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Just Updated 9/9/2003
Sorry for the long delay in posting this update. I hope I won't let so much time pass again?
So are all of you impressed with those new G5's! I know I am :) I really can't wait to go see one which I should be able to any day now since Apple has announced that they are staring to ship.
TW Computing, my web hosting business, has been running for a year now and is doing well. It's paying for itself now which is all I really wanted it to do. Anything more is just icing on the cake!
For those that remember I am taking classes to get an MS Networking Technology Certificate, I just passed the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware test. Once I take the OS Technology test, I will be A+ certified. That's the first step on my way to changing careers from being an Equipment Technician to an IT Admin. This semester I will take Win 2000 Server, UNIX, and customer support. I should do good in that one :)
My son is also back in school. He's a first grader now! Boy how time flies. He was born around the same time the Zone 6400 started. My wife is doing better now since her mothers passing. She recently finished dog grooming school and is doing her 100 dog internship. I guess you can call it that? After that she'll be a full fledged dog groomer. I might be changing positions in my job from data entry to working in the warehouse. It will be more hours and a bit more pay. Not a glamorous job like being an equipment technician but its got to be better then data entry? That's a quick rundown on what's going on in my world. Now on to the 6400 world :)
New Maxtor HD's may not work on older Macs?: I found this on MacInTouch the other day and hope it only has to do with their extra large HD's which aren't compatible with older IDE buses anyways?
I'm not sure which HD's they are referring to but if anyone has more info on this then please email me your info. Thanks.
Wireless networking on the 6400: Tom wants to know if anyone has tried a Macwireless USB adaptor on the 6400? Also please send me any info you have on any wireless device that works on a 6400. Thanks.
Here's a link to Belkins wireless USB solution. And here is a link to the drivers for that device. It says it requires OS 9.2 so you would need to use OS9Helper to upgrade from OS 9.1 to 9.2.2 on our Macs.
Here is some info sent in by another reader who says to try the Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge. Thanks. This may be the best solution.
Basically you just plug in your ethernet cable from your computer into this device and then you become wireless for the rest of the connection to your network. This still requires the installation of an ethernet card though but this will work without worries of USB drivers. So this should work with any Mac OS that can access a TCP/IP network. Do I dare say that I bet even OS 7.5.3 will work with this device!
D-Link DFE-530TX network card sold in Europe will not work on our Macs!: A reader sent word that the European version of this card does not have the "+" in the name and does not work on his 6400. Thanks for the info.
Low cost PC ethernet card for Macs: Phil sent some info on the NexNIC card from UNEX. It is a PC ethernet card but they also have Mac drivers. I have the drivers posted on the page at the link above. Thanks Phil.
Good prices on parts for older Macs!: I found this site, http://www.microdocusa.com/parts.html, that had some good prices on old Macs parts including stuff for our Macs.
Testing the Radeon 7000 in a 6500: JJ ran some tests using CineBench to test a Radeon 7000 in his 6500. Thanks JJ. Note in the past I've posted that the Radeon 7000 has issues in a 6500, specially when Sonnets G3 is install. But a reader may have found the cause? More on this in the next topic.
Radeon info for 6500 owners: Yoshihide sent me a lot of info on what he thinks is the problem with running an ATI Radeon card in a 6500. As noted above, many 6500 owners have had issues with the Radeon cards in their Macs and this may be do to the stock video module according to Yoshihide. Click here to read more. Thanks Yoshihide.
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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. I can now accept credit cards through PayPal as well!
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.
TW Computing Business sites 11/2/2002
This page lists TW Computings Business Account holders web sites. I am placing them here on my site for two reasons. Many people visit The 6400 Zone and some of you may be interested in the products or services that these businesses deal in. Second, The 6400 Zone is visited by many web crawlers or robots that scan the internet looking for new sites. By placing links to sites hosted by TW Computing here, I can help them increase their chance of getting listed on most popular search engines. I figure that's the least I can do since I own TW Computing and it hosts The 6400 Zone :)
Also, if anyone is interested in having a web site hosted or maybe you want to your own domain name for your email, please consider using TW Computing.
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 other 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 9.2.2, PM 6500/300 OS 9.2.2/OSX10.1.5, two B&W G4/500's OS 10.2.2 Server, iBook Dual USB OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.2.6, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.1, Dual G4 800 OS 9.2.2/OSX 10.2.6 Server, 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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