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Just Updated 8/5/2002

Dot Mac!: Well I hope you have all heard about Apples new Dot Mac (.Mac) plan. iTools was replaced by this. It's Apples version of Microsofts .Net plan. Apple will no longer be giving out free email and web space to people :( it will now cost $99 a year! This has many Mac users very angry with Apple at the moment. It was assumed that the email address and iDisk services would be free for life? Apple never actually said that but you sure thought they meant it. iTools is even listed as a feature on the OSX retail box! Doesn't that mean I paid for it already?

I have read much backlash towards Apple due to this and it's going to take some time for things to settle down :( It's to bad Apple didn't at least offer a reduced plan for email only accounts.

My new email address: Since Apple decided to charge for email, I had to make a decision on how I was going to get email for this web site. I could have paid Apple $49 for the first year and then $99 after that to keep the, but I really didn't want to pay for email only. Specially at that price! So I figured out how to host my own mail server since I have the software already. Now I have a new address. It is Please replace my email with this new one because after September, my address will no longer function :(

Its going to take me some time to change this link on all of my sites pages so please be patient in the transition. I will be forwarding the to my new address so I won't miss anybody :)

I will lose the auto replies also :( OSX Server does not have this feature and until I can figure out how to make one, I will just have to do without.

Sherlock search engine: Has anyone tried the new search feature using the Sherlock engine? I was wondering what you thought about it compared to the search engine I have been using for some time now from You can test the Sherlock engine again by using the entry form below. Please email me your thoughts on this. Thanks.

Sonnet Announced Temp Trio, a three-in-one card!: This is probably old news for some but at the last MacWorld Expo, Sonnet announced a three-in-one PCI card that has USB2, firewire, and ATA/133 ports! This is big news as this finally gives Mac users with limited PCI slots the ability to upgrade to all the latest ports with just one PCI card. Their press release is below.

[For Release: July 17, 2002

For more information, please contact:
Joy Hsu


NEW YORK: July 17, 2002. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh® computers, announces the new Tempo Trio, a PCI card that combines ATA/133 with FireWire® and the latest USB 2.0 ports. This product is ideal for machines with limited open PCI slots, as one single card adds functionality that previously required up to three separate cards. The Tempo Trio's state-of-the-art ATA and USB interfaces surpass even those found on the latest G4 systems shipped by Apple, and also support all previous ATA and USB standards to maximize performance and compatibility. Sonnet's latest solution brings legacy Macs up-to-speed with the digital hub era, and moves current models a step into the future. The Tempo Trio requires a simple one-time installation into a single PCI slot, and is compatible with OS 9.x and OS X.

Included with the Tempo Trio is the Tempo AV Tool, first introduced with the Tempo ATA100. This special software solution facilitates superior audio and video file playback results on older Mac® models, enabling the user to select optimal drive performance with a simple mouse click, without restarting the system.

„The Tempo Trio fits well with our overall strategy to support users machines as ŒDigital Hubs,‰ states Robert Farnsworth, President and CEO of Sonnet. „Users of many earlier Macintosh systems can load and use OS X, yet still be unable to enjoy the benefits iMovie or the iPod. Tempo Trio delivers this compatibility with all the required modern connections, on one card and for one low price.‰

Tempo Trio specifically offers:

- Two USB 2.0 ports, the newest high-speed interface for the latest in USB products. The USB ports are also backwards-compatible with USB 1.1 products. Under OS 9, USB will operate at 1.1 speeds.
- Two FireWire ports, the Macintosh standard high-speed interface for FireWire products.
- Two ATA/133 connectors, supporting the installation of up to 4 drives.

Tempo Trio is compatible with the following models:

- Power Macintosh Series 72xx, 7300, 7500, 7600, 8200, 85xx, 95xx, 9600
- Power Macintosh G3 All-in-one, Blue & White, Desktop, Minitower, Server
- Power Macintosh G4 (all models except Cube)
- Workgroup Server 7250, 7350, 8550, 9650
- Daystar Genesis & Millennium Series
- Mactell XB-Pro
- Power Computing PowerBase Desktop, PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerCurve,
- PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
- StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500
- UMAX C500, C600, C600X. J700, S900

Availability and Pricing
Tempo Trio is available now with an estimated street price of $179.95.]

Sonnet Tempo Trio. Why wasn't our Mac mentioned?: Some of you may have been asking this question as I was after reading that press release. Why not our Macs? The simple truth is that they where not tested by the time the press release was made. They even admitted the 6500 model should not have been listed on their website but they lucked out and it does work. The 6400 and 6500 models are support with the Tempo Trio. Here is a reply to a letter I sent Sonnet on this.

[Mr. Koons,
The Tempo Trio is compatible with the 6400 and 6500. They were omitted from the press release because we were still testing when it was published. However, as you probably know, it is quite a challenge to install PCI cards, etc. into these machines.

The mention of the 6500 on the Tempo Trio was actually an oversight that proved to be correct. We are in the process of altering all of our materials to include these two machines.

Thank you for your interest in the product. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Debbie Michelle
Product Marketing Manager
Sonnet Technologies, Inc.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2002, Thomas Koons <> wrote:
Hello, I host The 6400 Zone web site and I was wondering if this card is compatible with the Performa 6400 or Power Mac 6500? I see your web site lists the 6500 but the email you sent out and the PDF document do not? Is the card to long to fit in the 6400/6500?

