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April 1998

Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0 bug causes "jumping zones." 4/30/98 -- Some readers have complained that Windows NT Services for Macintosh servers sometimes may not start in the AppleTalk zone they are configured to be in, sometimes appearing in a random zone or the network's default zone. While jumping zones can indicated a problem with AppleTalk routers, Microsoft has admitted that a bug in NT 3.51 and 4.0 also cause this. Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q171989 says there is a fix, but it's not posted at the Microsoft site, and Microsoft doesn't recommend it:

"A supported fix is now available, but has not been fully regression- tested and should be applied only to systems experiencing this specific problem. Unless you are severely impacted by this specific problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next Service Pack that contains this fix. Contact Microsoft Technical Support for more information."

Latest Novell files for Macs. 4/30/98 -- Bill Reynolds has once again supplied us with some information about Novell files. Novell Mac client files can be found at or

You'll need the CLT511.EXE file, plus MCLUPD4.BIN or MCLUPD5.BIN. Reynolds explains:

"Currently, the latest official patch is MCLUPD4.BIN (06APR1998); the MCLUPD5.BIN file is still beta. It appears to be stable on my 7300/180 with OS 8.1; I haven't tested it on any G3 Macs, yet. (The G3/266 Macs are still running OS 8.0, plus the enabler; in our environment, they have been fine with MCLUPD3.BIN, as are all 7.5.5 Macs here. Other users' mileage may vary.)"

AlSoft DiskExpress defragmenting problem with RealPC. 4/30/98 -- J. Bohrer discovered that AlSoft's DiskExpress would not defragment the RealPC virtual disk files (RealPC Hard Disk File C and RealPC Upgrade Disk). The utility said the files were "anchored" in place, and that moving them would prevent proper functioning of the program.AlSoft told Bohrer that if Disk Express says a file should not be moved, it should not, fragmented or not. Norton Speed Disk disagrees, and defragments virtual disk files without a problem. Bohrer also successfully defragmented the files manually: he created a partition devoted only to the virtual disks and then copied them back when they became fragmented. So much for DiskExpress's opinion.

Apple and HP to work for Mac-compatibility in HP inkjet printers. 4/28/98 -- Apple and Hewlett-Packard announced an agreement to make future HP inkjet printers compatible with Mac OS. The two companies will also provide HP ink-jet printers with support for Apple's ColorSync color-matching software. For it's part of the agreement, Apple will resell some HP ink-jet printers to its education customers.

New tip: Using 56k modems under Virtual PC. 4/28/98 -- Several readers have asked us how to use a 56k modems and PCMCIA (PC Card) modems with Virtual PC. We asked Connectix, who told us. Turns out Windows 98 will provide some help. Connectix engineer John Malm writes:

"With regards to 56k modems you'll need a modem driver that works with Win95 (so a cross-platform 56k modem would be strongly recommended). Windows 98 supplies generic 56k (95 only goes to 28,800).With a PCMCIA, a 28,000 or 33,600 bps modem can use the generic (Standard) Win95 28,000 bps driver. Windows 98 will include a standard 33,600.

"If the PCMCIA card is a 56k, they may have to wait for Windows 98 (unless the card is cross-platform and comes with 95 drivers). From the VPC Prefs, choose the correct COM port and choose "Internal Modem" or "PC Card" or "PowerPort Platinum pro, etc) from the pull-down menu. Once in Windows 95, choose the "Standard" 28,000 bps modem for 28.8 and 33.6 modem cards."

New Tip: Mac OS 8.1, Intranetware 4.11 & Mac client 5.11. 4/24/98 -- Bill Reynolds sent us this tip about a problem with copying files from the Novell server using a Mac client running Mac OS 8.1 and Mac client 5.11. He sent us not one, but two solutions. Check it out in MacWindows Tips.

Quicken for Mac may come back. 4/24/98 -- A MacWeek story says that Steve Jobs indicated that Intuit may soon announce that Quicken for Mac will return to the Intuit product lineup.

