|The 6400 Zone
Just Updated 6/23/2001
I'm Back :) I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial weekend? I sure have. We took a trip to CA to visit relatives and travel up the coast. During this trip I was able to talk my wife into visiting the Apple Store in the Glendale Galleria and Apples Headquarters in Cupertino! Unfortunately only the Glendale trip turned out full filling as we ended up at Cupertino on a Sunday and they where closed :( I guess we'll have to go back some other time :) Here are a few pics from the outside of Apples Headquarters.
We also visited Catalina Island for a few days. Went to the Monteray Bay Aquarium. Ate lunch on Pier 39 in San Francisco. And road the Skunk Train from Willits CA to Fort Bragg. It was quite a trip as you can see.
The major downside (to me maybe, but not my wife) was that my dialup connection only allowed me to download email and not answer any? I am using Apples mac.com service to receive and send some of my email but sending always failed? It worked fine once I got home on my cable network though. Strange?
Another 6400 owner cuts his own upper bay bezel for a CDROM: Marco sent me some pics of his attempt to cut the bezel of the upper bay to accommodate a CDROM. Thanks Marco. His job was much better then mine :) It just takes some patients.
Newer Tech drivers available from OWC: Tom sent me a link to OWC's site where they have duplicated. Thanks Tom.
The 6400 Zone Equipment for sale site rules: I have noticed that a lot of people are leaving replies to posts telling the seller that they are interested in the product for sale. I would like to discourage this habit and rather you would email the sellers (or people asking for equipment) instead. This way the other party gets your response ASAP and you can settle your transaction must faster. It also keeps the page list from getting very big and hard to read being filled with a bunch of replies.
I intended the reply section to be used mainly for the people to tell us what items have sold or are no longer needed so that no one else asks. Or if a poster is not responding to emails then to leave a reply telling the rest of us that this person is not responding to emails and may not have the item anymore? If you just leave a reply and do not email the seller then you may get put behind the line of others that do email. I do not expect or request sellers to keep coming back to see if anyone has replied. That is to much work I think.
One last thing, if you have a technical question, please leave those kinds of posts on my Forums site. They will get answered faster and also not take up space on the equipment page. Thanks :)
IBM 18ES SCSI HD issues on the Mac: In the past I had reported on an issue where this IBM drive would not work on a Mac and that you had to remove or cut out pin #25 on the SCSI cable or on the drive to make it work. Dave suggests a better method that does not alter your 6400 or new IBM drive. Thanks Dave.
In response to corry's answer on the subwoofer deal: Joey sent me some info on why the 6400's subwoofer base response is reduced when 3D surround sound is activated. Thanks Joey.
Copying to a USB HD on a 6400 not working?: Marco is having problems copying data to his USB HD from his 6400 using a keyspan USB PCI card. The USB HD used to be his IDE internal HD that he placed in an IDE to USB external case. If anyone is having similar issues, please email me. Thanks.
This problems sounds very close to the floppy drive issue when a USB card is installed on our 6400's? I wonder if they are related?
OSX on unsupported Macs installer: Here is a link to a site with info on an installer that will allow OSX to run on unsupported Macs. It does not list the 6400 as it is made for 604e systems. But it makes installing OSX so much easier on these systems! Please email me if any of you try this on your 6400/6500. Thanks
iMic from Griffin does not work on a 6400/6500: Ralph sent me info that he tried Griffins iMic (a product that gives USB only Macs a mic input) on his 6500 and it didn't work. Then he read their FAQs and found that it only works on Macs with built in USB ports. At least we have a real audio in jack. Thanks Ralph.
ATI Radeon cards prevents ethernet card from working. Swapping PCI slot locations may be the fix?: Robert sends word that once he installed an ATI Radeon card in his 6400 then his Asante ethernet card stopped working? He was able to swap the PCI slot locations and then it worked again but maybe not for all? Thanks for the info Robert.
iBook for my wife has been changed: Well it has been a month since we ordered her CDRW iBook and still no word on when or if they will ship? We decided to change the order to the DVD/CDRW combo drive and was able to pick it up last week! It is just as good as mine but she also has CDRW capability and the Toshiba HD in hers is much quieter then my IBM HD. Kind of makes me wish I got the same combo drive version my self :) Anyway she is very happy with it and that is what counts.
OSX 10.0.4 released: Apple just released OSX 10.0.4 update and its available through the software update app in OSX. It fixes many little issues for OSX including the wake from sleep crash on these new iBooks when classic was started in OSX. I can now put my iBook to sleep and it wakes up just fine. Previously it seemed to not even go to sleep as the sleep indicator would not even light up if classic had been running?
Epson Stylus Photo 780 USB printer on a 6400: I just bought a new inkjet from Epson. The Epson Stylus Photo 780 and connected it to my SIIG USB card. I sold our older Epson 700 to my wifes cousin as they have a 6100 and wanted to get a printer. Well no one makes Mac serial printers anymore so I sold them ours and upgraded to the 780. It is a little quieter then the older 700 but not as silent as their business models in the 8xx and 9xx numbered range. Those new printers a near silent! Anyway the DPI has been raised from 1440x720 to 2880x720! That is twice the DPI in the horizontal direction. Also the drivers that come with this printer have Epsons AppleTalk printer sharing built in. Unlike the Epson 700 where I had to use a Hacked set of drivers, this one works out of the box.
A few notes that make this an even bigger deal than it seems. The instructions and online info all state it is for Macs with built in USB ports only, yet it runs just fine on my 6400 with the USB PCI card. Also, Apples USB Printer Sharing software also states its for built in USB ports only and it works just fine. I wanted to use Apples printer sharing software because it uses TCP/IP instead of Apple Talk so its not only faster but I can leave Apple Talk inactive on our iBooks which is nice because Apple Talk really drains the batteries! Now everything that wasn't supposed to work is :) You can read more info on the Epson 780 from their web site.
Dual USB cards in a 6400: Since I added the USB printer I had run out of USB slots on my ADS USB card on my server. Since I am no longer using the other 6400, I decided to remove its SIIG USB card and place it in the server to save money on buying a USB hub. The 2 cards work great together with Apples software. No need to install any other software once you have one card up and running. Apple System Profiler shows 2 separate USB busses now. USB 0 and USB 1.
And just so you know I have both USB cards in my PCI chassis along with an Adaptec 2930u SCSI card.
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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.
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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 6400/180 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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