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USB/Firewire cards (or chipsets) that work in the TAM

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#101 ArmorAlley

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 10:15 AM

I came across this just now on  the Macintosh Garden: http://macintoshgard...date-version-13


Sonnet Tango/Tempo Firmware Update (Version 1.3)

I (handle = weasel) have SUCCESSFULLY tested this patch with my Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM), running Mac OS 9.2.2, and an older Sonnet Tango/Temp combo card (Tango 2.0 — which I recently purchased used on eBay. A picture of the type of card I have is also uploaded. I suspect that this firmware update will work on a whole generation of older Sonnet Tango-series USB/FW combination cards!

Without this firmware update, the Mac only recognizes this card as some sort of "PCI Bridge", but neither USB nor Firewire devices work with it.

WITH this firmware update, so far the USB functionality works fine. Will test Firewire and update later.

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#102 trag

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 07:14 PM

Does that update the firmware on the Tango card or on the 20th Anniversary Mac?    Most (all?) USB/Firewire combo cards do not have on-board firmware.   They rely on drivers loaded by the OS.

#103 omidimo

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:32 PM

It patches the system, and has to be reapplied if the PRAM is zapped. 

So many Mac to collect, so little shelf and/or storage space!

On the lookout for more Mac towers. 

#104 Trash80toHP_Mini



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:32 AM

Is that patch for 6400/6500 as well as TAM?

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#105 trag

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:45 AM

Ah, so it's an Open Firmware thingamajigger that lives in the NVRAM.   I wish I felt that it was worth the effort to learn Open Firmware, so I could decode the thing and figure out what it's doing.  Because I want to know what it's doing, but I don't want to expend the amount of effort it would take to find out....

#106 EvilCapitalist

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 12:32 PM

I'll have to check but if that's the same version I have at home it didn't work the Tango 2.0 I tried, but it looks like from your photo that you've got one of the strange Tango 2.0s that was really a Tempo Trio minus the IDE controller/ports.

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#107 omidimo

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 08:13 PM

The patch was for x500/TAM primarily as the x400s played nicer.


The Tango (Trio Style) cards shipped with different chipsets, so that could be the reason for the issues. 

So many Mac to collect, so little shelf and/or storage space!

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