Novell Mac client 5.11v5 fix G3 problems. 4/24/98 -- Bill Reynolds reports that you can download Novell Mac client 5.11 version 5 as a fix for some G3 problems.

AppleShare IP 5.0.3 Update fixes bugs, supports G3, OS 8.1. 4/24/98 -- Apple has posted Apple AppleShare IP 5.0.3 Update, which runs on G3 systems and supports Mac OS 8.1. Bug fixes include the crashing of the web server and a print server problem.

New LaserWriter drivers for Windows NT, Windows 3.1. 4/24/98 -- Apple has posted Revision 1.0 of LaserWriter drivers for Windows NT, and Revision 3.1 for Windows 3.1. The download is free.

Bug with LPR TCP/IP printing in non-Power Macs. 4/24/98 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 24458 reports on a bug with LaserWriter 8.5.1 for non-PowerPC Macs (680x0). When printing to a print server (lpd) via LPR, an error message reports "Printer not found."

Miramar Systems prepares file transfer utility. 4/17/98 -- Miramar Systems is developing a utility to move large numbers of Mac files to a Windows environment without losing file data, including type and creator codes, and allowing Mac files to display properly on a PC. Scheduled for a June release, this as-yet unnamed utility will work along with PC MACLAN for Windows 95 and PC MACLAN for Windows NT, Miramar's networking suite.The utility will be sold separately and will be bundled with PC MACLAN Pro for Windows 95 v.7.0, the next version of the software.

Outlook Express for Mac conflicts with Connectix Surf Express. 4/17/98 -- MacFixIt reports that Microsoft's Outlook Express, the email client that comes with Office 98, doesn't work with Connectix Surf Express, a browser accelerator.

Addendum to yesterday's item re: Orange Micro and Windows NT. 4/15/98 -- Yes, Windows NT on OrangePC cards have always used 32-bit drivers, as is required by the operating system.

Update: Keyspan Web site. 4/15/98 -- The Keyspan web site now has a page with information about the SMART SERIAL 6 - T1 card, mentioned here on 4/13 (see below).

Reader reports PC emailer works in RealPC, but not Virtual PC. 4/15/98 --Reader David Arm reports that he has been able to run the PC-only Juno email client on a Duo 2300c using Insignia's RealPC 1.0, but not on Connectix' Virtual PC - DOS 2.0. He says:

"I started with Virtual PC, but found that VPC does not support the modem signals that DOS modem programs look for. Juno, even though it runs only in Windows, accesses the modem directly using its own drivers rather than using the Win95 modem routine. Since the required signals aren't present, it can't initialize the program*or* the modem. Also, the Duo keyboard has no function keys, and VPC didn't write in any way to emulate them. RealPC does both of these things, and does them well. I now have both Win95 and Juno running reliably on my Duo."

Microsoft posts document on Windows NT 5.0 features. 4/15/98 -- A new Microsoft "Market Bulletin" about Windows NT 5.0 broadly discusses the benefits of Window NT 5.0, but doesn't go into specifics. Services for Macintosh is not mentioned. It does say this:

"Microsoft strongly recommends that customers should deploy Windows NT 4.0 today, evaluate the Beta version of Windows NT 5.0 this summer, and plan for deployment of Windows NT 5.0 after the final release."

Macintouch on MS Exchange and Mac clients. 4/15/98 -- Macintouch's "MS Exchange Issues" provides some perspectives on using Mac clients with Microsoft's email server software.

Orange Micro releases 32-bit driver software for Windows 95 on its PC cards. 4/14/98 -- Orange Micro has released software that provides 32-bit driver support for Windows 95 running on an OrangePC PC compatibility cards. The software, the OrangePCi v3.0.2, had been in beta until now. The software will now ship with all new cards, and a free upgrade is available to OrangePC 500/400 series customers who purchased their boards after December 1, 1997. A $39.00 upgrade (plus shipping) is available to OrangePC 500/400 series customers who purchased their board before December 1, 1997. To order an upgrade, contact the Orange Micro Sales Department at (714) 779-2772.

