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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
Hack to make Sonnets G3's more stable
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 7/2/1999 again

Reader Requests updated: Keith fixed his QK 4 startup freeze issue buy just trashing the prefs. Let this be a reminder that the Pref file is usually the first or at least second thing to suspect as being a problem with an app or startup file.

Dan just got a 6360 and would like info from anyone who has over clocked one. Click here for more details.

And maybe someone can answer this one rather quick. Al is having trouble getting QT 4 to install. I asked him to try redownloading the installer but maybe one of you has another solution. Thanks

Just Updated 7/2/1999

News on Newers 6400 G3 upgrade: I don't know if the posting I found on MacFixIt's site below means Newer has their 6400 G3 ready or not but they are making a nice bundle for us. Its listed for education resellers but I wonder if they will make a consumer bundle? read on.

Funny how they are advertising this but no mention on whether the G3 card is even ready for consumer sales?

UPDATE on Farallons 2.0 extension for their 10/100 COMM II ethernet card not compatible with OS 8.6: Paul emailed saying he had the same problem but it may not have been the Farallon extension causing the problem. All I know is that when I reinstall the older 1.1 version the problem goes away. Thanks Paul.

UPDATE on the Crescendo hack: Carl emailed to give me info on his tests with my Crescendo extension hack to fix Sonnets G3. Thanks Carl.

He later emailed me the names of the pref files he had to trash.

I checked all of these and they all are of type "APPC". On my Hack info page I tell you to make the Crescendo extension type "scri" to get it to load before the other extensions. I wonder if "APPC" even loads before "scri"? I will try and see what happens.

UPDATE: I just tried it and changing the type to "APPC" did not make them load early. I suppose those few items load early or have their pref files changed early for some other reason? Maybe they were just corrupted from past use?

Reply from Sonnet on Hack: Anton wrote Sonnet on the topics the Hack fixes and here is their reply. It seems they don't think these are a problem. Tell that to me and the others that get more stable systems with the Hack. Thanks Anton. I will email Joey and see what he thinks too.

Drive Setup causing HD issues on 6400s?: I found this topic on Mike Breeden's Accelerate Your Mac web site. One person thinks that all the HD issues the 6400 has been having are created by using Drive Setup (Apples disk formatting utility). Personally I never had an issue with Drive Setup. Click here to read all the info I gathered from his web site. Thanks Mike.

Apples 6400 take apart manual: Apple has once again removed their manuals from being downloaded. The link I had to their Euro address now requires special access privilages :( I have my own version posted for anyone that wishes to take their case apart.

Trouble with Apples QuickTake 100 camera with Vimages G3 installed: Roy sends word that he cannot get a successful download of images from his QuickTake 100 after having Vimages G3 installed. I also posted a reply with some of my tips I gave to him. Thanks for the info Roy.

The second idea worked. I had to disable the Vpower extension and control panel through the Extensions manager. It worked just like it used to...just fine..although considerably slower than I've grown used to.
Thanks again for your advise and please feel free to post my letter and "our" solution if you want.

I have further asked him to try the latest Vpower drivers which allows you to disable the cache completely on the fly and see what happens. To have to disable the G3 and reboot is a lousy fix :(

US pricing for BlackFires IDE-SCSI adaptor: Alex said he was told by BlackFire that their card sells for $70 US which is about $50 cheaper then the TurboMax. Although only one drive can be attached to the BlackFire card and 4 to the TurboMax. Also he question about the drive bracket is a good one. You should use a bracket as it keeps the drive from moving around during transport. It is possible to run the drive in that upper bay with out a bracket but I wouldn't advise it.

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 Pause with USB card and OS 8.6 7/8/1999

I have been having a pause in all apps and the mouse when using Logitecs USB Wheel mouse on an ADS USB card. I haven't traced it down but one other person had a similar issue but with an ADB trackball which means it may not be a USB issue? Click here for more info.

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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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