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Startup Items & Startup Order
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Feb 2, 2001, 07:16 PM
There's got to be a simple solution, but so far it has evaded me.

Is there a way to arrange the order of starting-up the items in the startup folder? Or even delaying one or two items to start up a few seconds after another one?

I have a few items that depend on other items in the folder in order to work right. For instance, I have my DSL "dialer" (MacPOEt) which starts up automatically and connects me to the internet. But it takes 2 - 3 seconds to do so.

But I also have Netscape and Outlook Express startup automatically. However, half the time, the internet connection has not yet been established, and both give me error messages. I have to click them away and sometimes restart the program in order to get the internet connection.

Hardly fatal -- but annoying.

If anyone has found a way around this little issue, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Clinically Insane
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Feb 2, 2001, 08:05 PM
There sure is. Its alphabetical. Put a space at the front of something to get it to load first. Or a number before each item, denouncing its order in the queue, 0-9.
A ` will load last.
Get what I mean?

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Feb 2, 2001, 10:53 PM
You can also drag them into the order you want in Conflict Catcher,


Open the Extensions folder (as an example) and rearrange the extensions by
dragging them into position.


[This message has been edited by WDL (edited 02-02-2001).]
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Feb 3, 2001, 08:58 AM
To change the order, do what Cipher said. Just chuck numbers in front of the names.

But if you want to delay something, then try making a little AppleScript with a delay in it.

tell application "Finder"
delay 10
open file "Outlook Express" of folder "Applications" of startup disk
end tell
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Feb 3, 2001, 09:01 AM
Yeah, thats good for delays. But you don't really need them... do the delays stop the computer? I can't remember.
Just let them go sequentially using one of these methods... AppleScripts are too slow to use to arrange items. But good for delaying (if they don't stop the comp).

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