Thank you
Thomas Koons]

Sonnet Tempo Trio. Ok, so what about the 5400, 5500, 6360?: Support for these models gets a bit stickier. According to a Sonnet representative at MacWorld, these models have a wall between the PCI slots and the HD bay so there is no way to run the IDE cables to any drives. Looking at the 5400/5500 take apart manuals from Apple, it does appear to be true. The HD is under the mother board so to get a cable to it, you might be able to go through a hole in the back panel and then cut another hole in the back panel to access the HD? If anyone can verify this or has another solution, please email me. Thanks.

As for the 6360, I do not have that manual but I think the 6360 is similar to the performa 630 and that model also has a HD in a far location from the mother board. It may not be possible to run an IDE cable to that drive from a PCI card? If any 6360 users can help clarify this, please email me. Thanks.

Trying to get OSX installed on the 6400: I received a message from Dan who came up with a way that might work to get OSX installed on the 6400. Thanks Dan. The problem at this point is getting OSX installed without the CDROM since SCSI is not supported yet in XPostFacto on our Macs. Dan may have found the way.

[There is a way around this that should work. I've done this several times.

Make a 660 MB or so partition on your hard drive. Use Apple Software
Restore under OS 9 to copy the entire OS X install CD to that partition, and
then use XPostFacto to boot from that. This has the side benefit of making
the install go *much* faster than when booting from the stock S900 8X drive
- especially if you have a second physical drive to put the boot CD image


Click here to read more on getting OSX installed on the 6400.

ATI Radeon 7000 PCI cards in our Macs: A few people wrote to say that this card does work on our Macs but no one said that they tried both monitor ports on the card at the same time? Bob wrote that he tried connecting a monitor on both the cards ports and it worked as expected! Thanks Bob. He also notes his audio issues are gone. Not sure which model Mac he has or if a L2 G3 is installed though? Maybe he will read this and reply back :)

[Good day everyone,
After a 3 months wait I received my ATI RADEON 7000 Video card. Well,it's working as expected.(FINE !!!)
Tried with AppleVision 1710AV display on the card, no display attached to the Mac. Then an HP VGA 15 inch PC display on the card and the 17 inch AV on the Mac. All working as it should.
QuickTime 5 movies play now much better then before.
At this moment it's stable, with no troubles.
And now something special: There is no audio stuttering anymore, even without a CD in the CD-ROM player. GREAT !!!
If somebody as some questions about configurations are alike,ask me by way of forum or my E-mail. I'll answer as good and soon as I can.

Click here to read more on the ATI Radeon 7000.

Update on issue with IDE CDROM on internal IDE bus: Last update, Will wrote to say that he had issues with his CDROM being on the IDE bus and all the HD's being on the SCSI bus. Jeffrey replied saying he has had a similar setup for a few weeks now with no issues. Thanks Jeffrey.

[I had installed a 32x IDE CD-ROM (from my G4 Yikes as I upgrade to DVD), I extended the IDE Cable to the CD-ROM bay (removed the original SCSI connector), also extended the SCSI cable to the HDD bay. My system configuration as follow:

6400/200 upgrade to Sonnet G3 L2, 300/512
Farallon 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card
IBM 9.1 Wide SCSI HDD (connect to the SCSI 2 via convertor, 68 to 50 pins, sync to SCSI 2) upper bay ID1
Seagate 9.1 SCSI 2 HDD, ID0
OS 8.6 on SCSI ID1 (2 Mac partition)
Apple CD-ROM driver 1.2.2
Yellow Dog Linux 2.3 on SCSI ID 0
Apple TV Tuner
2xUSB PCI (PC Card), USB driver 1.4.1 installed, Logitech wheel mouse.

I complete the installation about 3 weeks ago (installed YDL 2.3 on 8 Jul via the CD-ROM) I installed the Mac OS 8.6 after the change. Till now, it's working fine, no problem for sound and also the VCD. I can't get the YDL running with G3 L2 loaded.

If I have time, I will take some photograph for the reader. Feel free to contact me if you required more information.


I wonder if the CDROM drive Will is using is bad? Both Will's and Jeffrey's where OEM Apple drives. Jeffrey sent me a picture of the cabling he had to do to get his setup working. The red line shows the path of the IDE cable being attached to an extender cable and going to the IDE CDROM. The green line shows the SCSI cable having an extender cable attached just below the old SCSI CDROM plug and then going to a SCSI HD in the stock location and another SCSI drive attached in the upper bay. Thanks Jeffrey. Sorry its so hard to see but there are just to many cables bunched up inside the 6400.

Jeffrey's IDE CDROM cable setup image

Update on 6400 with Apple TV/FM installed on OS 9.1 and 9.2.1: Last update, Will also had an issue with his Apple TV/FM system not being able to auto tune stations after OS 9.1 was installed. Petar wrote to say that he fixed this by starting fresh and then it worked. I think he means he ran the system restore CD and upgraded from there? Thanks Petar.

[I have also had this problem on my 6360. The fix actually for what it is worth on my 6360 was to let the installer install everything it wanted to... When I did a custom install then the Video Player software would not work correctly and the sound preferences would be all screwed up.

I just reloaded from stock AGAIN and all was well. On my 6300 however I did the same more or less custom install (Minimum plus a few extras)and the problem did not appear...

Just thought I would pass that along. We are not alone in this weird OS 9.1 TV tuner issue.


Rick also wrote that he had the same issue but his answer was to just revert to OS 8.6. Hopefully Petars fix works!

[Same thing happened to me. I could not use the auto tuner I had to manually add all of the TV stations, a real drag. I gave up all hope and just went back to using MacOS 8.6, my 6500 is happy again.


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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 $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., 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 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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