Mac servers can get the T1 speed of NT servers. 4/13/98 --Keyspan is shipping a PC card and drivers that will allow a Mac server running VICOM Internet Gateway to connect to the Internet at T1 speeds. The SMART SERIAL 6 - T1 Edition ($699) comes with HDLC line drivers and a synchronous PPP Communications Toolbox tool to enable a PowerPC Macintosh to transfer data at T1 rates. Contact information is now in MacWindows Network Solutions. (As of today, the Keyspan web site has not been updated to include this product.)

New Tip: Conflict With Aladdin StuffIt & Dave 2.0/NT networking. 4/13/98 -- Gregory Newton says he's discovered a conflict between DAVE 2.0 and a piece of Aladdin's StuffIt Deluxe 4.5 package. When using Macintosh aliases located on a Windows NT 4 server via TCP/IP and Dave 2.0, opening the alias from a Mac will cause hard disk icons on the desktop to disappear and freezing the Finder. Restarting the Mac is the only way to recover. For the cause and the solution Newton discovered, see MacWindows Peer-to-Peer Tips.

DAVE 2.0, Windows NT problem with folders on desktop. 4/13/98 --Gregory Newton discovered another problem with DAVE 2.0 and Windows NT that occurs when a file is created from within an application to an open folder on the Mac client desktop, when the folder is located on the NT4 server. The new file does not appear in the Finder until the open folder window on the server is closed and reopened on the client Mac. Newton explains:

"This apparently causes a "refresh" ala Windows 95 refresh command, forcing the client machine to re-read the open directory, at which point the correct files are displayed.This same scenario is also true if for instance, you take a Word file in an open folder located on the NT4 and compress it with StuffIt, the file icon and name do not change to reflect the new format until the open folder window on the server is closed and reopened. This issue seems to be the opposite of the 'Dancing Icons' problems reported with OS 8 and NT4 Server using Services for Macintosh (which we are NOT using). Thursby is aware of this issue, no fix has been suggested at this time."

New tip: Translating Quark XPress for Mac files to Adobe PageMaker for Windows 4/13/98 -- Myrna Faulds of BioExpressions sent us this tip on how to convert Macintosh Quark XPress files containing placed images into Adobe PageMaker for Windows files. Faulds discovered that it's a multi-step procedure. Check it out at MacWindows Tips.

Connectix offers VPC/G3/IPX work-around. 4/9/98 -- Reader James West got a response from Connectix about the inability of Virtual PC 2.0 to connect to IPX networks (such as Netware) on Power Mac G3 desktop machines (see news items of 4/3 and 4/1 below). The problem does not occur on the PowerBook G3, G3 upgrade cards, or non-G3 machines. Connectix quality assurance team member John Malm said that although there is no fix at this time, there is work-around:

"There is a problem with Apple's G3 desktop machines, Novell and 802.3 frame types...The Novell SERVER and CLIENT need to be set to the Ethernet frame type of 802.2.

Potential problems: Some older routers (ancient) won't support 802.2. Older client software (such as old versions of NetX) won't support 8.0.2. Upgrade to the last version of NetX or use the IntranetWare client 2.2 (available for DOS and Windows).

Free Microsoft TrueType fonts available for Mac and Windows. 4/9/98 -- The Microsoft Typography Web site is offering free TrueType fonts for both Windows and Macintosh. Microsoft is suggesting you use these fonts for web browsing: "Install these high quality TrueType fonts, and whenever you visit a Web site that specifies them, you'll see pages exactly as the site designer intended." However, fonts exactly the same on Mac and Windows have other uses in cross-platform environments. For instances, MacWindows reader Kevin Cullis, who told us about the Microsoft site, uses them in his cross-platform FileMaker Pro Databases.

New Timbuktu Pro 32 for Windows to offer features found in the Mac version. 4/9/98 -- At the end of this month, Netopia will ship a new 32-bit version of its cross-platform remote-control software, to be called Timbuktu Pro 32 ($150), for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Timbuktu Pro 32 will include some features now found in the Mac version, including live chats and the ability to store multiple address books. It also will have new Windows features, such as the ability to select any Timbuktu-enabled machine in the Network Neighborhood with a right-click. See also the MacWeek article. More information about Timbuktu is listed at MacWindows Network Solutions.

