With my USB drive I do not have to do this. There still may be a floppy software conflict.

Do not consider the issue resolved just yet. Give me another week or two. I will run more tests.

Hopefully someday Apple can fix this issue but I am not holding my breath :( But is does look like this Carbon Lib update is helping!

5/23/2002 Update on floppy drive issue with USB cards installed: recently I was able to try a newer floppy drive from a Beige G3 on my 6400 to see if all my previous floppy drive issues were in fact software related or hardware related. Well with the newer drive installed, I was able to format it several times and even read and write large files (about 600k) to it without any of the issues I had before! No more "disk is damaged" or "copy failed" errors :)

So are the USB drivers the real cause for floppy drive failures? I would still have to say yes as many people where able to fix their problems by removing the USB drivers, but not all may be related to the USB drivers. Some, like mine, may be do to the floppy drive hardware failing. Below is a picture of the old drive on the left and the new drive on the right.

floppy drive image

Note the difference in the cover as the older drives cover did not cover the entire drive like the new one does. The model numbers are practically identical

old drive #MF355F-592MA
new drive #MF355F-3592MA

The new drive has a 3 in 3592MA which is the only difference. So if you want to try a new drive I suggest you try looking for this model number.

7/2/2002 Speed Doubler may fix floppy drive issues with USB drivers installed?: John wrote that his floppy drive issues disappeared when he had Connectix's SpeedDoubler installed! Thanks John. Speed Doubler (now called Copy Agent) use to be for speeding up native PPC code when the PPC was just born. Now its main use is for speeding up file copies from disk to disk and over a network. Since SpeedDoubler takes over the control from the Finder during a copy, This could be the fix we have been looking for with older OS's. I have to say that I fixed my issues with when I installed OS 9.1 and replaced the floppy drive. I think I had a bad floppy drive which made matters worse?

2/5/2003 Update on USB drivers and floppy drive issues: John writes that he was able to fix his floppy drive issues by updating to the current Carbon Library extension and current USB drivers. Thanks John.

[I remember you from the floppy disk issue days. Well the USB device and support extensions, plus Carbon lib 1.6 has eliminated the issue. When I wish to use USB, the floppy disk drive works great, not perfect like it does with USB off.]

Basically if you also update to OS 9.2.2 you will get the latest of these as well.

AppleVideo player not recognizing Apple TV Tuner card in OS 9? 7/7/2001

Greg sends word that since he updated to OS 9, he is unable to select TV Tuner as an input for the AppleVideo player. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

I have apple video player. When you run it, it brings up a "controls" window, and the only selection that can be made is for playing movies. There used to be (under OS8.5) a "TV" control that would let you generate a TV screen and resize it. The computer does not seem to recognize the presence of the TV hardware, and I was hoping someone had a version of the extensions, etc. that worked under OS9.04.

7/21/2001 Update: This one turned out to not really be an OS 9 issue. Greg wrote back that with the help of others he found that the ATI drviers he had were either corrupted or one was missing? He removed all of them and reinstalled the ATI drivers from an OS install CD and then his TV card worked just fine. It is possible that updating to OS 9 could have removed or upgraded one of the ATI extensions causing this problem? We may never know.

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