Merry Christmas from The 6400 Zone!
Just Update 12/23/2000
Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I may or may not have another update between now and next year? So enjoy the holidays!
WARNING, MacAddict Jan01 DarkRage contains virus: Unfortunately its not all merry :( Ralph just sent me this and I though I would make an emergency update for it. Thanks Ralph!
Just Updated 12/15/2000
3dfx to be sold to Nvidia?: I read on a few web sites that Nvidia is to acquire the core assets of 3dfx. I don't know what this means for 3dfx's Mac driver support but I hope they continue somehow? Nvidia is rumored to have a Mac card in the works as well so maybe we'll be just trading one for another? But competition will be lost :(
Voodoo2 drivers removed from 3dfx's website?: A reader informed me that the link I had in my Voodoo2 info to 3dfx's website, for their Voodoo2 beta drivers, was broken. I posted the drivers on my site and also placed a link to them in the Downloads section on the side bar.
More info on the Wired4DVD card: Ron owns an 8500 with one of these DVD decoder cards installed and says it works great for him. All the specs of an 8500 are similar to the 6500 except the 8500 has a 10MBps SCSI bus and the 6500 only has a 5MBps SCSI bus. He later told me he also has a 512k L2 cache card installed. This is what most 6500's came with except for the 6500/225 if I remember :) Thanks Ron
Here is previous info I have on DVD for the 6400/6500.
6500 mod to quiet the power supply fan: Accelerate Your Mac posted some info on how to quiet the fan of a G3/G4 system. One of his readers sent info on using a similar procedure on a 6500! Here is a link to the article. Basically he just put a little bit of rubber in between the power supply and the mounting points to cushion the supply so it would not rattle the entire case so much. Let me know if any of you try this with success. Thanks
6400 subwoofer wanted: I have a request from a reader for a 6400 subwoofer. If you have one that you removed and would like to sell, please contact him. Thanks
Sonnet G3 upgrade horror story with a happy ending: David installed Sonnets newest 400Mhz upgrade for the 6400 and had a horrible experience but in the end everything is working well! Thanks David. By the way another 6400 owner who just installed a 400Mhz card also crashed on first reboot? Could Sonnets latest driver be a problem again? I have version 1.4.2 posted in my side bar under downloads but I think version 1.4.4 would be better for the latest cards. Could someone with 1.4.4 please send me a copy. Thanks.
David also has the Asante ethernet card which if I remember was rumored to have issues with L2 G3 cards since both where bus mastering cards? Anyway he says the latest drivers from Asantes web site are working fine for him. Great!
SIIG USB card in a 6400: Last week I installed one of these cards in my other 6400 so both have USB support now. It was very easy to do. I just installed the USB card and then downloaded and installed Apple USB card support drivers and rebooted. It is working great!
The main reason why I am mentioning this is because SIIG has 2 cards on the market. One labled for PC's and one labled for Macs? The Mac box is a greyish color and the PC box is a yellowish color. They both have almost identical writing on them but the Mac version was about $10 more!!! That's outrageous in these days to still charge more for Mac products that are identical. I bought the PC version because it, as well as the Mac version, listed as being OHCI compliant which is what Apples drivers need to run the card. Well it is working perfectly so far and I hope they change their minds on the 2 pricings in the future :(
6400 humor: Warren sent me a link to what appears to be an old article about the 6400 not taking to kindly to the sales of IBM PC's :) It is rather funny :) Thanks Warren.
Another subwoofer volume knob fix: Momo sent me some info stating that you could use an Allen Wrench to turn adjust the volume if your knob broke. Thanks Momo
He mentions that there is a bit of "slip" using the 5/64" size. I wonder if its metric? Possibly a 1.5-2.5 metric allen would work better?
Apple has posted TakeApart movies for their latest Macs: Apple has started to post movies containing instructions on how to replace certain parts of their latest Mac offerings. To bad they didn't do this with their older equipment :( For those of you with the latest stuff I suggest checking these links out.
Re-Mac Apple authorized reseller: Re-Mac is a little store I found the other day that sells and services Mac equipment in the AZ area. I am posting Re-Mac's info because they are the only little Mac shop left in my home town I can find! They are located in Mesa, AZ just one block north of the 60fwy behind the Fiesta Mall. Right next to TJ Maxx for those of you that know the area :). Their web site has a map and other contact info. Like I said they sell and service Mac equipment and will even buy your old equipment. I think they're only taking 604CPU (640e?) and faster Macs so us 6400/6500 owners are out of luck :( Also they only take walk-in systems (no mailing it to them!)
Just Updated 12/2/2000
More on Yamaha's CDRW drive installation: Roque sent me some info earlier on installing a Yamaha CDRW8428SZ CDRW drive in the stock location. I added his info to my CD/DVD drive info page and also posted a pic of the drive installed on my FrankenMac page.
I am really lacking on info about which CD, CDR, CDRW, DVD drives work in a 6400/6500. If anyone has installed one of these drives internally, could you please write up a little review on how well it works and fit? I would greatly appreciate this! Please include drive type and model number, where internally you installed it, was any modification needed to the covers or cables, etc.
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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 :) Please send cashiers check or money order to the below address, Thanks (I will accept personal checks but I won't mail out the CD till it clears).
941 West Elliot, Suite 10, PMB #4
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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.
Link to my site that gets rid of AOL's ads! 9/16/98
Jeff did some digging in to the new code that displays the frames on my site with AOL ads and found a link that can be used which will not show those annoying ads. Here is the address. http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/TMK12v/home.html
Thanks Jeff, for sending this info. PS don't let AOL find out :)
Here's an even better link http://members.aol.com/zone6400 I like this one better :)
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 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 TMK12v@aol.com and I will check it out.
I use a Performa 6400/180 OS 9.0.4, Performa 6400/220 OS 9.0.4, B&W G3/350 OS 9.0.4, PowerBook G3/233 OS 9.0.4 and OSX beta, 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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