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The 6400 Zone is created to help you gain access to useful software updates and great shareware programs that add functionality to your system. It is also a one stop road map to other informative sites for answering your questions. Most of the info here is geared towards the 6400, but it is useful for all PCI Performa models and even the 6500 and all-in-one Macs based on the same. It's even useful to other MAC systems. I will be referring to my 6400/200 clocked to 220Mhz as just 6400/220, OK.

I will keep it updated as often as I can but I don't have much free time to work on it, so I suggest you check back at least once a week. That should be sufficient. If you don't see something you would like to see here or have your own software / web site that would benefit the MAC community, please write to me at TMK12v@aol.com and I will check it out.

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Just Updated 12/24/1999

Happy Holidays! Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. This will mark the end of a millennium and the end of The 6400 Zone's 4th year running! It doesn't seem like that long but is has been. I would like to thank everyone that has helped this site grow and please keep that info flowing :) I also would like to thank my wife for all the trouble she has put up with for all my testing and updating :) next year I am thinking of holding a contest to make a new logo for my web site. I don't have much to offer but I think a copy of my web site on CD might be nice? If anyone would like to donate a prize I would appreciate it!

Over the next 2 weeks I might not have an update or may not be able to answer your emails. I expect to be back in full production and have an update to my web site by Jan 7th, so until then, Have a great Holiday!

Mac Facts web site: Here is a web site with plenty of ammo to help fight against the MS monopoly machine :) Click here to read all the juicy info. Its very interesting!

Sonnet released Crescendo 1.4.1b2: They just released a newer beta driver for their G3 upgrades. Click here to download it. As before let me know how it works and if they turned off Speculative Addressing yet. The info posted at Sonnets site also says it adds "G3 install only" Maybe that means you can install the driver without all the other crap like LibMoto and their Desktop Rebuild extension. That would be nice!

I have received several emails from users of the 1.4.1b1 driver and they all said that SA was still turned on but one user got a reply from Sonnet saying it is supposed to be off now? Here is what Likos got from Sonnet. Thanks Likos

Likos later wrote me saying that this didn't have any affect that he could see.

IBM SCSI HD issues and fixes: I have had a few readers mention they had trouble getting an IBM SCSI HD to run in their 6400's. Here are a few clips I found about IBM drives in Macs. I hope this helps.

The 1st is from the 6400 forums and the second is from MacFixIt

BlackFire's SCSI-IDE adaptor has its 8.4G limit removed: I just received word that BlackFire has removed the 8.5G limit on there IDE to SCSI adaptor card. This makes it much more worth the price now since you can only attach one drive to the card. Thanks. Click here for more info on IDE adaptor cards.


Gaming Info

Guess as to why the 6400/6500 has trouble with the ATI Rage128 and Voodoo3 cards?: Edward wrote me with what he thinks may be the problem with these new video cards and L2 G3 accelerated Macs. Thanks Edward.

This is possible but I think its more a problem with the video cards addressing the memory on their own rather than the G3's allowing signals to get to the stock CPU since only these latest of video cards have the problem and not older ones. Maybe these new cards are bus mastering type cards and are trying to access something there not supposed to and the older cards did not do this? This is all speculation though so who really knows what's going on!

Sonnets driver 1.4.1b1 may cure Voodoo3 issues?: Tiong wrote me before with news that running a dual monitor setup or with a Mac/PC adaptor on the stock port that he was able to get the Voodoo3 card to work on his Sonnet upgraded 6500. Well now he says he can ditch the second monitor as the Crescendo 1.4.1b1 seems to have cured it for him. Thanks Tiong.

CVGS not working on a 6500 with OS 9?: Mano writes that since he updated to OS 9 that he can no longer get CVGS to work? Since he has a 6500 I was wandering if it may be the SCSI issue also? I know the 6500 was affected before but maybe now it is? Let me know if you have an answer. Thanks

Reply to issues a reader had with a Game Wizard Voodoo card: Dave wrote me in response to a post I have on my 6400 Gaming page from Jim who was unable to get good game play with his Game Wizard video card. Thanks Dave.

There is a difference in Dave's setup and that he can use the 3dfx drivers and Jim has to use the Mesa drivers. This causes the out or memory errors as Mesa demands a lot of memory and you need to do some tweaking to get the speed up even with a G3! To get rid of the memory errors on my 6400 I had to increase the RAM with RamDoubler to 140M and leave the Quake2/3 apps at their installed settings (I didn't raise their RAM limit). The reason is that Mesa uses system memory and if you increase the games memory alot there won't be enough left for Mesa. Remember that the OS will take about 15-30M then Quake 2/3 like 50-70M which doesn't leave anything left for Mesa if you only have 104M of RAM. Now with a lot of VM or high RD settings you need to worry about CPU/HD time for all this memory swapping. I only had 56M of real RAM but with a G3 installed I only had lag when the scene changed drastically like walking into a new room.

