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Old 04-27-2002, 11:16 AM
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Default Purpose of lean extension set

I'm curious about the purpose of the lean extension set for PTF. I've recently added 512 MB of RAM and wonder whether I know might add some extensions to the set I use to run PTF without introducing any problems.

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Old 04-27-2002, 02:39 PM
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John, the reasons for a lean ext. set are:

1. To avoid conflicts between exts that don't play nice with each other and
2. To help speed up the system by eliminating uneccessary drivers.

Extension conflicts can be a real nightmare to troubleshoot because sometimes you can have a three-way conflict, that is three that are fine with each other but put them all together and they fight. A program like Conflict Catcher or Extension Overload can help you find what does what and which ones conflict. The most common behavior problems are hangs, freezes and system errors. My general rule is when in doubt, turn it off. If the system needs something it will tell you with an alert box. The hard part is figuring out exactly what it needs. I also label my extension folder contents whenever installing new software. This way you can tell exactly what was installed in case you have trouble. BTW when you install software any extensions will be added to all your ext. manager sets so watch out.

Hope this helps. Back to yard work. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Old 04-27-2002, 04:49 PM
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Thanks for the info.

In an attempt to make my extension set as lean as possible I made a copy of the Mac OS Base set and then turned on 3 Digidesign extensions, the iMic extension (or is it a control panel?), 2 OMS extensions, the waveslib extension and the Restoration Lib (needed by my Waves demo plug-ins), a sound extension (or is it a control panel?) and the USB OMS MIDI driver extension. I was able to run PTF with that set just fine. Then I went to the Extensions Manager Preferences folder, made a copy of that lean exension set, and then locked the copy. I then launched Internet Explorer and it installed 25 or so extensions, not only into my active lean set, but also into the locked copy! How am I supposed to manage extensions if that sort of thing goes on? Do I have to make a copy of the lean set and save it in a folder other than the Extensions Manager Preferences folder? This all seems very strange to me.

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Old 04-28-2002, 10:15 AM
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I then launched Internet Explorer and it installed 25 or so extensions, not only into my active lean
set, but also into the locked copy! How am I supposed to manage extensions if that sort of thing goes on?
I see you've been zapped by the evil emperor Gates. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] Gotta love that M$.

This is why I label my sets. After you install go in there ( to your PTF set) and turn off any that aren't labelled. I also take a peek in there when I do my weekly sytem maint. You do run your utilities (DFA,Diskwarrior,Norton,DFA) on a regular basis, right? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 04-28-2002, 02:38 PM
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I'm not sure what you mean by labelling your sets.

And yes, I do run Norton Utilities (Disk Doctor and Optimize (defrag)) every week, followed by a backup. But I bet plenty of you out there haven't done that for months!

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Old 04-28-2002, 03:17 PM
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Correction: Disk Doctor, backup, THEN Speed Disk.

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