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Just Updated 6/7/2002
New zone6400.com domain name!: I finally bought my own domain name :) Now you can access this site from:
Isn't it about time! Plus I was able to make 3 more useful links:
I hope you will all enjoy using my new URL's :) Have fun!
iTools web site bandwidth, an answer from Apple: Here is the official response from Apple on the bandwidth limitations they imposed on their user web sites such as mine.
Well that's it. I know why I was shut down. From reading the site statistics that Don has given me, I am surprised they did not shut me down before :) But for the other users that are completely within normal usage guidelines to also be shut down seems very unreasonable! I think their limits are way to strict and Apple should rethink the limitations. I won't be going back but I would hate to see a mass exodus just because of to strict bandwidth limitations :(
USB driver issues confirmed, cause problems with Sonnets Tango cards and 5500's: Kostia sent me a reply from Sonnet that was not to encouraging about this issue? Thanks Kostia.
Some 6500 owners have also reported having spontaneous freezes for no reason. I haven't heard from other combo card owners yet so it may be limited to just the Tango card? If you own a combo card and have random freezes, try removing the USB drivers and if it helps, write me. Thanks.
Sonnet gave up on L2 G3 cards causing audio stuttering issues!: John wrote to let me know about his problems with Sonnets L2 G3 causing audio issues as many other people have found. He asked Sonnet for help and eventually they gave up and told him to return the card :( Sigh! Thanks for the info John.
Personally I do not think the issue was with the Tango card in Johns case. I believe the issue was with the ATI video card as others have mentioned. John just happened to remove both the video card and the Tango card at the same time. But it could really be the issue of Apples USB drivers being used with the Tango card causing his problem. It has mostly been 6500 owners experiencing this problem as mentioned above. Could this be the first incident of the Tango card causing issues on the 6400 as well?
Final info on the 6400's VRAM, hopefully: Daniel sent me an Apple spec PDF document that clearly states the 6400 has 1MB of VRAM soldered on the mother board. I am not sure if Daniel other statement about Apple not using main memory for VRAM on any Mac is true or not as I noticed the 6100 does not show any VRAM soldered on the mother board? But its more food for thought and unless more evidence showing that this is false can be shown, I'll have to say the 6400 does indeed have 1MB of VRAM soldered on the mother board :) Thanks Daniel
The entire PDF is to large to post but below is a picture of the 6400 page. Note the area I highlighted about the VRAM.
Here is a link to Apples site where you can download the entire PDF document. Now remember, Apple could have made a typo. But for now, this stands.
Audio recording apps: Lennie sent me some info on using a free version of ProTools on his non-G3 upgraded 6400. Thanks Lennie.
Broken SubWoofer knob adhesive: Tom sent me some info on gluing your subwoofer knob back on if it has broken off. Thanks Tom. Click here for more info on fixing the subwoofer volume knob.
Update on S-Video / Composite out card: Alec had sent me some info on this card awhile back and he finally got one. He says it works great except you must run in 640x480 at 60Hz or you won't get any display on the TV. Click here to read more about this card. 640x480 at 60Hz is the standard used for displaying a computer video signal on a TV. Todays technology in newer Macs allow for higher resolutions but you still must set the refresh to 60Hz or it will not display on the TV.
Click here to view his previous info.
Radeon 7000 in a 6400: Tom posted in the forums that he installed the ATI Radeon 7000 video card in his 6400 and it works fine. Thanks Tom. I asked if he could try running dual monitors on the card since that is one of its selling points. I'll let you know if it works when I know :)
Another CD Audio cable hack: Tom sent me some nice instructions and pictures showing his hack to make a CDROM that does not fit the 6400's special audio adaptor, work. Thanks Tom and sorry it took so long for me to post this :(
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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
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/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 10.1.3, 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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