|The 6400 Zone
Just Updated 7/21/2001
Report from MacWorld Expo by Ralph: Ralph sends me his thoughts and observations from this years MacWorld Expo NY. Thanks Ralph. It is rather long so I did not post it on my home page. Click here to view his report.
More info on the Geo modem drivers posted in my last update: I tried the drivers myself and found that only one is different then the extensions installed by Apples Telecom 3.1.3 software. It was the Express Modem control panel without the asterisk in the name. It is version 3.5 and is newer then the one installed by Apple installer. It can be opened in OS 9.1 but does it really work? I was able to make changes like to turn off auto answer but those settings never stuck. I don't remember if just closing and reopening the control panel reverted the choice I made but on a reboot the defaults were all selected again. So I am not sure if this new control panel is doing anything? I still welcome info from any of my readers that may have tried them. Thanks.
Sonnet releases update to Crescendo: Sonnet just released the 1.4.6 update to their Crescendo extension for their G3/G4 upgrades. I don't know exactly what all this fixes but it is mainly for the G4 Altivec issues they had. If this helps or breaks anyones L2 G3, please email me. Thanks
6400 motherboard over clocked!: McKinney sends word on his experiences on over clocking his 6400's motherboard.
And later he sent this
This is one reason why clocking any component on your computer should always be considered as taking a risk and you could permanently ruin your system. As always, clock at your own risk!
Temperatures of 400Mhz L2 G3 upgrades?: Bryan would like to know what the average temp of 400 Mhz upgrades are running at. I wasn't able to test any of these so if any of you could email me this info, I would greatly appreciate it :)
More on USB printers being slower then serial printers: Richard sends word that he noticed slower printing with his new USB printer also. Click here for more info on this.
It is hard to judge to different printer brands and the HP he bought is a low end consumer version (the Epson 500 is to I think) so printing is not meant to be fast on these. I still welcome more reports on this topic, Thanks :)
Pencam drivers for the Mac: Clark sent me a link for Mac drivers for a type of digital camera called the pencam. Basically it is a camera in a fat pen shape. Thanks Clark.
Apple Video Player issue under OS 9.x fixed: Greg sends word that with help from others on this site, he was able to isolate the problem to the ATI drivers he had. He deleted them and reinstalled from the CD and now his APV sees the TV tuner just fine.
I believe the issue with the sound reverting to "none" has been an issue since OS 8.5 or maybe even 8.1 but is has not been fixed since then. If you use the Sound control panel or the input source control strip to change the source to the TV before launching the AVP, all works fine.
Possible fix for audio skipping while using SoundJam: Marcus writes that he found a fix for audio skipping while using SoundJam. Thanks Marcus. I don't know if this will help if you have an ATI Rage128 card with a G3 upgrade as that combination also causes audio skipping.
Issues with OS 9.1 and Apples COMM II ethernet card: Victor writes that he was unable to connect to his DSL provider with his 6400 running OS 9.1 and an Apple COMM II ethernet card. He reverted to OS 8.5 and it works fine? Anyone else have an issue like this? Is Apples COMM II ethernet card compatible with OS 9.1?
Font issues can cause the worst disasters!: Howard writes with a tale of "The Corrupted Font that caused a Blinking ?" and what all it took him to track it down. Thanks Howard.
Corrupted fonts can be a real pain as they are the last thing you would ever consider checking and OS 8.6 actually caused fonts to become corrupted! Click here for more on this and for info on font fixers or corrupted font identifiers. Hopefully with this info, none of you will have a font story to tell :)
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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
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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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