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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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Site logo contest web page: Judging has began! Go and check out all the submissions I have and email me with the number of the image you wish to have as my next Home Page logo :) Please put the number of the submission in the subject line of your email so I can sort them easier. Thanks. Good luck all!

Just Updated 2/18/2000

My link frame now working: I just turned on the link frame at the bottom of my site. Let me know if you have any trouble with it or any of the links on my site.

Update on Sonnet Clocker II issue: I haven't been able to get ahold of the author of this app but I did get the source code for it. If anyone can rebuild the Sonnet Clocker II app with a registered copy of RealBasic so we can get it working again I would greatly appreciate it :) Even a remake with the demo version might work for awhile? One reader told me that turning the date back on their computer to 12/20/1999 (the date I posted it) made it work again. you might have to restart before it takes affect though?

Aqua Kaleidescope Scheme: In my last Just Update I linked to a site that had the Aqua Theme and Scheme posted. It seems that he removed the link to the scheme from that page. Here is a new link right to the Scheme. Apple sent a letter to the site hosting the Theme to have it removed so it no longer exists :( I think Apple is treating the look and feel of its OS just like it did the iMac! I hope they don't go down the same path that hurt them with MS in the beginning? Right now Apple has the courts on their side but that can all change any second.

DHCP issues with Cox Cable modems: recently I have been using OT 2.6 for DHCP with my Cox Cable modem because the OT that shipped with OS 8.6 had issues with DHCP. Well it seems that DHCP does not work for me at all anymore. Even if I reinstall the older OT? I thought it might have been something related to installing OT 2.6 but no one else that installed it had complained about this. But I did just get a letter from Michael who also has Cox Cable and he has the same problem. Sounds like Cox has changed somthing and DHCP no longer works for Macs? I can connect manually with no problem just like he can but I will have to call them and find out what happend. Click here to read more on the DHCP issues with OS 8.6

Apple Talk issues with Cable Modems!: I found this page on MacFixIt's web site that is discussing issues people are having with Apple Talk and owning a cable modem. It seems that some of the cable companies are upgrading their equipment which is allowing Apple Talk to cross over into other peoples houses and if someone in your neighborhood is running an Apple Talk server then this may cause problems for your Apple Talk network. Click here to read all about it.

I have not been affected yet as I cannot see any other Macs or printers in my Chooser so maybe COX has not upgraded in my area yet? It seems the only fix for now is to notify your cable provider and hope they shut down the user with the Apple Talk server or get a software/hardware router to isolate your local network.

Sonnet L2 G3 CPU temps: I received this email yesturday from a reader who asked Sonnet what is the range of temps we should expect from their G3 upgrades. Thanks

I believe the 30 - 65 degree range is for the copper G3's and the 75 - 85 degrees is for the non-copper G3's. These corrospond to what everyone has been reporting.

Confirmation that tightening the heatsink on the Sonnet G3 makes it cooler: I had been told by a previous read that Sonnets heatsink on their G3's are not as snug as they could be which causes the temps to be hotter then they should be. Well, Greg just wrote to let me know that he found the same thing. Thanks Greg. Lets all go snug up our heatsinks :)

OrangeMicro's Firewire / USB card not working in a 6500: Rick wrote to let me know that the Orange Firewire/USB card will not work in his 6400 with a 6500 motherboard. Orange replied to one of his messages confirming they know the problem exists with 6500's and are working on a fix. Thanks Rick. Click here to read more on this card.

Firewire / USB card combo from PowerLogix: OrangeMicro was the first to make one of these types of PCI cards. Now PowerLogix is announcing the RapidFire Firewire / USB combo PCI card. It is said to work in the 6400 and 6500. Here is some info I found on the MacInTouch web site.

Reader Request: Liam is having trouble figuring out how to get audio from the IXTV made by IXmicro. Click here to read more and please email him if you have an answer. Thanks. By the way, I just read that IXmicro just went out of business :( They did it very quietly this week. Its sad to see another Mac vendor go :( I think they but the blame on their failing Voodoo2 Banshee card and that other cheaper version came out which washed them up.