Just Updated 12/17/1999

Airport setup help for non-Airport ready Macs: The MacResource has a page on setting up an Airport base station on a non-Airport ready Mac. Since the installer won't run on non-Airport Macs you need to use Tome Viewer which allows you to look inside the installer tome and extract the needed software. Then the rest goes as Apple planned. Its still pretty tricky and worth reading if your going to try it. Let me know how it goes if you try?

Village Tronics MP850 works after all with G3's: Last week I posted that the MP850 video card might be unable to work with L2 G3's. Here is a letter from an anonymous user who has it working. Thanks.

Sonnet Clocker and Sonnet Clocker II!: The author of the Sonnet Clocker utility has updated it again to fix the issue of 240Mhz users not being able to clock their G3's. It turns out he correctly modified the 240 registers but the problem is that Sonnet was not using those? They were using the 250 registers for both 240/250 speeds. With this update it should work fine. Please let me know how it goes.

Also another person took the source code and made the same changes but also added bus settings for Nubus G3 upgrades! This one is named Sonnet Clocker II. The whole 33-36.7 Mhz range was not in the original version but now it is. He did leave out the 66 and 100Mhz settings for the beige and B&W G3 upgrades but its not certain if it would work on those anyway? This second Author says it won't work on any PCI G3 upgrade, only the Nubus and L2 upgrades. So now you have a choice of either one (both do the exact same thing but each has different bus choices and both have the 6400/6500 settings) which should cover the entire spectrum of Sonnets G3 upgrade offerings :)

Sonnet beta Crescendo 1.4.1b1 driver: Bill was the first to let me know that Sonnet has posted a beta version of the Crescendo driver for greater OS 9 compatibility with Nubus systems and fixes for the startup crashes the L2 G3 systems have! Thanks Bill. Click here to download it and please let me know if they disabled Speculative Addressing?

Several people have written to let me know that it seems to have fixed the startup crash but one person was still getting bad stability in sound apps. Sigh :( Its too soon to tell if the startup crash is really fixed but so far so good. Here is a sample of the emails I got. Thanks.

Yes I've tried Sonnets beta extension 1.4.1b1 and since I have installed it I haven't had any startup freezes. (keeping fingers crossed) I do have the extension starting first and am also running PowerLogix G3/G4 profiler ,to disable Speculative Access, and ROAM. This combo worked well before the update but I still had crashes on startup. (albeit far fewer than originally when I couldn't make it to the finder at all).
I'm going to ask sonnet if they plan to disable Speculative Access in this version of their extension so I can ditch G3/G4 Profiler.

Also I hear the Sonnet Clocker still works so Sonnet hasn't made to drastic of a change.

Another tip on fixing sound issues with Sonnets G3: Gary found a few extensions that seem to make his system more stable if removed. Thanks Gary.

Just so you know. I have these on both my PB G3 and my Vimage 6400 and neither have sound issues. They were installed by my AGFA camera software. Let me know if you have these and removing them helped.

What is SOMobjects? Here is the answer!: Last week I mentioned that a Vimage user removed SOMobjects from his extension folder and it solved a stability issue he was having with OS 9. I had asked what SOMobjects was and here is the answer I got from several people. Thanks.

It seems it can be used for many different apps. I would leave it installed unless your certain removing it doesn't affect anything else. It is on both my PB G3 and 6400.

Apple TIL on the 6400: Here is a link to TIL 24215 that Apple made as a FAQ for us 6400 users. Go check it out :)

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! Click here for more info.

Here is an OS 9 user that is happy with it: Gertjan is very happy with his 6400 upgraded with OS 9 and Vimage's G3. Thanks Gertjan.

I think removing the Geo modem should be one of the first things on anyone's "increase stability" list. It has been the root cause of many 6400 users problems!

Mac site in Japan: Here is a link to a web site of a reader of mine in Japan. Its named WheelerDealer. It is all in Japanese so I figured it would be nice for my Japanese friends to visit :) He has also posted a Japanese version of the Sonnet Clocker II. Thanks.

Gaming Info---------

Quake 3 Arena strategy guide: Here is a link to a strategy guide on Q3A. It is good reading and some of the more basic stuff is useful for all FPS games.

New Quake 3 Demo out: id software just released a newer Q3D for the Mac. I tried it and it is much better then the previous demo test. I think this will be the final demo until the full version is out. This fixed a problem I had where my game would have massive jitters as I walked around. I had to use vertex instead of lightmap which made the game look horrible but made the jitters less severe. Now it plays as good as the original Q3T!

