|PC Compatibility Card FAQ||
I've only worked with 12 inch Apple 166MHz Pentium PC Compatibility Cards, so keep that in mind when following tips or observations that I have made. The Mac Dos Card forum is a great place to post your questions. Another FAQ worth mentioning is the FAQ for the PC Compatibility cards.
Where can I find PDF manuals and user guides?
Please take the time to download the service manual even tho it's 12MB. It covers all four cards, and probably will answer most, if not all, your questions. Note, Mac users, press the option key as you click on the links below to save it to your HD.
Apple's web site:
If you have a slow internet connection, you can download the service manual for all four cards in six 3MB parts. It is self mounting (Mac only, and will not work on a PC)...
What type of cards did Apple make?
What cards can I install in my Mac?
There are users that have sucsessfully installed their pc cards in Biege G3s, but you can't install them in Blue & White G3s (something about power consumption)...
12 inch 100MHz card
7200, 7500, 7600, 8500, and 9500 series
7 inch 100MHz card
5400, 6400, 7200, 7500, 7600, 8500, and 9500 series
12 inch 166MHz P card
4400, 7220, 7200, 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600 series
12 inch PR 166 card
4400/200, 7220/200 only
What OSs (operating systems) can I run on my card?
I suggest running Windows 95 (version OSR2). I'm also in the process of testing different OSs that are not supported...
Where can I download the drivers and software?
Can I upgrade the RAM on the card?
Yes, visit ramseeker to find the cheapest RAM on the web.
What type of RAM should I use?
Can I upgrade the processor on my card?
What is a container?
Can I use a DOS formatted HD instead of containers?
Can I use Softwindows or SoftPC containers with my card?
I'm ready to install my card. What do I do?
Here are some key combinations that you need to know while in the PC environment:
My card is installed, now what?
PC Setup 2.1.7f
Download the PDF manual and READ ALL of it before attempting to install PC Setup 2.1.7f:
It's always a good idea to make a copy of your container before and after you install anything in your PC environment. So now would be a good time to make a copy of your container. Especially since you could lose everything you've just done if you install it incorrectly. From here, you're on your own, because I haven't installed it yet, and it will be a while before I can...But below is some general information from their web site, including the software and liscense code ^_^
Authorization Code and License Information:
During the installation, you will be prompted to enter an authorization code and licensing information. Enter the following information:
Below is the small FAQ they had on their web site in it's entirety:
What should I do to shut down the PC side?
The first step is to exit Windows if it is currently running. If you do not exit Windows, you will be leaving temporary files that will take up disk space. After you exit Windows, press Command-Return to switch back to the Macintosh side. When you are ready to shut down the Macintosh, follow the normal shutdown procedure.
What should I do when my DOS Compatible Mac (should be card?) freezes in Windows?
There are several troubleshooting options:
Sometimes pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete will allow you to recover. Other times, it will restart Windows.
If that does not work, try Ctrl-Command-. (period on the keyboard). This will cold boot the DOS card while leaving the Macintosh side running.
Another possibility is to press Command-Return to switch back to the Macintosh side and then use the PC Setup Control Panel to shut down or restart the PC.
If none of these keystrokes help, restart the Macintosh with Control-Command-Reset. If this does nothing, you will have to power down the computer manually, wait 30 seconds, and then turn it back on.
My computer often freezes when I start the DOS/Windows side of my Mac. What could be causing this?
Screen savers can create conflicts with many applications that cause computers to crash in this way. Moire, among others, is a screen saver which has been shown to cause these problems. The solution is to avoid using screen savers when ever possible.
When I try to enter Windows, it brings up the splash screen, then exits back to the prompt.
This is a display conflict. Open up the PC Setup Control Panel on the Mac side. Check the display options and make sure that the selection matches your monitor. You may also need to consult your manual (look up display in the index) to see if there are other possible causes.
How do I eject diskettes and CDs in Windows?
