View Full Version : power pc 6400/200 88mb ram 56k ext. modem---general upgrade ideas

06-19-2001, 09:12 AM
Hi Everyone, that's the basic spec(above) running 9.1, ...first up,what do you guys call this model, I haven't found it listed anywhere in the archives, just 7300's and such like ? Is it a powermac, or a vintage powermac ?

Anyway, I would like some general advice about upgrading this unit - all to be done on a budget, as although this mac will not be dumped, I'm aiming to get a mac laptop at some point (6-12months) and need to save cash ! This power pc is good enough for my main office email and accounts etc so will keep and link any new model up to this one occasionally. Arguments for and against upgrading are welcomed too as I know very little (but can just about do system installs/pull out old internal modems and the like !)

which hard drives to expand my storage (Ive been told by Shaye.co.uk I can get a western digital 40gb for 99/ $130 approx)

which ram upgrades (do I have space for more?)

which L2 cache to get,

which processors to upgrade to ......

which pci cards to get (I have an ethernet card that I don't use, so I could have two free slots if necessary) - I'd like to plug in an old (2yrs) palmpilot in its docking bay that someone gave me

I also use a 2gb jaz with so many cartridges that I'm sick of seeing it ask for two at the same time (is there a control that get's it to quit whatever old app and file it's holding when you ask for another dif app and file to be opened ? Example :- one file is open (on jaz) and you're working so fast you've totally forgotten about this - then you click on an item in recent docs and the jaz pops out and a message on screen is displayed "please insert jaz (different jaz)" as you reach for the new jaz another message pops up telling you to re-insert the first jaz..invariably, the machine crashes at this point.

All you need to know about how I use the machine is that the only thing I don't do is play games on it !! (no time !) But all the usual av stuff would be good. I'm a guitar teacher and want to send av stuff to students as well as maybe some home - recording, though that's what I envisage the next mac I buy being tailored for so we don't have the unfeasible job of getting this one up to professional studio level . ..... I'd like to be able to keep this mac a good 'allrounder' though I'm not expecting it to be anything like up to speed on specialist stuff ........ I DO do a lot of down loading though, and am thinking of going to dsl/cable modem (yep, over here in old blighty us English are still for the most part stuck with 56k connections, well sad huh ?!) thank you to anyone with the time to help

06-19-2001, 09:57 AM
Vintage Power Mac or Vintage PCI Power Macintosh, I would call it. Some info here (along with other variants) http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/obj_show_page.cgi?mbppc6400.html and here http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/6400.shtml and finally http://homepage.mac.com/zone6400/

Sonnet G3 upgrades for the 6400 here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?sonnet.html BUT note that MacGurus does not endorse any Sonnet upgrade for use with high-end audio hardware and software, nor for use in any video production scenario using third-party hardware and software. These upgrades are great if you want to accelerate Office98 and Photoshop, for example. They are not appropriate if you are making movies, or laying down multitrack audio. But then you mention that your future audio plans would not involve the 6400.

This will get you started with the questions. Others will follow with more answers. k

06-21-2001, 04:17 PM
it's a vintage Power Mac, with an Alchemy logic board.

The 6500 had the Gazelle logic board.