This may be true and I think other Mac only vendors and for that matter PC only vendors need to pay attention. The Mac is Back and you can no longer be proprietary to one side of the field if you want to stay in business. PC companies like 3dfx know this and thats why they are developing Mac drivers for their Voodoo series of video cards. Apple went the way of standardizing they're designs closer to PC's just for this reason. If all it takes is some software magic to make a PC card work on a Mac then why be proprietary any more? And who knows with all the talk about Darwin (base code for OS X) being able to run on both platforms that the Apple / MS / Intel wars may be coming to an end to start something new? Sorry for going on but I thought I would give my 2 cents :)

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? Click here to read more on this topic.

OS 9 may fix sound issues with Sonnets G3?: Regis writes that after updating to OS 9 his sound issues with Performer and his Sonnet G3 have gone away. Thanks Regis. Sonnet has said that OS 8.5.x is needed to get rid of these issues also but a lot of OS 8.6 users seem to have the problem back. Click here to read more on this issue.

He latter wrote me this.

StarCraft on the 6400: Maroney sent me some info on StarCraft being played on the 6400. Thanks Maroney.

More general info from a 6500 user: Tiong wrote to let me know about his experiences on a bunch of topics and how RD9 has changed his life :) Read on to learn more. Thanks Tiong.

I suggested he try RamDoubler and here was his reply.

And here are the game FPS scores he promised. Thanks Tiong for all this info :)

Help from a Reader!: McKinney wrote that he has a nice stable system and is willing to help others with similar setups. Thanks McKinney. Please try not to overwhelm him :)

Just Updated 2/12/2000

Apples Service Manuals are back!: Gary found a new link to Apples Service Manuals which include TakeApart instructions for just about every Mac model out there. Click here and go get your manuals :) Thanks Gary.

6400 QTVR: Craig just sent me a QTVR image of a 6400. Visit my 6400 Info page to see and play with it. Thanks Craig! Let me know if you have trouble viewing it. It took my a little while to figure out how to even get Netscape and AOL to display it for me :) I think I got all the bugs worked out?

Sonnet Clocker II app not working anymore?: Timo just wrote to let me know that the Sonnet Clocker II app (the one that can also clock the 6100/7100/8100 Macs) no longer works. I tried running it and it displays a message window that is all garbled and when clicked on OK the program quits? Maybe it was written in with a demo version of Real Basic and has expired? The Sonnet Clocker app continues to work but it won't clock the above mentioned Macs. I will email the author to see if he knows what happend?

Sonnet 400/1M card reveiwed!: Craig sent me a wonderful review of Sonnets new 400/1M L2 G3 card for the 6400/6500. Click here to read all about it. Thanks Craig.

More Aqua desktop makeovers: Craig also sent me a link to a site that has links to another Aqua Kaleidoscope scheme and they also have a link to an Apple Apearance Manager theme. Thanks Craig.

I tried both and the Aqua Theme is nice for an Appearance theme but it needs to be in millions of colors to look its best. The Apple menu icon looks pretty dithered in thousands of colors. On the other hand the Aqua Kaleidoscope scheme looks great in thousands of colors. Also both of these have the Green and Orange minimize and maximize buttons set correctly. Green was shown to be a maximize button in Steve Jobs speach but the AquaZ scheme used the orange button for that?

My new popup menu doesn't working in older browsers: Russ wrote to let me know that my new popup menu for the Hot Topics list gives him errors when he tries to use it. He is running AOL 3.0. Thanks for the info Russ. If anyone with HTML experience can help me correct this I would appreciate it. I have tried it with AOL 4.0 and Netscape 4.6-4.7 and they all work fine.

Newers Guage Pro 1.0.1 released: When Newer released version 1.0 it had some trouble reading some L2 G3 upgrade cards such as Sonnets. This version has correct the problem. Click here to download it and let me know if you have any trouble with it.

