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Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) - Tips Section
How To Do A Clean Install
Posted By: Byron Hinson
Last Updated: February 12th 2003
Tip Difficulty Level: Novice


How This Tip Works

Jaguar includes a Safe Boot procedure. At startup it disables all non-essential text files (stored in /System/Library/Extensions) and third-party Startup Items (located in /Library/StartupItems). This is very useful if one of these items has become corrupt and is preventing a normal startup.

To perform a Safe Boot, hold down the Shift key at startup immediately after you hear the chimes. Keep holding it until the Mac logo appears on the screen. If you were successful, the words "Safe Boot" should now appear in the logo box. You can now release the Shift key.

The advantage of a Safe Boot is that it can circumvent a startup crash or kernel panic that one of these files might trigger if it tried to load. Once you have succeeded in starting up, you can locate the problem file and remove it from its folder. If you have no idea which file is the culprit, suspect recently added and/or third-party files. Once you disable the guilty party, you can restart normally. Contact the vendor of the file for further advice.


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