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I have PowerMac G3 (beige) - 3 of them, and PowerMac 9600/200

-- After installing Mac OS 9, problems, problems.  Some errors say that "you need to update the program for more compavbility to the system" - some freezes, etc.  should I continue to upgrade to 9.0.2/9.04  or downgrade it back to 8.6 where it had no problems?

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Keep going to 9.0.4 which is due out today sometime. It appeared last nite but apple took it offline. There are some compatibility issues around 9.x and older software but once those are resolved its much more stable than 8.6 ever was. Im guessing the program that says its needs updating is either ATM Deluxe or Toast 4? ATM has an update to 4.5 with os9 compatibility and toast 4 has an update thats imminent.

You may want to make a backup of your systems and give them all fresh installs of software. It does sound like there are more issues than just OS9 as OS9 by itself wont cause crashes. Remember that a fresh system with no extra addons will rarely if ever crash. There is very likely something else mucking about in there that shouldnt be, and its causing issues.

Also its a good idea to have a copy of Norton Utilities around as no computer will run smoothly for very long without it.
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ATM has been updated to 9.5.2, several programs are OS 9 - compatible.

Yet, it still says ATM needs to be upgraded to make it more compatible.. HUH?  I have already updated it!  Other programs are having the domino effect.
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It sounds like youve need a good clean system. In theory youre supposed to wipe a drive and give it a fresh start once a year. Im guessing its been a while for those machines. Once ATM is updated it should no longer ask so something beyond ATM and OS9 is wacky. Have you run norton on it lately? Its not a replacement for a fresh system but it certainly wont hurt.
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Finally nailed the problem!!!!!!

I reformatted my G3 again, and installed 1 by 1 software.. it was doing fine. AOL was happy, CuSeeMe happy, etc...

I installed MouseWorks, no problem (I have a turbo mouse).

Then when I was getting ready to get on CuSeeme for my talks with deaf people ( i am deaf), I realized I forgot to install the camera software (Quickcam [I know I know]) Installed that (It's Color Quickcam).

Then AOL and CuSeeme switched faces on me and growled.  I called on my back up and restored everything to 8.6.  and left a nasty email to LogiTech to hurry up with their updates.

Thanks all. =)

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