Possible fix to get a Voodoo3 running on a Sonnet G3 accelerated 6400: Tiong sends word that he found a fix to get a Voodoo3 and an ATI Rage128 Orion to work on his 6500 just by having a PC-MAC monitor adapter left on the stock port! It seems that the 6500 wants to think it still is using the stock port even if you just want to use a video card. You will need 2 monitors to start but after following Tiongs instructions on how to move the Happy Mac and menu bar to your new graphics card you can remove the second monitor and place a monitor adapter on the stock port so it always thinks it has one there. Nice fix. Thanks Tiong.

Voodoo3 on a Newer G3 accelerated 6400 update: Bryan sends word that his 6400 with Newers G3 is running with a Voodoo3 ok. Later he sent a more info stating that he had to reflash the ROM because it may have gotten corrupted? Thanks for the info Bryan.

Then he sent this.

VR 128 feedback page from Accelerate Your Mac: Here is a page Mike posted on his site with all the VR 128 user feedbacks he's been getting. Interesting reading!

Another reply from ATI on the VR 128 and Vimage G3 issue: Jesse received a reply the other day from ATI and at lease they are somewhat willing to look further into the issue now. Thanks Jesse.

Here is a letter from Allen who made sure that ATI knows what the problem is. Thanks Allen!

My suggestion to all of you is email ATI and let them know you would like it fixed. Maybe with enough feedback they will try and fix it.

SuperMac c500 with the Rage Orion: I know this is not a 6400/6500 but it is based on the smae mother board so I thought I would post it. Thanks for the ingo Alvin.

Just Updated 12/10/1999

Orange Micros OrangeLink FireWire/USB PCI and the 6400: I have received several requests for info on this card. It is a combo FireWire and USB card which would help save PCI slots in your 6400/6500 if you wanted both. If anyone has tried the card please email me any info you have on it. Thanks.

Just Updated 12/3/1999

6400 and Plextor CD rom drives?: Tom would like to know if the Plextor CD Rom drives would fit in the stock CD location of the 6400? Please email me any info you might have. Thanks.

L2G3 upgrade info for the 6400

My Vimage Info page on Vimage's G3 upgrade for the 6400

My Vimage Compatibility page
My Vimage User Letters page
My Vimage install reviews

My Sonnet Tech Info page on Sonnet's G3 upgrade for the 6400

Hack to make Sonnets G3's more stable
My Sonnet Compatibility page
My Sonnet User Letters page
My Sonnet install review

My Newer Tech Info page on Newer's G3 upgrade for the 6400

My Newer Compatibility page
My Newer User Letters page

My PowerLogix Info page on PowerLogix's G3 upgrade for the 6400

L2/G3 comparison page

CD containing the 6400 Zone plus past history for sale 9/3/1999

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in purchasing a CD with my entire up-to-date site as well as my 6400 Take Apart manual plus many of the past Just Updates included? I think this would be a great idea for anyone who hasn't been able to keep up or never saw my site until recently. Also for those of you with Sherlock the CD is even better cause you can tell Sherlock to index the CD and then you can do a search on any topic and if I ever talked about it, you'll find it! I have info as far back as mid 1997. I'm asking $15 which includes shipping for US residents (not sure what the price for international shipments would be yet?) and I will even include a few surprises! To make this offer even juicier I can add some download that you've been trying to get but just couldn't for some reason. Lets put my cable modem to work :)

amazon.com, books and more 7/2/98

I found a great way to earn some money while getting great deals to you on Macintosh books and software plus they have all kinds of other books, music, and more. Please click on the amazon.com link on the top of this page whenever you feel like purchasing something to help sponsor this site. If you're unsure of what you want and wish to get a list of Mac related items, just type Macintosh in the search field on their home page and you will be presented with many choices to select.

Link to my site that gets rid of AOL's ads! 9/16/98

Jeff did some digging in to the new code that displays the frames on my site with AOL ads and found a link that can be used which will not show those annoying ads. Here is the address. http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/TMK12v/home.html
Thanks Jeff, for sending this info. PS don't let AOL find out :)

Here's an even better link http://members.aol.com/zone6400 I like this one better :)

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I use a Performa 6400/180 OS 8.6, Performa 6400/200 OS 8.6, PowerBook G3/233 OS 9, and a PowerBook DUO 270c OS 7.5.5. All of the software updates posted here are currently running on one or the other with minimal problems. If I do encounter a problem, I will post it for all to read and respond to. If you are having any problems and would like help just email me and if I can answer it I will, or I will post it here for others to read and respond to.

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