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I got a call from a client: their G4 running 10.2.8 was pinwheeling at the Finder desktop on startup, for no apparent reason. We tried various things over the phone, but I was starting to get that sinking feeling you have when you're in Cardiff and your client's in London, in a noisy record shop and none too technically-minded, and things aren't going the way they ought to be.

So I put down the phone and had a bit of a think, and then called back and started on a new tack. At which point I got him to check the CDROM drive, and out popped an Illustrator 7 CD - and then the G4 started up normally.

So, if you've got a Mac without Classic, and you stick a Classic Mac OS autostart CD in it, you may encouter some difficulties as the OS gets sent off to do a task it will never accomplish (I'd like to know how this affects 10.3).

Apart from anything else, yet another reason to ensure that you have a working installation of Classic on your Mac OS X machines.
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A startup crash with certain CDs and Classic-free Macs
Authored by: vilennon on Nov 25, '03 01:15:02PM

Does that disc try to access the 'auto launch' function in OS9?

OSX may be recognizing an autolaunch file/setting and trying to launch Classic, which would require it to look for Classic, etc. I can see how that would cause a nasty loop in the Finder.

Have you posted about this on Apple's OSX Feedback (http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback) page?



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A startup crash with certain CDs and Classic-free Macs
Authored by: slaeyer on Nov 25, '03 01:55:35PM

I can confirm the beachball of death at startup of a machine without a classic system folder but that's where my experience differs. I had no cd in the drive, nothing was loaded at all in fact, it was a complete reload - only thing I had done was to update from 10.3 to 10.3.1 and reboot. I'm not sure if these experiences were related or not, but it got me thinking so I posted

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A startup crash with certain CDs and Classic-free Macs
Authored by: mac4hire on Nov 25, '03 06:37:40PM

I've run into the situation - but found a way "around" it.

Simply make sure that you include "Drivers for OS 9" when you erase the disks in Disk Utility.

Do this and you're good to go.

I'm running OS X clean (no OS 9 or Classic) without a problem for a year now

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A startup crash with certain CDs and Classic-free Macs
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Nov 25, '03 07:52:57PM

The problem with some Macs sometimes not starting up when there's a removable disk in any removable media drive, is a longstanding one. This includes CDs, Zips, etc., under any version of Mac OS (8, 9, X), and on any Mac model. So, if this happens to you, check all your removable drives!



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A startup crash with certain CDs and Classic-free Macs
Authored by: judahb on Nov 26, '03 07:08:41AM
One quick thing that is good to note, is how to pop a CD out on startup. This helps in problems like this so that the mac doesn't read the CD first but spits it out. To pop the CD out at startup, press and hold the mouse button down.

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