Just Updated 11/18/2000
Final update on 128M DIMMS in a 6400/6500, NO GO!: Daniel wrote before with some specs on how a 128M DIMM would need to be made for it to work on a 6400 with the full memory available. Last update I posted info from someone claiming to be using 2 128M cards in their 6400 but the person never wrote back? Well Daniel did some checking and found that there aren't any chips made by them with the correct configuration we need :( Thanks Daniel.
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 demo: Here is a link to the Mac Game Files where FAKK2 demo can be downloaded from. It is a third person perspective game based on the Quake 3 engine. Its a very cool game and I am curious to see how it performs on a G3 upgraded 6400/6500? If anyone has tried, please let me know.
First theme for OSX Beta: For those of you running OSX Beta on some Mac, here is a link to a web site that has 2 themes posted for use with OSX! This link is a redirect link a user who has an account on Apples iTools server but Apples system is down at the moment? Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
OSX server on a 5400!: I was given a link to a news group posting on OSX and found one post from a member named Josh that had actually installed OSX Server on a 5400! He had some trouble and had to use a special booter (which he cannot tell where it came from?) to get it working. This means it may be possible but someone is going to have to do some serious hacking around for us!
OSX Beta Warning for 5500/6500 users!: I have had several emails from 6500 owners that tried OSX Beta on their systems and where unable to boot the system afterwards! This is the same issue I had with my 6400 but I was able to fix it by zapping the PRAM. This seems to not work on the 6500? In all cases they had to remove the mother board battery over night and then press the mother board reset button to things back to normal. Unless your sure you can live without your Mac or are a very brave person, I suggest not trying OSX beta on a 6400/6500 at the moment :( Hopefully things will change?
CVGS on a G3 upgraded 5500: Justin writes with some nice comments on running CVGS (playstation emulator) on a 5400 upgraded to a 5500 with a G3. Thanks Justin. I suspect his good performance is due to the 50Mhz system bus? Connectix really presses the issue that this product needs a fast system bus. I was able to play games on my 6400 with a 240Mhz G3 upgrade but it was not close to actual PS performance :(
Info on running a DVD player through the ATI cards video in ports: An anonymous reader writes that he is unable to watch most DVD movies on his 6500 with a home DVD player attached to the video in on his ATI's TV/Tuner module. He wrote ATI about this to see if there will be any change later.
I suspect ATI did this so you could not create any QT movies from copy protected DVD's? I don't see anyway around it at the moment unless ATI disables its QT capture from the video in ports when you want to watch a DVD movie.
HD install experience from one of my readers: Anto wrote me about his experience with installing a new IDE HD in his 6500. The reason I posted it is because he notes how effortlessly it was compared to his PC friends experiences :) Thanks Anto.
PC users do not have the simplicity of copying entire application suites or even System folders from HD to HD or computer to computer without having to reinstall most of the time. The reason is due to the System Registry which tracks a lot on how certain apps react to files on your HD. Without a normal install, the registry doesn't know that new apps are even there sometimes!
Yamaha CDRW drive installed in stock CD's location: Roque writes that he was able to install a Yamaha CDRW in the stock CD's location with minimal customizing. I asked for more info and some pics if possible. Thanks Roque
Mac Equipment for sale page updated: I added a few items to the list so you might want to go check it out. I have a few of my own stuff there as well :)
Just Updated 11/3/2000
No option to select HD location for 6400's Restore CD?: Bill found that when he tried to use the 6400 Restore CD (which restores your 6400 to the factory software settings) he could not choose which HD or partition to install to? Apparently Apple must have never considered that we might install more HD's or partition the stock one. Bad Apple! Here is the info he found on how to get around this. Thanks Bill.
Reader Request for CDRW info: Al asks if there are any CDRW drives that fit in the stock location? I have yet to be able to find one but maybe one of you have? Also he is looking for a Firewire CDRW drive. I told him that todays CDRW firewire drives are really IDE drives with firewire adaptors in the case. If this is not true could you please email me the info. I'm sure others may be interested.
The 6400 Zone Archives
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 :)
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.
I use a Performa 6400/180 OS 9.0.4, Performa 6400/220 OS 9.0.4, B&W G3/350 OS 9.0.4, PowerBook G3/233 OS 9.0.4 and OSX beta, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.0.4, 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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