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CDIconKiller_1.5.sit (17.18 KB)
MD5: ba08b4c6c935b9ae068148a24d1a2d49
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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CDIconKiller_1.4.hqx (57.96 KB)
MD5: ac76309817de06b689205335180ef424
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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CDIconKiller_1.3.3.hqx (57.11 KB)
MD5: bef795e2a923548e67cfb7d8ac7fd177
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
Guides on emulating older applications

CDIconKiller is an extension (later, a control panel) that suppresses custom icons for CDs, among other mounted volumes. It accomplishes this by turning off the custom icon bit for the root of the volume when it's mounted. Doing so is said to increase the speed of the Finder considerably when mounting removable media, at least according to its own documentation. To temporarily show the custom icons, hold down the Command key when opening a folder.

Versions 1.3.3 and 1.4 were each sourced from MacFormat Magazine 1997 cover CDs #50 and 52, respectively.

Version 1.3.3 (released in 1995) fixes an issue related to the Command-key shortcut functioning (as pointed out by Patrick Dyson). (1.3.4 merely converted things to CodeWarrior 7, along with updated documentation; no underlying code was re-written.) Packaged as an 800k Disk Copy 4.2 disk image, compressed with StuffIt 1.5.1, and encoded with Binhex 4.

Version 1.4 (released in 1996) updated CDIconKiller so as to run as a "fake" control panel, in order to patch only the Finder. It also removed icon suppression for floppy disks, as well as networked disks, as the bit flip that enables this feature is permanent when used on writable media, and this feature was really only ever intended for locked/non-writable media (such as CD-ROMs) that would return to normal on eject. (1.4.1 added support for Optima Technologies CD-R Access, and also converted the code to CodeWarrior 11.) Packaged as an 800k Disk Copy 4.2 disk image, compressed with StuffIt 1.5.1, and encoded with Binhex 4.

Version 1.5 (released in 1997) is the last available version of CDIconKiller. It can also be downloaded from the author's website. Version 1.5 was optimized to work with Mac OS 8, and also fixed an issue that could cause a crash when File Sharing is being started (as pointed out by Alessandro Levi Montalcini).

Architecture: 68k

If updating from an older version of CDIconKiller to 1.4 or later, remove the old version in the Extensions folder first before installing the newer version (which should be placed in the Startup Items folder, according to the documentation).

"There is one known interference with Now Utilities 6.5, reported by Howard Chansky. A type 10 Finder error occurs every time he tries to place an item using the Now Folder Menu feature. The crash used to occur with Now 5 and 6 too."

Also regarding v1.4, there is a bug that may occur in SSW 7.5.5 whereby the Launcher may fail to open at boot time, even when the appropriate setting in General Controls is checked on. To work around this (as well as a similar issue with Silverlining/Silver Volumes) rename CDIconKiller (or an alias of it) to "zCDIconKiller" so that it loads after the Launcher at startup.

In Mac OS 8.1, turning on Balloon Help from the Finder will cause a crash. Turning on Balloon Help from any other application will work correctly.

If using Finder View Settings simultaneously, make sure you are using version 1.2 of Finder View Settings.

CDIconKiller does not work with Mac OS 9 at all. It does not cause any problems, but also doesn't do anything, and should be removed if upgrading from an earlier system.


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by lilliputian - 2020, June 6 - 1:11am

@mrdav: You uploaded 1.5, beat me to it!