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Dec 13, 2000, 10:17 PM
 
I have to make this question for the great wisdom that circles this forum...
How should I proceed about turning extensions on and off? Trying one by one and seeing what happens?
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Dec 13, 2000, 11:56 PM
 
I take it that you have some sort of conflict? Do you have some suspicion about what's causing it? If you post the symptoms, maybe someone can suggest the cause of the problem and you can check it that way. The alternative is to do it by hand, as you suggest, except maybe not so bit by bit--why not turn off half the extensions and see what happens, for instance, and then half of the remaining half, and so on. Otherwise, you might consider using the trial version of Conflict Catcher, which you can download from http://www.casadyg.com/. It used to be that the trial version was fully functional for a short period of time, and I imagine that's still the case. If you go this route, you can start a conflict test by pressing command-T
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Dec 14, 2000, 12:18 AM
 
my problem is not a conflict. I'm just trying to make my OS run lighter... I need to know wich extension need to stay on for my system work right, and wich doesn't... but thanx anyway

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Dec 14, 2000, 01:03 AM
 
Check out Extension overload, http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=1519. It's not as good a utility as it seems to be because it doesn't answer the question you ask, at least not directly, but it does provide lots of info on what you've got in your HD.

By the way, the easiest way to do what you want is to go to the OS base option and then add things you know you'll need, like printer drivers. If you run any MS app, it will load you up with all sorts of extensions. That's ok with me since I like what the extensions do for usability, but it's one of the reasons why MS is suspect. Often it's impossible to know what you've let yourself in for.
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Dec 14, 2000, 03:38 AM
 
I understand what you mean. Actually my question was too... "abstract"
Your answer was VERY VERY helpfull!! I'm going to spend some time on it right now! Thanx

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Dec 14, 2000, 08:35 AM
 
After a while, you'll get to know what extensions to turn on or off.

extension overload is really good for this. sometimes the info is a bit old though. but still
     
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Dec 14, 2000, 09:46 AM
 
jeronimo:

CAUTION!! - slimming down the system now is becoming a real crap shoot.

Just one example (but there are others) - for Stuffit DeLuxe to work right, Multiusers must be
present in your system - it doesn't have to be active, it just has to be there!

Neither Extensions Overload n'or Conflict Catcher show this information. I have slimmed down
my system for years, but with OS 9.0.4 I wasted a lot of time reinstalling things I had trashed, and then
discovered were needed.

Would strongly suggest you simply disable the items you think are not needed, then if you discover
problems you can simply enable them again.

By the way, turning off the Memory Check at startup no longer saves any time - used to be recommended
as a speedy startup tip.

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Dec 14, 2000, 11:05 AM
 
WDL is right, as I found out the hard way when my new version of StuffIt wasn't working as it should. It was the Multiple Users stuff that was the problem. Go figure
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Dec 14, 2000, 11:17 AM
 
There's another shareware catalog of what extensions are for out there. It's called Inform INIT. No doubt there is much crossover with Extension Overload, and differences. "Two heads are better than one" as the saying goes.
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Dec 14, 2000, 02:35 PM
 
I'm using Extensions Overload right now and it's helping me a lot. I'm not planning to delete any of the disabled extension right now... The last extension I delete, stayied for months disabled... so I'm being carfully with this stuff. I'm going to look for the INIT stuff... Thanx

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