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Inside Macintosh: Operating System Utilities /


Chapter 9 - Start Manager

This chapter describes the system initialization and system startup process performed by the Macintosh computer. It describes the Start Manager, which lets you specify a few global settings that affect the startup process, and it describes initialization-dependent code, such as system extensions, that the system runs while starting up the computer.

You should read this chapter if you are developing a device driver or other code that is installed at some point during the system initialization and startup process, or if you want to use the Start Manager routines.

This chapter begins with a description of the initialization and startup process performed on Macintosh computers. It then


Chapter Contents
System Initialization and Startup
System Initialization
System Startup
Boot Blocks
Global Timing Variables
About the Start Manager
Using the Start Manager
Writing a System Extension
Profile of a System Extension
Defining the User Interface for a System Extension
Creating a System Extension's Resources
Creating Icons for a System Extension
Creating a System Heap Zone Resource for a System Extension
Building a System Extension
Start Manager Reference
Data Structures
The Default Startup Device Parameter Block
The Default Video Device Parameter Block
The Default Operating System Parameter Block
Routines
Identifying and Setting the Default Startup Device
Identifying and Setting the Default Video Device
Identifying and Setting the Default Operating System
Getting and Setting the Timeout Interval
Summary of the Start Manager
Pascal Summary
Data Types
Routines
C Summary
Data Types
Routines
Assembly-Language Summary
Data Structures
Trap Macros
Global Variables

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