Use the pcSetup tray icon located in the bottom right of your PC screen to eject floppy diskettes and CDs. You can also use this feature to switch between the Mac and PC. You can also eject diskettes by pressing Command-E, and CDs using Command-Y.
Do I need to do anything special to install software?
Whenever possible, use CDs to install software for DOS or Windows. If you must use diskettes, be sure that they are write-protected, and make copies (on a regular PC, using DISKCOPY) before trying to install. The installers rely on exact disk images, and the disk drive on a Macintosh DOS Compatible computer writes to the diskette if it is not write-protected.
What allocation of memory do you recommend?
We have not had many problems with memory. Our computers so far have had 4 MB SIMMs on the DOS card, but we are upgrading to 8 MB. When running Internet applications for Windows, I would recommend (1) a separate SIMM on the DOS card, and (2) that the SIMM be at least 8 MB.
The Macintosh side of the computer does not work as well as if you are using shared memory rather than separate SIMMs on each card. It seems to be slower and gets confused more easily because any memory allocated to the DOS card is used by the System. If you have 16 MB on the Mac using shared memory, and the OS sides of the computer are divided evenly, the Mac will allocate 12 MB for the system and have only 4 MB to run applications. It is the only way to allocate shared memory to the DOS card, but this gets difficult for the Mac to manage, especially in virtual memory situations.
Though most of the Windows applications that were out when the computers were released will run on 4 MB, many of the ones that you will want to run, especially by next year, will require more than this. As long as you are spending enough money to get both platforms, you should get a computer that can run Netscape 2.0 on both sides. Further, should you want to upgrade to Win95, 8 MB is a bare minimum for that OS to work well.
Is there any way to have the Internet software working on both sides without rebooting the computer?
Yes. You must use EtherTalk rather than Ethernet in the MacTCP Control Panel. In order to do this, however, you also need to have an AppleTalk Router. The Macintosh side will receive its IP address from this server, while the Windows side will use its own.
How do I create a new drive container? (What if my existing drive container is too small?)
You may find, on occasion, that you need a new drive container. If your current DOS drive is too small, you may create another one and name it Drive D. If your previous one got deleted or damaged, you may simply need to create another Drive C.
To create a drive container, open up the PC Setup control panel. In the location for the new drive container, select New Drive File from the pop-up menu. Select a location for the drive, enter a size (refer to you manual on calculation), and check the Intitialize Drive File box. If this is a bootable drive file, you will need to reinstall the PC software according to your manual.
How do I set up a modem for use on the DOS side?
In the PC Setup control panel, assign the COM port to the appropriate Macintosh Serial port. Keep in mind that items in use or reserved by the Macintosh may not be available in this menu. Further, items in use by the PC may not be available for use by the Macintosh.
Is there a way to run AppleShare in Windows?
Look into PhoneNet PC from Proxim Products. It has the ability to give Windows a Chooser and perform AppleShare activities.
How does Windows 95 or 98 work on the Macintosh/DOS Compatible machines?
Windows 95A is not compatible with pcSetup 2.1.7. If you are running Windows 95A, we recommend that you upgrade your system to Windows 95 B (OSR2) or Windows 98. It may be possible to run Windows 95A with pcSetup 2.1.7, however this configuration may not use our drivers to their optimum performance and may cause conflicts with the Windows software.
How do I know what version of Win95 is running on my PC?
In the Windows Control Panel, double-click the System icon. The General tab page will show the version of windows running on your PC. If the information sheet shows "Microsoft Windows 95 4.00.950", you have the original version of Windows 95 (Which we do not support) and you should upgrade to Windows 95B (OSR2 ). If the information sheet shows "Microsoft Windows 95 4.00.950 B", you are running the OSR2 version of Win95.
Is my computer a PCI or a NuBus machine?
All G3 computers are PCI machines.
The following Power Macintosh computers are PCI machines:
4400, 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500, 7200, 7300, 7500, 7600, 8200, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600
The following Power Macintosh computers are NuBus machines:
5200, 5300, 6100, 6200, 6300, 7100, 8100
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