|The 6400 Zone
Just Updated 5/5/2001
Mac OSX 10.0.2 released: This release has more performance enhancements and bug fixes, plus it adds the ability to burn CDRW's with iTunes finally! (iTunes 1.1.1 for OSX is required for burning CD's) Both OSX 10.0.2 and iTunes 1.1.1 are available from Apples web site, the OSX Software Update application, or the software folder in your iDisk. Apple is making good on their word to add the features that are missing from OSX that we have come accustomed to in OS9. I hear Labels are on the way as well :)
I installed both and I don't really notice much of a difference but as I said before, most of the apps I use are classic compatible only and I don't have a CDRW on my B&W G3 to test burning, but I hear it is working great! There is a new problem I am having that seemed to start with 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 did not fix? That is now when I boot, I don't know if I will be in OSX or OS9? It seems my B&W is not holding the startup disk settings anymore and reverts to OS9 for some reason? Not much of a problem since I still prefer OS9 for most of my work but when the time comes to stay in OSX, I hope it works!
New iBook!: Apple had a press announcement yesterday and they show off a new iBook that will be available in a few weeks. It looks like baby TiPB but with a punch. This is the fist Mac to include a DVD/CDRW combo drive which means the TiPB should be getting an update shortly. Can't have the consumer version out perform the pro version no can we :)
If this iBook functions as planned it should be another best seller for Apple. The power and looks of the TiPB (except for a G3 instead of a G4) and the ruggedness of the old iBook. I almost want one of these instead of the TiPB now :) Since the 12.1" screen has been increased from 800x600 to 1024x768, it has the same resolution that I am used to on my PB G3. Hopefully you won't have to squint much to see it though. It will also finally remove the PB 2400c as the favorite subnote book for Apple PB users. The 2400c has had a place in a lot of travelers hearts as it was pretty powerful and small for an Apple PB. Although the iBook is slightly heavier by 1/2 lb. and about 1" larger, the other features far out weigh those specs. I mean the 2400c didn't even have a CDROM drive!
Issues with Sonnet G3 upgrades: Tim sends word that you should be carefull when ordering a Sonnet L2 G3 upgrade as you might be sent the wrong version!
Here is a reply Sonnet sent Tim on the issue.
Below are the part numbers that are compatible with each Mac.
Notice how the 4400 and 7220 are listed in both sections? Sonnet has designed their card that works on the 6400 to also work on the 4400. But the same is not true the other way around. The cards for the 4400 only will not work on the 6400. Now is that confusing or what?
More router info from John: John sent me some good info on which router worked best for using video conferencing software. He just sent me some info on why certain routers may work better then others. Thanks John. Click hear to read his letter as it was rather long.
Video compression time tests: Marc sent me a lot of info on his tests using different means of compressing video on his 6500/300. Thanks Marc. Click here to read his letter.
Full range audio from the rear jack as well as the internal subwoofer working?: I received a letter from Stephen who says his 6400 produces full range (highs, mids, and lows) from the rear jack? If anyone can prove this, I would greatly appreciate it. Below is his letter with my reply.
OS9 iTunes visual plugins: Below are 2 links to sites that have created visual plugins to Apples iTunes. They only work on the OS 9.1 version or iTunes at the moment since Apple has not released a developer kit for the OSX version yet.
FW/USB combo card working in 6400/G3: VRic sends word that the Evergreen Firewire/USB combo card works in his 6400. Thanks VRic.
6500/250 IDE benchmark results: Smartkid88 sent me some test results he made while comparing a 2 drive SCSI RAID setup in his 6500 to the stock 4G IDE drive. Thanks Smartkid88.
His results are about what I got on my 6400 with the stock 1.2G IDE HD and my Micropolis 7200 RPM SCSI HD. The results are slightly higher then mine but not what I would hope for in a RAID system :( The SCSI bus on the 6400/6500 is just to slow!
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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 $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 :) 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
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.
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 6400/180 OS 9.0.4 and ASIP 6.3.2, Performa 6400/220 OS 9.0.4, B&W G3/350 OS 9.1 / OSX, PowerBook G3/233 OS 9.1, 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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