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Fixit 18. Check for Problems with Extens... > To use Conflict Catcher to disable s...

To use Conflict Catcher to disable startup extensions at startup, do one of the following:

  • Hold down the space bar at startup. This interrupts the startup process at the point that Conflict Catcher's extension loads. The Conflict Catcher window will appear. At this point, you can make any changes you wish. To disable all extensions, simply select Disable All Startup Files from the Active Sets pop-up menu (or alternatively select one of the Mac OS sets, if desired). Then click the Continue Startup button. Later in this section, we will explain how to be more selective about what you turn on and off.

  • Use another Conflict Catcher shortcut. Conflict Catcher offers numerous startup shortcuts. Engaging the Caps Lock key does the same thing as holding down the Space Bar. If you forget to do either of these two things in time, press Command-R at any point that the remaining extensions are loading. This forces an immediate restart, giving you a second chance to access Conflict Catcher. Command-P pauses the startup process until you press Command-P again; just in case you need some time to think about what you want to do.

One other option: with Conflict Catcher, you can assign a letter to each set. Holding down that letter at startup will select that set. For example, to do this for Mac OS Base, selected "Edit Sets" for the Sets menu. Then select Mac OS Base, and click Modify. This will bring up another window, where there will be an option to define "Set Activates by Startup Key." Type in the desired character ("b" for example). Close the windows. Now the next time you start up, if you hold down the b key at startup, it will automatically select the Mac OS Base extension set. Just remember to revert back to your full set when you are done experimenting. (Conflict Catcher does have an additional option to define a set as a Default set, so that it will automatically load the next time to restart normally, even if it was not the set you selected previously).


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