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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.

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
My Sonnet User Letters page
My Sonnet install review

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

L2/G3 comparison page

Just Updated 6/5/1999

Sonnet crashes to much for me now!: Since updating to OS 8.6 I have had many boot crashes with Sonnets card that I cannot stand it any more! In just the past few days it took 2-3 boots before it made it all the way each time I wanted to use the computer. I had it so I removed Sonnets card and put in Vimges G3 and placed Sonnets card in my backup 6400. So far no crashes with Vimages :) Sonet really needs to find out why their card is so unstable or they are going to loose new customers.

Perhaps a 4th L2 G3 vendor may emerge?: Joey, who has sent me some great info on clocking, may make his own L2 G3 for the 6400 and it sounds rather interesting. He has a company in Germany which is selling G3 upgrades right now for other Macs and is testing versions for the 6400. If his card works the way it sounds like it will then it might just beat the others in stability and compatibility! I asked to test one if he does produce them. Thanks Joey.

Misc 6400 info from Rick: Rick send some info on why the power supply fan may wind up like a turbo jet and info on new drivers for thr TurboTV card. Thanks Rick

Speaking of Apple Scripts. I noticed that my PB G3 will not set the volume to zero anymore thru a shutdown. The script works fine while the PB is running but I now get a chime at starup or restart where once the set volume zero script silenced it. 6400's can not have a zero volume and will always chime on boot but does anyone have a different Mac where the script used to work and now doesn't with OS 8.6? Please email with the details. Thanks

Letter from 6400 users that upgraded to OS 8.6: Thanks for the letters and keep them coming.

Not sure if this is an OS issue or clocking issue but it sounds like an OS issue. Anyone else have this problem?

Does anyone else notice a very long boot? My system hangs just after the Date & Time is displayed in the menu bar. This is the time its trying to get an IP address through my cable modem. Oddly my PB G3 does not have this problem when I connect it to the cable modem? http://www.macfixit.com mentions that many people are having this issue and it all seems to be related to having your TCP/IP control panel set to DHCP. Still others do not have it set like this and still get a hang.

Good, 2 happy customers :)

More G3 testing from Anton: He has done some more application testing to see what makes his Sonnet card get lower CPU scores. Also he mentions something interesting about a typ of memory addressing which is bad and Sonnet may use it? check it out. Thanks Anton. To be fair, I find most apps slow any CPU score down after they have been run for awhile. Like other sites that do a lot of benchmarking, I prefer to run the tests just after a boot so no other program has run yet. This is the best way to get numbers that are real with the Mac OS.


Just Updated 6/3/1999

This update is very long so you might want to get a drink or use the bathroom before you begin :)

Update - Sonnets OS 8.6 driver is out!: Sonnet just posted the final 1.3.6 version on there web site. Go and get it :)

Vimage 320/325 card spotted for sale: Rico saw Vimages Card for sale at Other World Computing. Thanks Rico. They are a good company with Ads in the baclk of MacWorld magazine. I have a link to them on my Magazines page.

More video cards incompatible with Vimage G3: Joey sent me a letter stating that none of the Mac Picasso cards would work for him with Vimage G3. This does contradict a previous letter I got from Ola stating that the MP850 worked? The MP540 was previously reported as not working.

Mac OS 8.6 on the 6400: Well I've been using it for a little bit now and don't really have anything good or bad to say about it! I guess thats good :) I don't notice the improvments and I don't find any incompatibilities with my stuff except for the G3 upgrades. Please email me your experiences if it has improved or gone down hill. Thanks.

Cable Modem update: What can I say, this thing rocks! Its been the bet purchase I made since the G3 upgrades. Even better as it doesn't crash :) The speed is awsome to say the least and not having to log on is a big plus. Even my network connection at work seems slow now because it goes thru so many firewalls.

Review of Promax's TurboMax PCI-IDE card: Here is a link to Accelerate Your Mac's review of this card which allows up to 4 IDE drives to be attched to your Mac. Its not with a 6400 but I thought you might be interested in reading it. It will work on the 6400 as Ryan sends word that it is for him. Thanks Ryan

Village Tronics MP850 card reviewed: Joey and Dan sent me a review of the MP850 at a readers requst. Thanks guys. Click here to read them.

More on why an IDE slave drive will not work in the 6400: Joey sent some me more info at the request of another reader on why the 6400 cannot use an IDE drive in a slave setup. Thanks Joey. He mentions that they might be able to fix it so who knows, maybe someday?

