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Just Updated 7/14/2002
My new hosting company, me!: Well now that I am on my new server, I can tell you about my new business. I am starting a web hosting company named TW Computing. The link is www.twcomputing.com. There is also an ad in the side bar.
The server is up and running and I am just waiting for my business license to go through before I can start accepting orders. Our service is geared toward personal and small business web site hosting. So if you know anyone interested in having a web site hosted that will be banner ad and pop ad free, please send them my way. Thanks :)
New features to my site: Now that I am on my own server, I can add a few features that I want to try. At the bottom of this page is a counter that I lost since I left AOL's service. Now its back, and its my own!
Shopping Cart - I implemented a shopping cart for ordering my archive CD's. You won't have to email me anymore. Sorry but I still only accept checks and money orders :( Soon I should be able to accept credit cards since I will have to get that service for my business!
Sherlock search engine - OSX Server has a built in website search feature that uses Sherlock. Its pretty plain but does the job. Try it below and tell me what you think?
I still need to add form handlers and maybe a few other cgi scripts that I can find but I am mostly finished setting up the server.
6400 IDE PCI card install instructions: I just added the IDE PCI card install instructions to my online manual. Click here to go check it out.
Issue with IDE CDROM on internal IDE bus: Will would like to know if anyone has tried to replace the IDE HD with an IDE CDROM and then install a SCSI HD in the upper bay and have everything work? It seems the CDROM causes problems being on the IDE bus. Please email me if you have any ideas for Will. Thanks.
Booting from a SCSI drive is not to uncommon so there must be an issue with CDROM drives on the stock IDE bus? I am just guessing here but I think the problem is that the internal IDE bus may not be compatible with removable drives such as a CDROM? I say this because I remember there being similar issues with the first IDE PCI cards for Macs where removable drives would not work. It took a few revisions or firmware updates to make these cards work with CDROM drives. Maybe the IDE controller Apples used on the 6400 just doesn't support removable drives. This could explain why it works when a bootable CD is in the drive at boot time but it won't work other times. Bootable CD's have their own drivers on the CD so the computer can use that instead of loading one from the system folder.
Booting from a SCSI HD may cure some audio stuttering issues?: Jose wrote to say that he tried a suggestion that was posted on this site about booting to a SCSI HD instead of the IDE HD to fix audio stuttering issues. He tried this on a Beige G3 which was giving him problems and says it worked great! Thanks for the info Jose.
So for those of you that have access to a SCSI HD and have audio stuttering issues, you may want to give this a try.
XPostFacto (OS X on Legacy Macs) v2.2b9 Update: This is a program that helps install OSX on older Macs that are not supposed to be OSX compatible. This latest update adds some support for our Macs. Here is a clipping from the read me.
Now don't all go out and try it right away! Not having SCSI support means you cannot install OSX from your CDROM drive. So unless you have another way to get the OSX install CD to run on your 6400/6500, I would not try this. Some suggestions that might work would be USB or firewire based CDROM drives. Even an IDE CDROM on a PCI IDE card might work?
More updates regarding my Evergreen Firewire/USB Combo Card: John wrote with some more info on his experience with the Evergreen combo card in his 6400. Thanks John.
6400 with Apple TV/FM installed on OS 9.1 and 9.2.1: Will is unable to change preferences on his Apple TV/FM system while running OS 9.1 and higher. Has anyone else had this problem or does anyone have a fix? Please email me with your comments. Thanks.
Just Updated 7/2/2002
Welcome to my server :) I am now hosting my own web site. If you are still using http://188.8.131.52/zone6400/index.html to access my site then please update your book marks to www.zone6400.com.
I want to thank Don very much for hosting my site when Apple shut me down! Thanks Don! I as well as all 6400 Zone visitors greatly appreciate your help in this matter.
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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 money orders and personal checks but I won't mail out the CD till it clears.
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 email@example.com and I will check it out.
I use a Performa 6400/Vimage G3/320 OS 9.1, B&W G4/500 OS 9.2.1 with ASIP 6.3.3, B&W G4/500 OSX server 10.1.4, iBook Dual USB OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.1.5, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.1, Dual G4 800 OS 9.2.2/OSX 10.1.5, 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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