A PC trackball that works with Windows Emulator. 4/8/98 -- We've added the Kensington Orbit trackball to our list of mice that work with a Mac running Windows. MacWindows reader Russell Kern uses it with his PC Compatibility Card, and the MouseWorks software works with Office 97 for Windows.

Farallon ships Windows drivers for its Fast Ethernet PCI card. 4/8/98 -- Farallon (a division of Netopia) has shipped Windows 95 and Windows NT drivers for its EtherTX-10/100 PCI Plus card ($79.00), which means the card can now be used in both Windows and Mac OS computers.

QuickTime 3 fixes problem with ISS0 9660 CD-ROMs and Mac OS 8.X. 4/8/98 -- QuickTime 3.0 fixes bug in QuickTime 2.5 that causes Mac OS 8.X to crash when you play a movie directly from an ISSO 9660 CD-ROM. Movies played from standard Macintosh-formatted CD-ROMs do not have this problem, according to Apple. (See Apple Tech Info Library article 30494.)

ARA 3.1, Open Transport 2.0 in Mac OS 8.2 to offer improved Windows NT access. 4/7/98 -- A source has told us that a new Apple Remote Access (ARA) 3.1 client, to be included with an upcoming Mac OS 8.2 update, will include beefed-up compatibility with Windows NT Remote Access Server (RAS). ARA 3.1 reportedly will support MS-CHAP and "PPP IPCP Extensions for Name Server Addresses" (RFC 1877), which will allow it to communicate directly with Windows NT RAS. Currently, Macs have problems when connecting to a NT RAS server that has been set to MS-CHAP, a type of PPP authentication.

Our source also indicated that Mac OS 8.2 will include Open Transport 2.0, which will offer improved DHCP that will give Mac better compatibility with Windows NT, as well as the ability to script AppleTalk and TCP/IP. Open Transport 2.0 will replace the current ARA 2.1 and OT/PPP with ARA 3.1, which will handle all remote connections.

There was no word as to when ARA 3.1, Open Transport 2.0, or Mac OS 8.2 would ship. Apple declined to comment.

New Tip: Fixing the disappearing icons NT Service Pack 3 doesn't fix. 4/7/98 -- Consultant Greg Barry has sent us a solution to the disappearing-icons problem that occurs when a Windows NT Server running Services for Macintosh crashes. While other disappearing-icons were fixed with NT Service Pack 3, this one is not. The problem has to do with SFM loosing indexes for the Mac volumes when NT crashes. Running chkdsk or any other disk management tool will not help. Several readers have asked us about this problem. You can find the fix at MacWindows Server Solutions.

Shareware software lets you use a PC mouse on a Macintosh. 4/7/98 -- Jeff Schwartz told us about Serial Mouse, a shareware control panel written by Charles Rentmeesters that lets you use a PC mouse connected to one of your Mac's serial ports. You can download Serial Mouse 1.0.1 here, but the readme file says this version is from 1993.

GoMac 1.5 gives Mac OS a Windows-like start menu and Office 98, OS 8.0 support. 4/7/98 -- Proteron has released version 1.5 of GoMac ($19.95), its software that gives Mac OS a Windows-like start menu and program bar. GoMac 1.5 adds Office 98 integration. The new version has the "Platinum" appearance of Mac OS 8 and supports Apple's Control Strip technology. When Microsoft Office 98 is installed on the Mac, GoMac 1.5 adds a Microsoft Office 98 item in the Start Menu for easy access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You can download GoMac 1.5 to try it out.

NetDoublerNT and Quark don't mix. 4/6/98 -- Rob Simons of Toolbox Studios reports that Quark XPress prevents Asante's NetDoubler NT from running on Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3. Simons says he's been trying different versions of NetDoubler NT for a year without luck.

