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Just Updated 3/11/2003
Update on closeout on 6400/6500 upper bay drive kits: ProLine said is was closing its doors on Feb. 14th and will no longer be selling drive kits for older Macs. If you wanted to get a kit, this link was the place to go. Now I see a message stating that Yahoo has purchased all of ProLines remaining parts and to stay tuned! Could Yahoo possibly continue to sell their products? Looks like it but I have no idea if they will produce more or just continue to sell off what's left over? I guess we will have to "stay tuned" :)
UPDATE 3/12/2003: Walter found a link to where the products are being sold now. They are in a huge yahoo site dedicated to selling Mac parts called We love Macs! Thanks Walter!
I was looking around the 6400 section and noticed they list 128MB ram for sale? But when you read the description they do not list the 6400 in the compatible list so why even list it on the memory page? I emailed them to see if they will correct that so they don't confuse anyone.
Great price on older G3 Macs!: Ben sends word that MacResQ is selling old Beige and B&W G3 Macs at great prices. Thanks Ben.
These are great prices for people thinking about adding a lot of hardware to their 6400/6500. Personally I would go with the B&W G3 as they have the most upgradeability to stay in touch with the latest hardware offerings. About the only thing you can't get for these are AGP slot video cards.
Website showing CPU benchmark test comparisons: Another reader sent me a link to a web site that has CPU benchmarks comparing Motorola CPU's to Pentium CPU's and other mainframe CPU's. Thanks.
6400's SCSI bus is only 5MBps rated per Apple: I know most of you know this already but a few had questioned this info stating that the 6400/6500 actually had 10MBps SCSI-2. I finally found a link to a KB article (#12315) on Apples web site that clearly states the SCSI bus is only 5MBps. Fast SCSI (as well as dual SCSI buses) didn't start until the 7500 came out according to this page and that was for the internal SCSI bus only.
More browsers that use favicons: Eric mentions that Mozilla also displays favicons and works in OS9! Thanks Eric.
Quad port USB cards don't work on the 6400: A.J. wrote to tell me of his problems with a 4 port ADS USB card where only one port would work. I have heard of this issue before and thought I would finally post what is going on.
Here was my reply
I hope this helps you all decide on what type of USB card to buy. Don't get a 4 port card if you ever intend on using it in a 6400/6500. It won't work properly :(
Older ATI cards may have issues with newer ATI extensions!: Albrecht wrote with a problem he was having with his built in ATI video on a 6500 after upgrading to OS 9.2.2. It turns out that ATI's older video (Rage II based) on the 6500 is not completely compatible with newer drivers available in the latest OS? Thanks Albrecht.
I asked him to try older ATI drivers then what OS 9.2.2 installed and that seems to have done the trick!
Old Apple software updates and utilities available here: I found a link recently to Apples archives and though some of you might be interested in it :) There are all kinds of old goodies to be found there!
iPod issues with Evergreen Firewire/USB combo card in a 6400?: John writes that he is unable to get his iPod to work with his 6400 by connecting it to an Evergreen combo card. He says it works fine on his G4 system so its not the iPod. Here is what he wrote.
Later he wrote,
Earlier I had posted that another user (Gerry) was able to get an iPod to work on a 6500 running OS 8.6 but he didn't say which firewire card was used? If Gerry is reading this can you please email me with what firewire card you used. Thanks :)
UPDATE 3/12/2003: John wrote back to let me know he found a fix. He needed to revert to an older Firewire driver, version 2.3.3. Thanks John.
If anyone else is having issues with the firewire ports on the Evergreen combo card, I suggest trying this version of the drivers and please email me your results. Thanks.
Booting to a SCSI HD and using an IDE CDROM: Awhile back I had posted info on whether it was possible to replace the IDE HD with a SCSI HD and then place an IDE CDROM on the stock IDE bus. Originally one person had trouble with this setup but then one or two others wrote in to say it does work. Here is a letter from Goran who also states it works. Thanks Goran.
If you visit this link and scroll down to a posting on 7/14/2002 you will find the previous info I have on this topic.
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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 $10 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 money orders and personal checks but I won't mail out the CD till it clears. I can now accept credit cards through PayPal as well!
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.
TW Computing Business sites 11/2/2002
This page lists TW Computings Business Account holders web sites. I am placing them here on my site for two reasons. Many people visit The 6400 Zone and some of you may be interested in the products or services that these businesses deal in. Second, The 6400 Zone is visited by many web crawlers or robots that scan the internet looking for new sites. By placing links to sites hosted by TW Computing here, I can help them increase their chance of getting listed on most popular search engines. I figure that's the least I can do since I own TW Computing and it hosts The 6400 Zone :)
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 other 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 9.2.2, two B&W G4/500's OS 10.2.2 Server, iBook Dual USB OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.2.2, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.1, Dual G4 800 OS 9.2.2/OSX 10.2.2, 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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