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Just Updated 11/20/2002
Mac OSX on a PowerTower Pro: I know the PowerTower Pro is based on an 8500 or 9500 and not the 6400/6500 but I thought Craigs install info may be helpful for some. Thanks Craig.
NewerTech L2 G3 may never be supported in OS 9.2.2!: Here is a reply Phil got from Newer about the issue of Newer's L2 G3 not working on a 6400/6500 in OS 9.2.2. Thanks Phil.
So unless Newer releases the source code or some brilliant hackers finds another way, NewerTech L2 G3 users are stuck in OS 9.1 :(
Downgrade Sonnets L2 G3 driver fixes boot crashes: Bob was unable to get his Sonnet L2 G3 to stop crashing during bootup until he followed some of the hacks I have posted to fix it. One being downgrading the Crescendo extension back to 1.4.1. I had noted this before but just incase I didn't here it is :) Thanks Bob.
SOMobjects may have been the major problem though as this file is not needed in OS's 8.0 and newer. Some older apps keep installing it though so its good to check and remove this file if found on newer OS's!
User upgrade info on a 6400: Here is one users story on all the upgrades he installed. He has tried a lot of the newer PCI cards so I though his experiences might help others make some buying decisions. Thanks Michael.
Kingston PCI Ethernet card works on a 6400: Sam wrote to say that he has a Kingston Ethernet card in his 6400 and its works fine. Thanks Sam. I'm not sure how old this card is but I'll add this to my Ethernet card page.
Does the iPod work with the Sonnet Trio?: Matt wants to know if the iPod will work on a Sonnet Trio card. The Sonnet Trio has USB, Firewire, and IDE buses.
Thats a good question? I am pretty sure the iPod works with just a FireWire card so I see no reason why it shouldn't work with this trio card. The big issue is power use. You should check with sonnet to see if they have an auxiliary power input on the card to handle powering drives like the iPod over the firewire bus. If not then plugging in the iPod may cause the Mac to go into over current and the power supply will hopefully shut down before any damage is caused!
I did not see and place to plug in a power cable like what a HD uses so I am not sure how they are getting their extra power. The PCI bus does support 15W max and Sonnet says they support 12W so I would check the power usage of the iPod to make sure.
MacWrite Pro does work in OS 9.2.2: On my previous update, I noted one user had issues with MacWrite Pro not working after he tried OS9 Helper to get his 6400 up to OS 9.2.2. Keith writes that he has tried OS9 Helper and his MacWrite Pro still functions fine. Thanks Keith. Perhaps there is some other conflict on the last readers Mac?
Issues setting SCSI ID numbers with drives in removable trays: Howard was having a big problem getting some SCSI HD's to work on his Mac without crashing it! They are mounted in external removable drive sleds. Below is his solution. Thanks Howard.
I to have one of these removable drive sleds but I never tried the SCSI jumpers on the tray itself and just set the ID's from the drives jumpers. It has always worked this way. Possibly our older SCSI bus does not support the method used on these trays to set SCSI ID?
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TW Computing Business sites 11/2/2002
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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 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, two B&W G4/500's OS 10.2.2 Server, iBook Dual USB OS 9.2.2 / OSX 10.2.2, PM 6100 G3/240 OS 9.1, Dual G4 800 OS 9.2.2/OSX 10.2.2, 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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