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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 7/10/1999

Mac Equipment for sale: David has sold his 5400 and would like to thank all that inquired. Click here to see what else is for sale.

QT4 full install: David also sent word of a guy who made his own installer for QT4 so you don't have to do the internet install that Apple intended. Click here to visit his web site. If you want his site to stay up then I don't think you should post this info to any of Apples Forums because as soon as they find out about it, he will be shut down. Remember the 6400 take apart manual sites!

More mouse pause info: I found this at Accelerate Your Mac's web site. It has to due with mouse ghosting with video cards but it might also help me out to. I'll let you know if it works.

This problem may not be with OS 8.6 only as Pasal also reports having this issue. I asked him to see if he has the above extensions installed and to try and remove them.

A real problem found with Sonnets G3: Most of us have been having the startup crashes or random freezes with Sonnets G3 but now it seems there is a repeatable problem with Sonnets cards and some sound apps. Peter wrote to Sonnet with some issues has was having and Sonnet told him to return the card as they are aware of these issues! I wonder when they were going to tell us? Thanks Peter.

Just Updated 7/8/1999

Mac OS X on a G3 accelerated 6400?: Trung as well as many others are curious to know if Apples newest OS will run on a 6400 with a G3 card installed? I am also interested in finding out so if any of you have tried it please email me.

400Mhz G3 or higher possible on the 6400, Maybe?: I found this info on Mikes Accelerate Your Mac site that syas Interware (parent company to Vimage) has broken the 8x bus limit by using a procedure called Bus Doubling. Basically they increase the bus then do it again so the CPU does not notice the original bus speed. They haven't made a G3 upgrade like this for us yet but the potential is there. Let all keep our fingers crossed :)

Problem and cure for subwoofer volume control: Mitch was having trouble with his subwoofer volume control and found some wire loose on the circuit board. If any of you has any questions on how he got to it then please email him. Thanks Mitch.

Mac Equipment for sale: Ty has sold his Syquest EZflyer and would like to thank all that inquired. Austen has a few Apple systems for sale and you can get more info on them plus other stuff for sale by clicking here.

USB mouse pause update: I got a copy of the ADS's USB drivers and installed them to see if they would help my mouse and system pauses. It turns out that they are just Apples USB drivers version 1.1. I already tried these before and am up to version 1.3f of Apples drivers now with minimal changes. The pause is less with version 1.3 but still present.

Reader Request: Avid crashes with Sonnets G3 installed: Bill is having a tough time getting Avid to do anything but crash since he installed Sonnets G3. Click here for more info.

My own request: This is somewhat off the topic but I was wondering if there is anyone using Quicken to do online billing with their bank? I use Bank of America and the branches out here are not as up-to-date as the California system is so they have no Mac versions of their software used to do online billing. They just switched to Quicken99 from Managing Your Money and they only have PC versions available. I was wondering if Quicken98 for the Mac would work? I expecct that when Quicken 2000 comes out for the Mac then they should distribute both PC and Mac copies for online banking. Anyways if anyone has an answer then please email me. Thanks.

French pottery for sale: I thought I would change the pace of info posted today. Andy , a reader of the 6400 Zone, has his own online buisness selling pottery. They are very nice looking so I thought some of you may be interested. Click here to visit his site.

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.

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 8.67/8/1999

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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