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Power Mac G3 UPDATES - www.versiontracker.com 9/8/99
PowerBook G3 Series
Pick your OS version:
 
* Mac OS 8.6
* Mac OS 8.5.x
* Mac OS 8.1
 
 
Updates needed if running OS 8.6
PowerBook G3 Series Battery Reset Update 1.0 - (8/9/99) This update is designed to be used only on PowerBook G3 series computers with the family number M4753. The family number can be found on a label on the bottom of the computer. The latest PowerBook G3 model (with the translucent bronze keyboard) does not require this update. Addresses a situation that may occur with some PowerBook G3 series computers in which the main battery won't charge, doesn't show up, or behaves in an unexpected way. The update includes the following software: PB G3 Battery Reset, an application you can use to reset your battery, if necessary. This update may not address all battery-related problems.
ARA Client 3.1.3 - (5/10/99) Apple Remote Access Client software provides an easy, productive, and secure way to connect a Mac OS-based desktop or notebook computer to information and resources from a remote location.
ATI Software Update 1.0 - (6/15/99) The files included in this update provide improved 2D and 3D acceleration for computers with the ATI RAGE 128 graphic accelerator card or on-board ATI RAGE Pro graphic accelerator chip shipping in some iMac, PowerBook G3, Power Macintosh G3 and Macintosh Server G3 computers.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 - (6/28/99) Replaces the Mac OS ROM version 1.4 with version 1.6.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.5.x

Note: Mac OS 8.5.x users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.6 for free.
PowerBook G3 Series Battery Reset Update 1.0 - (8/9/99) This update is designed to be used only on PowerBook G3 series computers with the family number M4753. The family number can be found on a label on the bottom of the computer. The latest PowerBook G3 model (with the translucent bronze keyboard) does not require this update. Addresses a situation that may occur with some PowerBook G3 series computers in which the main battery won't charge, doesn't show up, or behaves in an unexpected way. The update includes the following software: PB G3 Battery Reset, an application you can use to reset your battery, if necessary. This update may not address all battery-related problems.
ATI Driver Update 1.4.7 - (12/8/98) Allows PowerBook G3 Series computers with screen resolution switching capabilities to use additional screen resolutions in Simulscan mode. Simulscan is a mode on PowerBook computers where the same image is displayed on the built-in display as is displayed on an external monitor. Previously, PowerBook G3 Series computers have been able to access only one screen resolution in Simulscan mode.
Display Enabler 2.4.1 - (1/20/99) Some customers have reported that after installing Mac OS 8.5 onto a PowerBook G3 Series computer, their ixMicro ix3D Road Rocket video card no longer allows external monitors to sleep. This update addresses that issue. Note: Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series computers should not be confused with Macintosh PowerBook G3 computers. Though the names are similar, there are significant differences. To visually identify which type of computer you have, close the display and inspect the display case. A Macintosh PowerBook G3 has a small, six-color Apple logo on the display case. A Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series computer has a large Apple logo on the display case that is not six-colored.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
DVD Software 1.1 - (12/16/98) Requires: PowerBooks with DVD drives. This software update lets you resume movie playback at the current scene after: - waking your computer from system sleep - stopping playback by selecting STOP, then quitting and restarting the Apple DVD Player application - stopping playback by selecting STOP, then shutting down and restarting the computer.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.1

