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Just Updated 2/9/2002
TSMacs (Tech Support for Macs): Tannager is the host of a new Mac help site named TSMacs. Here is a little snippet from their web site that says what they are all about.
I will have this posted in my Forums section on the homepage side bar as well as my Help page for future reference. Thanks Tannager!
Just Update 2/8/2002
Sonnet discontinued work on OSX support for L2 G3 upgraded Macs!: Here is a link to Sonnets news that states they will no longer try to get OSX supported on L2 G3 upgraded Macs due to many issues with the mother boards and OSX itself. This is sad news but it what I have been saying to some of my visitors all along. In my experience on a B&W G3 400Mhz and an iBook DUAL USB 500Mhz system, OSX is pretty sluggish and requires lots of memory. The 6400 or 6500 really can't handle OSX even if it was to work. I think any Mac under a G4 with less then 256M of ram would be doing OSX an injustice. I will still post any info I find on getting OSX working on our Macs but in the event it does, I would not hold your breath for any kind of usability.
Sonnets response to the issue on CPU's being marked differently then what they tell you: Here is a link to Sonnets info on why they are selling CPU's with lower or higher MHz readings then what their packaging states. Basically they state a few different reasons why this may be the case.
IBM (post found on Accelerate Your Macs web site) has mentioned that this practice is known to exist and did not say its bad in anyway. They did not say its perfectly fine either. They only mentioned that its a practice that has been going on for some time and as long as Sonnet or any other company doing this keeps the temps in a stable range, then the CPU's should run fine for a long time. They do have a 3 year warranty so they must trust their products somewhat :)
Sonnet clocker on a UMAX Apus 3000/200: Bleck writes that he was able to get his Sonnet 240Mhz card up to 300 using the Sonnet clocker on a UMAX Apus 3000/200 system. Thanks Bleck. I posted this just so other UMAX owners know it works.
Sonnet clocker has been updated to v1.3.2: Click here to download it. This version adds-
I would like to thank another anonymous author for this update :) It doesn't add compatibility with more systems but cleans up the user experience using it. If you use this, please let me know how it goes.
Overclocked mother board may have killed this users 6400?: HB McKinney sends word that his 6400 died and he believes that overclocking the mother board may have done it! Whether that is the cause or not, overclocking anything is always a risk and this could happen to you. Thanks HB McKinney.
The Geo modem lives! in the new DUAL USB iBooks?: I found this posting on MacFixIt's web site. Looks like Apple is at it again :(
Don't they ever learn! I sure hope this is for the 2002 iBooks and not the 2001 DUAL USB iBooks like I have. Even still, they should just drop that technology or lack of technology. Sigh!
Sonnet tango card having issues with some 5500 Macs!: Konstantin is having trouble with a Sonnet tango card installed in a 5500. Below is his info.
This is the first issue on a tango card not working properly in a 5500. Its possible that the iMovie issues are also related to the card in general not working properly? If you have seen this problem then please email me. Thanks
PC card support software available for free!: Discovery Software makes PCSetup software that allows Apples PC compatibility cards work in newer OS's. Previously you had to stay with OS 8.1 or older to use your PC card but not anymore. If anyone tries these, I would like to know how they work. Thanks.
Voodoo5 user info from Daniel: Daniel posted some great info on his experience with the Voodoo5 card in a 6360! Thanks Daniel.
Making bootable CD's with Toast: Tom sent me a PDF document that has some very good info on making a bootable CD using Toast Titanium. The info should work on older versions as well but the options may be in different locations. Thanks Tom.
Express modem control panel won't open in OS 9.1 even while holding the Control-Command key trick: Carl was unable to open his Express modem control panel using the keyboard trick for older control panel items. I should say that I to cannot open my Express modem control panel in OS 9.1. Carls work around is to install an older OS that is compatible and then make your settings there. Once complete, you can move the pref file to the OS 9.1 system folder and the settings will stick. Thanks Carl.
Internet Explorer 5.1 on the 6400 feedback: I got a big response from people about my last post requesting user feedback on Microsofts latest browser. Let me tell you, I have used IE on both platforms and it amazes me how MS can make a product better for the Mac then they can for the PC! Only one person said it crashed on their system but other then that, its all positive. Below are a few emails I received. Thanks to all that replied :)
OS 9.2.1 may fix floppy issue with USB cards?: Will said his floppy drive is working great under OS 9.2.1 where it would fail in OS 9.1. I asked if he had a USB card installed and he said yes! Could OS 9.2.1 fix the floppy issue with USB cards? I would love to hear from more people using OS 9.2.1 with USB cards installed. Thanks Will.
He later said he also has Carbon Lib 1.5 installed. This is not available yet with any OS but you can get it from Apple Developer pages. Here is a direct link to it. Maybe this is all that is needed?
Another 6500 CPU fan upgrade story: Jim found another source for the 6500's stock CPU fan. His info is below. Thanks Jim. Click here for more info on replacing the power supply fan or the CPU fan.
Update on CDROM audio coming from the drive bus rather then the audio cable: Richard did some tests to prove my hypothesis that CD audio now comes from the SCSI bus (or IDE bus on IDE attached CDROMS) instead of the audio cable. He was using OS 9.1. Thanks Richard.
Well it appears that I was correct in that CD Audio is now routed through the drives interface bus instead of the audio cable. This means if you are running OS 9 and iTunes, you no longer need to worry about whether the audio cable will attach to any third party CDROM drive. But the reason I had asked is because I think this may be yet another cause of audio stuttering. If the audio is passed through the bus to be processed by the CPU then this is another bit of data dragging the CPU down :(
Audio recording software: Speaking of audio, I found this site the other day that has a simple audio recording app called Coaster for download. Its free so go ahead and give it a try :)
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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 US which includes shipping, 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 :) I will accept personal checks but I won't mail out the CD till it clears.
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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 every 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will check it out.
I use a Performa 6400/Vimage G3/320 OS 9.1, Beige G3/266 OS 9.0.4 and ASIP 6.3.2, B&W G3/350 OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.1.1, iBook Dual USB OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.1, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.1, and a PowerBook DUO 270c OS 7.5.5. If I encounter any problems, I will post them for all to read and respond to. Likewise, 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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