Just Updated 12/2/2000
Sonnet price cuts: Sonnet cuts the price on many of their G3 upgrades. Below are the ones that affect us :) Note the 400Mhz card is for the 6400/6500 family and the other 2 are for the 4400/Starmax family.
Sonnet offers rebate to Tango card / G3 purchases: Here is some info on rebates Sonnet is giving if you buy both a Tango Firewire/USB card and a G3 upgrade.
More on Yamaha's CDRW drive installation: Roque sent me some info earlier on installing a Yamaha CDRW8428SZ CDRW drive in the stock location. I added his info to my CD/DVD drive info page and also posted a pic of the drive installed on my FrankenMac page.
I am really lacking on info about which CD, CDR, CDRW, DVD drives work in a 6400/6500. If anyone has installed one of these drives internally, could you please write up a little review on how well it works and fit? I would greatly appreciate this! Please include drive type and model number, where internally you installed it, was any modification needed to the covers or cables, etc.
Possible solution for iMovie reporting your HD is too slow: I found this on MacFixIt.
They also noted that a Powerbook (firewire) user noted replacing a 20G IBM drive with another brand fixed his issue. So just having a fast drive might not be the solution for some?
TIL on Apples iMovie default export settings. For those of you that have used iMovie, you will appreciate this info. It tells you the compression settings used for each of Apples default export settings. Thanks Apple :)
Anyone interested in splitting cost of Subwoofer knobs?: Howard would like to buy a subwoofer knob to replace his broken knob but wants to split the cost with someone else who also needs one. Please email him if your interested. Thanks.
Sonnet Tango Firewire/USB combo cards work in a 6400!: Previously it was mentioned that OrangeMicros firewire/USB combo card needed to much current from the PCI bus that the 6400 could not supply it well enough. Shigeki writes that Sonnets new Tango card does not have this problem. Thanks Shigeki.
The 6410 is a model that was not shipped in the US. It was for export only but is the same as a 6400.
More Long PCI cards fit in the 6400: Tony saw Tiongs article on the Voodoo5 install which requires some mod to be made to get the long Voodoo5 to fit. This showed him how to install Oranges PCfx card in his 6400. The PCfx card was sold by OrangeMicro while back as a gaming card which allowed you to play high paced PC 3D games on your Mac. Basically it is a PC card with I think a Voodoo2 video chip? It is a very long card and Tony was able to make it fit. Thanks Tony.
Sonnet Upgraded Powerbase minitower: Frank did some research in trying to upgrade his Powerbase minitower and noted that none of Sonnets ads ever mention the minitower version as being compatible. They do note the desktop version several times which might lead some to think the cards won't fit in the minitower? Well He bought a 400Mhz L2 G3 and it fit perfectly and he is now a happy camper :) Thanks for the info Frank. Also note his attempt at running a 45Mhz bus speed!
Is a G3 needed when using Wireds 4DVD card on our 6400's?: Alex asks if it is really necessary to buy a G3 upgrade to play DVDs on a 6400? Wireds 4DVD card is a hardware MPEG2 decoder card so the CPU is not used to much for played a movie. The card is daisy chained with your video out cable so it does not pass video data back through the bus to display it. But is the 6400's bus speed fast enough to get the data from the DVD drive to the MPEG card? A G3 might help but is it still good enough on our 6400's? A 6500 won't have as much trouble since it has a 50Mhz bus. Could anyone with Wireds 4DVD card please send some info on this topic? Thanks.
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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