LinuxPPC on the 6400: Andrew sends word that he tried it on his 6400 and it works well. He did not try it with a G3 upgrade though but I did and it does work! Linux 4.0 comes with a graphical user interface and I found a utility that shows what the CPU is and it showed a 300Mhz PPC 750 which is a G3 but I don't know if the backside cache was working? It seemed a little slow for all the hype that I've heard so maybe the cache was not enabled. At least you can run it without removing your G3 :)

ADB switchbox for Macs: Someone had asked me in the past if there was such a device and it looks like there is! I recieved this letter which has a link to Dr Botts web site who is selling the device. It is a solid state switch and not just a mechanical switch so it should not harm the mother board as a regular mechanical switch might.

Letters in reply to Mitch's question on hot to get the FM player application plus other TV/FM system info: I have recieved a few letters about the 6400's TV/FM video system and also found some info my self from Apples web site so sit back and enjoy :) Thanks everyone for replying.

To answer Mitch Roberts question about the TV card for A/V Macs, there are two of these, the Apple TV card and the Apple TV/FM radio card (M4586LL/A). I know of no way to upgrade the TV card.


[The 6400 (and all A/V Macs) come with the Apple Video card. This allows you to input audio and video to the Mac. Using the Apple Video Player, you can view and even record it. The connectors for this card are right next to the ADB and serial ports on the back of the 6400.

As far as I know, no A/V Mac came with a TV card standard. This card goes in the top of the case (not on the motherboard assembly) next to the monitor connector. The TV/FM card came out later than the TV only card and was expensive. I could've bought a real TV and radio for what it cost and plugged them into the video card.

Nowadays, you can buy the TV card for around $50, but the TV/FM card is nowhere to be found. It's been discontinued by Apple and people that haves 'em keeps 'em.

you will find it on the MacOS 8.5 CD. Start the Installer, choose Custom installation für MacOS 8.5 and at multimedia you will find Radio/FM!

Steve mentioned that the 6400 came with the video card which will also have the Avid Cinema card so you could do video recording and the Avid card allowed for video compression and video out. Not many 6400's did though so don't be fooled and think you should have got one :) The 6500 had some versions which came with the TV/FM tuner card and this is the card that works in the 6400.Which type you can buy right now (TV/FM or TV only) would be a mistery? Make sure to ask whomever your buying it from what type their selling. Here are a few TIL article from Apple that might interest you.




As Joey mentioned, you can find the FM player on the OS 8.5 install CD. Infact its supposed to be on all the OS 8 series install CD's from OS 8 to OS 8.5. The problem is that it will not install it unless the installer finds a version of it on your HD where it expects to find it! This can be solver by doing a custom install and look for the Multimedia section as Joey said. I also remember reading that it may even be on the original 6400 System CD. DO NOT try a system install from this disk or it will revert you to the original OS 7.5.3 but if you browse thru the folders on the CD you might find it? Other TIL files I found do mention that you need the latest version available at the time of each OS's release for compatibility so I suggest which ever OS CD you have that you look for it in the Custom install section there. I could not locate it anywhere on Apples FTP sites.

If anyone has trouble finding the FM player then let me know as Tom was nice enough to send me the latest version he has. Thanks Tom.

More Sonnet user letters: Here a a few letters I recieved thatmay interest you. Thanks guys.

Some MacBench5 scores comparing a Quantum Fireball 7200 rpm IDE drive with the stock IDE drive: Charles sends some test scores he did on his system with a new Quantum Fireball IDE HD. Thanks Charles.

Just Updated 5/14/1999

Sound garbled after installing Vimages G3: Steve writes that he is getting some pretty nasty sounds out of his 6400 since he installed Vimages 240G3. I haven't had this problem but I did notice that Marathon Infinity's opening music gets cut off and garbled. I thnk its a timing issue and maybe trying the Booster beta drivers with the control panel set to NONE will help? Of course this will slow the computer down but should still be OK as long as its only Legacy games that don't really need a G3 boost :) Let me know if any of you are having this issue. Thanks.

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 :)

Current Problems with my System

System won't sleep2/26/1999

I don't know if Sonnets L2/G3 cards are causing this problem but neither of my 6400's will sleep now. The monitors will sleep but the HD just spins down and then right back up and the fan never slows at all. I'm using OS 8.5.1 and have a 300/512k and 300/1M G3 card installed. I know the sleep function used to work but I haven't tried it in awhile. If any of you have this problem or if your system will sleep with Sonnets cards then please email me the details. Thanks.

Update 3/2/1999 Its not Sonnets G3 cards causing the problem. I just removed the G3 and left the L2 slot empty and the 6400/180 will still not sleep? Hmmmmmmm!

FIX 5/27/1999 Gary sent me a fix which seems to work. One thing though is that the power supply fan will always spin. Even PC's do this to keep the mother board cool. I guess the CPU does not sleep but all the peripherals do? By the way I was able to reset up different sleep times for displays and System and it still worked for me. Maybe my pref files was just corrupted? Thanks Gary.

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I use a Performa 6400/180 OS 8.6, Performa 6400/200 OS 8.6, PowerBook G3/233 OS 8.6, 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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