"I just tried NetDoubler 1.5.1 and encountered problems again with Quark [3.32]. Based on previous conversations with Asante Tech Support, Quark does some funny stuff when reading and writing it's documents. NetDoubler just can't take into account these quirks (no pun intended.) I was hoping 1.5.1 would fix the problem. But I still get Read/Write errors and I/O errors trying to save from Quark. Although it doesn't do it everytime, even when it does work the performance saving a Quark file is pathetic. Granted they have fixed the corruptions of Quark files (we use to get 1gb+ Quark documents.)"

New Solution: Freeware Mac emulator for Windows, Linux, NeXTStep. 4/6/98 -- We've added another product the MacWindows Solutions Operating Systems listings. vMac is a free Mac Plus emulator that not only runs on Windows, but on Linux, OS/2, and NeXTStep as well.

Beta of SheepShaver Mac Runtime for BeOS available for download. 4/6/98 -- SheepShaver , a Mac OS runtime environment for BeOS, is now available in a beta version for downloading. The beta requires BeOS Release 3 for PowerPC. SheepShaver can boot Mac OS 7.5.2 -to- Mac OS 8.1, and can run both 68000 and PowerPC code. It supports printing via AppleTalk and ethernet networking from within the Mac OS environment. You can also copy and paste text between Mac OS and Be OS sides. However, the creators warn that the beta may still have serious bugs at this point.

New QuickTime 3 FAQ. 4/6/98 -- Apple has posted a QuickTime 3 FAQ (article 22163) at its Technical Info Library. Apple recently released QuickTime 3 for Mac OS, Windows 95, and Windows NT (see News item of 3/31/98 below). The software supports Mac and Windows multimedia formats on both platforms.

Cross-platform fiber optic network introduced. 4/6/98 -- MacWeek reports that Transoft Technology will introduce high-end, cross-platform fiber optic network products that include PCI cards for Windows NT, Macintosh, and Silicon Graphics workstations. The MacWeek story reports that the network would be suitable for broadcasting video at 100 Mbytes per second.

Lemke Software releases GraphicConverter 3.2. 4/3/98 -- Lemke Software has released version 3.2 of GraphicConverter ($35), a shareware utility that converts Mac and PC graphics file formats. GraphicConverter imports about 100 graphic file formats exports in about 40 graphic file formats. The new version adds QuickTime 3.0 qtif format, bug fixes, and speed improvements. You can download GraphicConverter 3.2. GraphicGonverter has been added to the MacWindows Translator Solutions page. (Thanks to Jim Kelly for bringing it to our attention.)

Virutal PC, IPX, G3 problem doesn't apply to PowerBooks. 4/3/98 -- Steven Shepperd reports that he can connect to Netware IPX networks from Virtual PC 2.0 or 2.0 on his PowerBook G3. He uses the Novell Client 32 interface as opposed to Microsoft's implementation of NetWare networking.

Virtual PC 2.0, IPX, and G3 still no go. 4/1/98 -- Several readers have been reporting that they cannot get IPX (Novell Netware) networking to work under Virtual PC 2.0 on Power Macintosh G3 systems. We previously reported that the VPC version 1.0.x and SoftWindows 95 4.0 had the same problem, but that VPC 2.0 and SoftWindows 95 5.0 were expected to fix it. If you had success or failure with G3/IPX/VPC 2.0 or SW95 5.0, please let us know.

New entrees to Network Solutions for IP file sharing. 4/1/98 -- We've added AppleShare IP and OpenDoor Shareway IP Gateway to the MacWindows Network Solutions list. AppleShare IP allows file sharing over AppleTalk and TCP/IP, and Windows users can access AFP servers via a web browser. AppleShare IP also includes a web server and other Internet features.

Shareway IP enables a Mac client to log onto a Windows NT Server via TCP/IP instead of AppleTalk. Also enables Windows users to access AppleShare-compatible servers via TCP/IP and a web browser. Shareway Professional, released at the end of February, is an advanced version that supports multiple AFP servers from a single Macintosh over IP.

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