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Just Updated 3/23/2002
This is for Daniel J. B. Please remove me from your email list or scan your computer for viruses! I get 5 or so emails from you a week that have viruses in them and the email looks like a fake one sent to me? I try to reply but my messages are always bounced. So please remove me. I have already setup a mail rule to delete all your emails but I would rather you fix the problem on your end. Thanks.
Possible Floppy drive fix for OS 9 with USB drivers installed: Chris informed me that he is running OS 9.1 with an SIIG USB card and his floppy drive works fine. He has installed carbon library 1.5 which is available via the software update control panel and the old 5xxx/6xxx floppy fix that was designed for OS 7.6 if I remember right. I tried both on my 6400 without a USB card installed and my floppy still doesn't work so I think my floppy is just dead? If any of you try these and it fixes your drive, I would like to hear from you.
DVD burner format info: I like many of you have tried to figure out which format for burning DVD's is a good choice to go with. Well here is a web site that has info on each of the different formats currently available for burning DVD's and explains what makes each format good or bad.
OS 9.2.x and Newer's L2 G3, will they work together?: Chris wrote to ask if anyone has info on whether this combination works. If I remember, Newer's card stopped working with OS 9.0? If anyone has tried these together and got them to work, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.
603e CPU heat sink not flat on the chip?: A reader wrote to let me know that when he was working on clocking his CPU, he noticed that the heatsink was not flat but concave. This will cause it to not sit flat on the CPU to cool it efficiently. He swapped it out for a PC heatsink. Thanks for the info. I would be interested to hear from anyone else that has noticed this with their CPU's heatsink. If true, his suggestion to flatten it or replace with a better one is a good idea when clocking your CPU.
OrangeLink Firewire/USB2 PCI card in a 6400: Kev is the first person to send me info on using USB2 on a 6400 and in a combo card as well. Thanks Kev. He says its working fine.
Initially he did not say that he had a 6400 so I assumed he had a 6500 because he installed the patch. He later wrote to say he did have a 6400.
He notes that there are no stuttering issues with the USB drivers installed. I wonder if the patch fixed this even though its not needed on a 6400? I would like to hear from anyone trying the patch made for the 6500 but on your 6400 and if it helps with any issues you have? Thanks.
Another fix for issues that G3 upgrades cause with our Macs: Ron sent word that he had many crashes with his Sonnet G3 upgrade until he installed PowerLogix's Cache Profiler. Thanks Ron.
I know that Cache Profiler leaves speculative addressing off and has cache write through enabled. Speculative addressing off is a good thing as that has been known to cause issues with older Macs and I noted in the past to install some software such as this to turn it off, but cache write through being off slows your CPU down as data is just passed through the cache as if it were not there. Turning write through off should speed up the CPU as it enables the backside cache to do what it was supposed to do, cache data to be retrieved faster without going to main memory. Here is his reply.
I am sure that cache write through is not enabled with Sonnets software but I am unsure as to whether speculative address is disabled or not with their software? This might fix issues that some of you may be having. If you install this and it helps, please write me. Thanks.
Tango card cause 6500 to crash when printing: Rod sends word that his 6500 will crash is the USB drivers are installed and he tries to print. Here is more of his info. If anyone has issues similar to this, please write me. Thanks.
Update on UltraTek66 card hack to make it work in our Macs: Andreas wrote back with more info on his hack to make his UltraTek66 IDE card work in his Mac. Thanks Andreas.
I am not sure if the oscillators with part numbers DIL16 or DIL8 are the correct 66Mhz oscillator so make sure it is if you plan on ordering one. If anyone else tries this and it works, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.
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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 personal checks but I won't mail out the CD till it clears.
Please include your shipping address and email so I can let you know the CD is on its way.
amazon.com, books and more 7/2/98
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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 with ASIP 6.3.2, B&W G3/350 OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.1.3, 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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