Newer Tech in financial trouble?: There is a lot of speculation going around about a letter that was posted on the web from Newer to their creditors requesting a new payment schedual for their debts. A lot of people are saying this means the end of Newer? It might be and it might not? I'm sure Apple went through all of this many times over their dark period. I for one do not want to count them out yet. They did just announce the new iMac G3 CPU upgrade and are rumored to announce a PB G3 CPU upgrade as well. But times are tough as there are so many G3 upgrade vendors now that it must be very cut-throat for them all! It was brought to my attention that they no longer have the 300/512k L2 G3 listed anymore and the 300/1M card is now $299. I think this puts their 300/1M card on par with Sonnets 300/1M card but Newers runs the Backside cache at 200Mhz instead of 100Mhz and Newers is more compatible with the Voodoo3. I hope they stay around as I would hate for Sonnet to loose their only competition :)

Proof that Sonnet rev'ed their L2 G3 cards: Greg found an ad posted for Sonnets 300/512k L2 G3 cards and noticed that there are 2 ads for almost the same card but one has a rev A at the end of the model number. Thanks Greg.

Here is what I just clipped from Sonnets site. It doesn't have a separate model for the 5400 but does have a distinction between the 6400/6500 family and the 4400 family. Maybe this is what they meant to say?

I looked over both Sonnets site and OWC's site and they do not seem to match at all? Sonnet has the above distinction between the 6400/6500 and 4400 type Macs and nothing metioned about the 5400 needing a different model. OWC lists one 300/512k model for the 5500/6400/6500/6360/TWA and another model which is $10 more for all Alchemy based Macs including the 4400 and Starmax systems? These clearly don't match! The strange part is that only the 300/512k is listed as having 2 model numbers and not the other speeds of G3? Could only the 300/512k card have had a problem with the 5400? This is very strange and confusing. Anyone with a clue as to what is right please email me. Thanks.

ATI says don't use their Rage128 with a L2 G3!: Michael recieved a reply from ATI that is not very good. according to this letter, ATI is telling us to not bother to try their Rage128 cards as they have a 60% failure rate with any L2 G3 upgrade! This would coincide with the different reports I have been getting over the past year about their video cards. I guess they could not find a fix and decided to just tell us not to use them :( Its too bad as a L2 G3 upgrade and a Rage128 card make for the perfect upgrade to our 6400/6500's.

Here is another letter from Russell who was told by Sonnet that the Rage128 cards don't work with L2 G3's :( Thanks Russell.

Here is a letter from the 40% that do get the Rage128 card to work :) Simon sends word that his Vimage 240 L2 G3 works fine with the RageOrion. Thanks Simon. Although from the letters above from ATI and Sonnet I don't think much of us will have the same luck as Simon :(

Running Quake3Arena with dual monitors: I found this info on Mike Breedens 3dfx news site. It tells how to configure Q3A to pic the monitor of your choice in a multi monitor setup.

Sharing Epson printers over an Apple Talk network: I found this site from a guy who hacked Epsons stylus inkjet drivers to allow for printer sharing over an Apple Talk network! Epson had just released drivers for many of their newer printers and incorporated AT sharing into them. They are version 6.x drivers. They did not update their older drivers for this capability yet though :( So this guy hacked the driver from a 760 AT driver extension and made it work with several older Epson Stylus inkjet printers. I downloaded the Epson 700 and Epson 600 drivers for my printers. Let me tell you that these things work great! I now have my Epson printer shared between all of my Macs and it was free :) Yes thats right. Since he only hacked their driver it would not be right to charge for it since most of the work was done by Epson already. You have to follow a specific installation procedure which he outlines very clearly and then it will just work! remember though that the Mac with the physical connection to the printer must be running with Apple Talk enabled for this to work.

Reader Request page updated: I posted a letter from Andy who is having trouble getting a Sonic Systems COMM II slot ethernet card recognized on his 6400. Click here to read the letter and please email him if you have an answer.

CVGS back in business!: I just read on MacsOnly that Connectix has won their battle with Sony over the making of CVGS. Here is a clip from MacsOnly's site. Hopefully now they can update it :)

More Linux on the 6400 info: Andrew sent me some tips on getting the ATI Rage Orion card to work under LinuxPPC. Just so you know he doesn't have a L2 G3 installed. Thanks Andrew.

Click here for more on running Linux on the 6400. Also note he isn't having any issues with his SCSI UMAX scanner and OS 9. Not everyone is having trouble but a majority are. Click here for more on this topic.

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 sale9/3/1999

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, B&W G3/350 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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