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G3 serious 1998 operates only with extension off at start it was a gift from friend.

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Depending on the operating system version,which if you are booting with extensions off,is 9.x or lower,it might not even be worth it to troubleshoot, just install a clean copy of Mac OS 10.3 that you can get on ebay for like $25,that way you won't have any issues with whatever the problem is now, All of your friend's info will be gone so you can start fresh,and it will be compatible with many more programs. Apple dropped support for OS9 about 7 years ago now, and near the end of the g4's,they couldn't even boot into OS9 anymore.

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This has always been a tedious problem to solve. The best advice I can give you is to use the law of halves, create an "Extensions Disabled" folder next to the "Extensions" folder. Move half of the extensions into this folder and restart. If that helped put half of them back, if it didn't help, remove half the remaining active ones. By repeating this process you can rather quickly ascertain which is the problem extension with just a few restarts. Say you have 120, then 60, then 30, then 15, then 8, then 4, then 2, then solved. From this example you could deduce the exact culprit from 120 possibles with just eight restarts.

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