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|The 6400 Zone
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 mac.com 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please replace my email@example.com email with this new one because after September, my mac.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to my new email@example.com 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 freefind.com. 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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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 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.
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.
Rick also wrote that he had the same issue but his answer was to just revert to OS 8.6. Hopefully Petars fix works!
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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