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is os 9 inherently more stable than 8.6?
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Nov 13, 2000, 02:33 PM
 
is os 9 inherently more stable than 8.6? i seem to crash a lot more at home with my blue G3 / os 8.6 than i do at work with my G4 / os 9.04

could it be the expanded USB support in 9.04 making the difference? i use USB devices on both machines and occaisionally lose control of my mouse prior to a crash in 8.6

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Nov 13, 2000, 09:55 PM
 
OS's 8.6 and 9.04 (bar 9.1...) are the most stable MacOS's that have been released.
You shouldn't have problems with either of them.
I would suggest you try the standard troubleshooting routines, as your common problems on 8.6 don't seem particularly normal.
USB is a good place to start with the blame...
What peripherals do you have connected via USB?
The keyboard isn't plugged into a USB hub is it? (thats a bad idea...)

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Nov 13, 2000, 10:09 PM
 
nope, the keyboard is connected directly to the mac.

logitech mouse (with new drivers) is connected to the keyboard

only other peripherals are my firewire external drive and a scsi card. (adaptec 2906)

think that plugging the mouse directly into the tower will help?

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Nov 14, 2000, 03:35 AM
 
No, don't think so.
You shouldn't have to do that anyway
Hm... think the boss would notice if you swapped the G4 for the B&W?
Just switch over the coloured panels, etc.
Have you done all the usual stuff to it? (rebuild desktop, zap PRAM, trash prefs, etc...)

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Nov 14, 2000, 08:32 AM
 
Have you done all the usual stuff to it? (rebuild desktop, zap PRAM, trash prefs, etc...)
everything but the prefs. that slipped my mind. thanks for the suggestions- i was getting kinda frustrated.

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Nov 17, 2000, 12:47 PM
 
Could the new mouse driver be the cause? Has the old drivers been re-installed and tested out? Newest isn't always best. I just found that out on a scanner driver.

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Nov 21, 2000, 12:36 PM
 
The answer is NO.
Plain and simple.
I support Macs for a living and there is no way in H#ll Mac OS v9 is more stable than 8.6.

The MacOS is inherently unstable by design up until Mac OS X. OS 9 aggravates this by introducing a new file system which breaks may older 3rd party products. Second to X, 8.6 is the best bet for consistent stability when using a wealth of 3rd party apps and extensions.

PS: One thing i'll give it: OS 9's USB implementation *is* superior to OS 8.6 - this may explain your better mileage with 9 at work.

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Nov 21, 2000, 01:15 PM
 
wow, that is what i call a decisive answer. thanks!

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