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Just Updated 12/22/2003
I hope you all enjoy the holiday season :) This has been one challenging year for me. I'm now in my third position in as little as 6 months at my current job. They are the number 2 growing company in Arizona so it looks like I may have a place to stay for awhile.
By the end of this semester I will be a certified Microsoft Products Specialist. Boy, talk about a conflict of interests :) The sad truth is that most all IT jobs require PC knowledge. My Mac background will be a big plus to those companies dealing with both platforms though.
Lots of things going on in my family as well. My sister, my cousin, and my wife's brother all just got married. My family came to our house for Thanksgiving and after that my wife and son went to CA to have a belated Thanksgiving with her family. I was unable to go because I ran out of days off. One drawback to starting a new job.
I've been running OSX 10.3 Panther since it came out and Apple really has a winner with this release! The speed of the Finder is much improved and the overall look and feel is great. And I though Jaguar was an improvement :) The only draw back is that whenever they upgrade the OS they change so much that drivers for things like printers get broken. Now it seems each new OS upgrade is a completely new OS and not just an upgrade. So much of the underlying stuff gets changed that its no wonder why things are breaking. This makes it tough for third party guys to keep up. I just hope they don't get upset enough to stop upgrading their drivers for new OS releases!
Well on to 6400 news :)
Latest Sonnet L2 G3 drivers working fine: Sometimes when Sonnet releases a new driver for their G3 cards it may cause issues for us 6400/6500 owners with the L2 G3 card installed. Mike sends word that the latest version is working fine on his system. Thanks Mike.
Painted Mac, Black Stripe: Patrick sent me some pictures of his Mac that he painted. Thanks Patrick.
USB lights by Elijah: I had posted about a year ago I posted some instructions from Elijah on how to make a string of little lights work off of the power of a USB port. Now he sent me some more detailed instructions on how to do this. Thanks Elijah. Click here for more info.
Partial Solution to audio skipping with USB drivers enabled: Combo card owners have had lots of issues with audio skipping due to the USB drivers being installed. The previous solution was to disable the USB drivers and reboot so you could listen to music without skipping but that's not the best solution. Simon may have come up with a better solution for those of you that have non-Apple CDROM drives attached. Thanks Simon.
I believe the issue is the way Apple polls all the drives every now and then. This causes enough of a CPU lag to make audio skip. It sounds like Toasts CD driver does not poll the drive as often as Apples does or may do it in a less CPU tasking way?
5400/6400 Disk Tools image: I should have made this available a long time ago! This Disk Tools image can be copied to a floppy disk using disk copy and then you can boot your 5400/6400 from the floppy if you are having HD trouble. You won't have CD or network capability but it may come in handy some day.
Instructions on making your own bootable CD with your favorite utilities and L2 G3 drivers installed: John sent some instructions on how to make a trouble shooting CD that will activate your G3 while booted to a CD. Thanks John!
Bad experience with the D-Link 530TX+ ethernet card: I don't know if this will happen to many people trying this ethernet card but Gregg wanted to warn us about what might happen. Thanks Gregg! Read on to find out what happened.
Another cheap ethernet card for 6400 users: John sends word that he didn't have much luck with the D-Link 530TX ethernet card (you need the 530TX+ for our Macs) but did have success with an SMC 1255TX ethernet card. Thanks John.
The drivers can be downloaded from this location.
Has anyone tried Apple QuickTime MPEG 2 component on a 6400/6500: Corry would like to know if anyone has tried installing the MPEG 2 component for QT on their 6400/6500? If you have please email me your experience. Thanks.
Not sure this will help with DVD movies but you never know?
Issues with Belkins wireless USB ethernet adaptor: John sends word that he was unable to get their wireless adaptor to work on his 6400. Thanks for the info John. Not sure which OS version he was running but Belkins web site says it requires 9.2.x. Click here for more info on wireless USB devices for our Macs.
Installing MAC OSX
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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. At one time I referred 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 OSX 10.3.2, 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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