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Extension Conflicts

Extension conflicts are among the most common causes of startup errors under Mac OS 9.2 and earlier. What exactly are extensions, and what makes them so discordant? Read on, dear reader, read on.

The Story of the Extensible Mac OS

Once upon a time, a company named Apple created a spiffy computer operating system—an operating system that featured a graphical user interface that included windows, menus, and a cute little trash can stuck down in the lower-right corner of the screen. When the operating system (and the Macintosh computer that housed it) were first released, the many-headed masses cried as one, “Oooh! Ultra-spiffy!” and stayed up all night making little black-and-white pictures with MacPaint.


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