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ArcView does not run on a Mac G3 running OS 8.1, even when no other programs are installed. ArcView installed without problem, but when it is initialized, a type 2 error message occurs. ArcView runs successfully on non-G3 machines running 8.1.
It appears to be a hard drive partition issue.
Try partitioning the hard drive into two separate, equal-size drives. Keep the system on one drive and install ArcView on the other.
This may not work in all situations.