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Just Updated 5/19/2001

Next update may not be until next month?: I am going to be taking some time off this month to visit family and friends so I may not get the next update ready in time? I will be back in business by next month though :) Thanks for being patient.

Mac OSX 10.0.3 released: This release has more performance enhancements and bug fixes. OSX 10.0.3 is available from Apples web site and the OSX Software Update application.

It doesn't update much and most people only notice some speed improvement. But that is saying a lot for OSX :) It hasn't changed any of the issues I noticed?

OSX on the 6400: It is still not possible to install OSX on the 6400 but there are several people out there working on it right now! I have been receiving email from some of them and they are working hard to get it running. Thanks guys!!! At the moment, there is a lack of ATA bus support for the 6400 so the internal HD won't work. There is also something still causing open firmware to lockup? Lets all just keep our fingers crossed :)

Update on getting full range audio from the rear audio jack: A few people wrote to say that they to have full range audio from the rear jack as well as the internal subwoofer playing. I think Corry has the answer. Thanks guys.

[Hi, first of all I would like to thank you for your wonderful site! I have found many things there that I don't think I would have found otherwise.

Anyways, I read your latest update and noticed the letter from the guy about him having full range audio from his rear jack with the sub on. This has always been the case for me as well, and I have a theory of what is going on here. I think that the 6400 can work both ways, with the sub cutting out frequencies and not cutting them out. I think the key lies in the 3d surround option in the sound control panel (sound and monitors in system 7.5.3-7.6). I have that unchecked and have the computer hooked up to the aux. input of a nice all-in-one mini system stereo from the rear jack of my 6400. I have the sub turned all the way down from the control on the back of the box, as I don't need it, my stereo has plenty of bass. I do notice quite a drop off in bass however if I activate the 3d surround option on the control panel. Hope this helps.

My configuration: 6400/180, Sonnet L2G3/300/1mb (overclocked to 320), OS 9.1, Quicktime 4.1.2

Oh, I was also wondering if anyone might have tried out Quicktime 5? Just wondering what the difference is. Is the player still ugly? Can you at least watch full screen? etc...

Thanks, Corry]

Rebates on your old L2 cache when purchasing a G3 upgrade from OtherWorld Computing: I found this link to OWC's web site where they are giving rebates to people who purchase G3 upgrades. They also have rebates for L2 G3 upgrades when turning in your old L2 cache. Very cool :)

New iBooks are awesome!: I couldn't resist and we bought 2 of these iBooks :) We bought them from Re-Mac of Mesa AZ. They had the DVD version in stock but not the CDRW version which is the other one we wanted? So its on order right now. Also bought 2 Airport cards and an Airport Base Station and one 128M SODIMM.

Got the DVD model all setup with the 128M SODIMM and airport card and all is great! I only had one problem and that was setting up the Airport Base Station? For some reason the setup assistant kept complaining that the base station I selected was not responding? After resetting the base station and running the manual config utility several times, I finally got it set up. This iBook is everything I had wanted in a note book computer except for dual displays (not mirrored), and a better video chip. Since there is not a better video chip out in mass production just yet, I didn't want to wait :) I know the mobile Radeon and Nvidis2Go are almost ready for prime time but not for Apple :(

IBM Ultrastar 18ES Hard Drives need to be hacked to work on the 6400!: From time to time I get email from users having trouble installing one of these SCSI HD's in their 6400. These drives come in 9.1G and 18G sizes from IBM. They have a problem where they send a signal out pin #25 on the SCSI cable that should not be there? The fix is to remove pin #25 or cut the wire on the SCSI cable that corresponds to pin #25. This is not easy for most so I strongly suggest that you stay away from these drives! By the way, the 6400 may not be the only computer affected by this problem according to IBM! Click here for more info on the subject.

That's all I got for this update. News was kind of light the past week or so.

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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 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.

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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 zone6400@mac.com 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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