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Driver Education

Steve Kalkwarf writes "We received about a dozen Macintosh Classics earlier this year. I discovered that if I had them on an AppleTalk network with machines of any other type, they would crash when I connected to them with Apple's Likewise network distribution software (the best $150 I ever spent). If they were the only machines powered up, everything worked fine. Last night I found the problem. Apparently Apple took a bunch of their System 6 Macs and installed System 7 WITHOUT UPDATING THE HARD DISK DRIVER. When I unboxed the machines, I noticed the boxes had been opened and retaped, and one box had a serial number label (from the outside of the box) on the inside of the box that listed System 6 as the installed system. Running the 7.0.1 HD Setup program and updating the driver cleared everything up. If any TidBITS readers are having bizarre problems with Classics that came with System 7 installed, I'd check the driver."

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