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Power Mac G3 UPDATES - www.versiontracker.com 9/8/99
Power Macintosh G3
Pick your OS version:
 
* Mac OS 8.6
* Mac OS 8.5.x
* Mac OS 8.1
* Mac OS 8.0
 
Updates needed if running OS 8.6
G3 CD Update 2.0 - installs new firmware on certain 24x CD-ROM drive mechanisms. This new firmware insures correct sleep and wakeup behavior. G3 CD Update 2.0 replaces G3 CD Update 1.0, and is meant for use on all Power Macintosh G3 models.
Apple/GV 56K Modem Update 1.1.3 - (1/15/99) Includes Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 and Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001. The Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 installs the V.90 protocol. If you have updated to the V.90 protocol and discover that your ISP only supports K56flex, run the Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001 to install the K56flex protocol.
G3 CD Update 1.0 - (11/10/98) Requires: G3 systems with internal Zip drives. The G3 CD Update places new firmware on certain CD-ROM drive mechanisms. This new firmware eliminates an issue of long delays occurring during wakeup from sleep. This wakeup problem has only been observed in certain types of Power Macintosh G3 models, with a certain model of CD-ROM drive. The G3 CD Update 1.0 eliminates the cause of a problem observed in some G3 systems. In some G3 systems, if a CD is in the CD-ROM drive and the system is allowed to go to sleep, then there may be considerable delays at attempted wakeup.
 
Updates needed if running OS 8.5.x
Note: Mac OS 8.5.x users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.6 for free.
G3 CD Update 2.0 - installs new firmware on certain 24x CD-ROM drive mechanisms. This new firmware insures correct sleep and wakeup behavior. G3 CD Update 2.0 replaces G3 CD Update 1.0, and is meant for use on all Power Macintosh G3 models.
Apple/GV 56K Modem Update 1.1.3 - (1/15/99) Includes Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 and Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001. The Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 installs the V.90 protocol. If you have updated to the V.90 protocol and discover that your ISP only supports K56flex, run the Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001 to install the K56flex protocol.
ATI Universal Installer 3.3 - (9/15/98) Video drivers for the built-in ATI chip.
NOTE: Custom Installation needed, follow these directions.
 
Updates needed if running OS 8.1
Apple/GV 56K Modem Update 1.1.3 - (1/15/99) Includes Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 and Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001. The Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 installs the V.90 protocol. If you have updated to the V.90 protocol and discover that your ISP only supports K56flex, run the Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001 to install the K56flex protocol.
ATI Universal Installer 3.3 - (9/15/98) Video drivers for the built-in ATI chip.
NOTE: Custom Installation needed, follow these directions.
AudioTuneUp 2.0 - (4/23/98) AudioTuneUp 2.0 fixes the following audio problems: * On PowerMac G3 and PowerMac 4400 models attempting to record from the external microphone using QuickTime does not work.
Ethernet (Built-In) driver 2.0.4 - (5/9/98) Requires Power Macintosh G3 Desktop, Minitower, All-in-one, G3 Server. This driver is used by the Power Macintosh G3 built-in Ethernet interface. The 2.0.4 driver fixes a problem present in the 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, and 2.0.3 drivers, where there is a possibility that the system could lose network services when using the built-in Ethernet interface with the machines listed above.
G3 CD Update 1.0 - (11/10/98) Requires: G3 systems with internal Zip drives. The G3 CD Update places new firmware on certain CD-ROM drive mechanisms. This new firmware eliminates an issue of long delays occurring during wakeup from sleep. This wakeup problem has only been observed in certain types of Power Macintosh G3 models, with a certain model of CD-ROM drive. The G3 CD Update 1.0 eliminates the cause of a problem observed in some G3 systems. In some G3 systems, if a CD is in the CD-ROM drive and the system is allowed to go to sleep, then there may be considerable delays at attempted wakeup.
SerialDMA 2.1 - (7/8/98) Includes version 2.1 of the SerialDMA extension, which supplies a replacement serial driver for a specific set of Mac OS computers. This new driver fixes an incompatability that prevents certain serial devices, such as digital cameras, from establishing an initial connection. If you are using one of the Mac OS computers listed above, and you are using a serial device which cannot establish an initial connection, you should install this update.
Printer Tip - Printer not showing up in the chooser? try disabling the LocalTalk PCI extension.
 
Updates needed if running OS 8.0
Note: Mac OS 8.0 users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.1 for free.
Apple/GV 56K Modem Update 1.1.3 - (1/15/99) Includes Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 and Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001. The Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 installs the V.90 protocol. If you have updated to the V.90 protocol and discover that your ISP only supports K56flex, run the Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001 to install the K56flex protocol.
ATI Universal Installer 3.3 - (9/15/98) Video drivers for the built-in ATI chip.
NOTE: Custom Installation needed, follow these directions.
Ethernet (Built-In) driver 2.0.4 - (5/9/98) Requires Power Macintosh G3 Desktop, Minitower, All-in-one, G3 Server. This driver is used by the Power Macintosh G3 built-in Ethernet interface. The 2.0.4 driver fixes a problem present in the 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, and 2.0.3 drivers, where there is a possibility that the system could lose network services when using the built-in Ethernet interface with the machines listed above.
SerialDMA 2.1 - (7/8/98) Includes version 2.1 of the SerialDMA extension, which supplies a replacement serial driver for a specific set of Mac OS computers. This new driver fixes an incompatability that prevents certain serial devices, such as digital cameras, from establishing an initial connection. If you are using one of the Mac OS computers listed above, and you are using a serial device which cannot establish an initial connection, you should install this update.
Printer Tip - Printer not showing up in the chooser? try disabling the LocalTalk PCI extension.

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