PowerBook G3 Series Battery Reset Update 1.0 - (8/9/99) This update is designed to be used only on PowerBook G3 series computers with the family number M4753. The family number can be found on a label on the bottom of the computer. The latest PowerBook G3 model (with the translucent bronze keyboard) does not require this update. Addresses a situation that may occur with some PowerBook G3 series computers in which the main battery won't charge, doesn't show up, or behaves in an unexpected way. The update includes the following software: PB G3 Battery Reset, an application you can use to reset your battery, if necessary. This update may not address all battery-related problems.
AppleVision 1.6.1 - (6/16/98) Requires: Apple Displays Software 1.6. If you are using the Apple Studio Display, AppleVision 750AV or AppleVision 1710AV connected to a PowerBook G3 Series with Apple Displays Software 1.6 software installed, you may get an error message that reads, "AppleVision failed to load completely." when you wake up your computer. Version 1.6.1 of the AppleVision extension significantly reduces the frequency of the error message occurring. IMPORTANT: Apple Displays Software 1.6 includes the extension AppleVision 1.6.
ARA Client 3.0.1 - (8/19/98) Updates ARA 3.0 to 3.0.1 on a PowerBook G3 Series computer. After a PowerBook G3 Series computer is brought out of sleep mode, it will not successfully connect to a remote access server using ARAP. The modem will dial and establish a connection but the connection never gets beyond the status message which states "Starting ARAP..." The connection will eventually time out with an alert. The connection attempt can also be terminated using the Cancel button. This only occurs on the PowerBook G3 Series computers after they have been put into sleep mode. Once the PowerBook has been put into sleep mode, it must be restarted in order to make ARAP connections. This problem does not occur with ARA 2.1. This software prevents this problem from occuring with ARA 3.0.
ATI Driver Update 1.4.7 - (12/8/98) Allows PowerBook G3 Series computers with screen resolution switching capabilities to use additional screen resolutions in Simulscan mode. Simulscan is a mode on PowerBook computers where the same image is displayed on the built-in display as is displayed on an external monitor. Previously, PowerBook G3 Series computers have been able to access only one screen resolution in Simulscan mode.
ATI Universal Installer 3.3 - (9/15/98) Video drivers for the built-in ATI chip.
NOTE: Custom Installation needed, follow these directions.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
DVD Software 1.1 - (12/16/98) Requires: PowerBooks with DVD drives. This software update lets you resume movie playback at the current scene after: - waking your computer from system sleep - stopping playback by selecting STOP, then quitting and restarting the Apple DVD Player application - stopping playback by selecting STOP, then shutting down and restarting the computer.
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.
 

PowerBook 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
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.5.x

Note: Mac OS 8.5.x users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.6 for free.
Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5 - (3/29/99) The Apple Modem Updater will update all modems in the iMac and the PowerBook G3 Series computers (both the K56flex only modem shipping in earlier PowerBook G3 Series and the V.90 compliant modem currently shipping in the PowerBook G3 Series). The updater installs version 2.2 of the Rockwell firmware which contains the latest versions of both the V.90 and the K56flex protocols. The modems can use either the K56flex or V.90 protocols and will automatically negotiate with the service provider to use the appropriate one. The modem scripts have been revised to properly reflect the new V.90 connection speeds, and to resolve a European blind dialing issue.This software bundle contains: -- new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, -- new modem scripts (CCLs), -- new PowerBook G3 Series Modem extension 1.0.2.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.1

Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5 - (3/29/99) The Apple Modem Updater will update all modems in the iMac and the PowerBook G3 Series computers (both the K56flex only modem shipping in earlier PowerBook G3 Series and the V.90 compliant modem currently shipping in the PowerBook G3 Series). The updater installs version 2.2 of the Rockwell firmware which contains the latest versions of both the V.90 and the K56flex protocols. The modems can use either the K56flex or V.90 protocols and will automatically negotiate with the service provider to use the appropriate one. The modem scripts have been revised to properly reflect the new V.90 connection speeds, and to resolve a European blind dialing issue.This software bundle contains: -- new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, -- new modem scripts (CCLs), -- new PowerBook G3 Series Modem extension 1.0.2.
AudioTuneUp 2.0 - (4/23/98) AudioTuneUp 2.0 fixes the following audio problems: On the PowerBook G3 feedback occurs when attempting to use some applications to record audio from the internal microphone.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
PowerBook ZoomedVideo Update 1.3 - (2/20/98) The PowerBook ZoomedVideo file is a system extension that enhances system stability on PowerBook 3400 series, PowerBook 2400/180, and PowerBook G3 when running video conferencing applications using the Zoomed Video port. It also fixes compatibility problems with CU-SeeMe(R) version 3.1 and iVisit(TM) 1.0 (http://www.ivisit.com and http://www.cuseeme.com).
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.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.0

Note: Mac OS 8.0 users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.1 for free.
Drive Setup 1.7.3 - (6/11/99) Drive Setup installs software (called a disk driver) that allows your computer to communicate with the hard disk. Use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you initialize a disk, all of its contents are erased. IMPORTANT Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce issues resolved with Drive Setup 1.7.3. This version includes improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on G3 Blue and White machines.
PowerBook ZoomedVideo Update 1.3 - (2/20/98) The PowerBook ZoomedVideo file is a system extension that enhances system stability on PowerBook 3400 series, PowerBook 2400/180, and PowerBook G3 when running video conferencing applications using the Zoomed Video port. It also fixes compatibility problems with CU-SeeMe(R) version 3.1 and iVisit(TM) 1.0 (http://www.ivisit.com and http://www.cuseeme.com).
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.

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