October 26, 2007
Kick-off!® is an automatic crash detection and recovery system. Using a combination of hardware and software, Kick-off! watches USB Macs for system and application crashes, and automatically restarts the computer when they occur. To learn more about Kick-off!, check out the Help system on the Kick-off! CD, or click the "?" button in the Kick-off! control panel.
Kick-off! 1.7 introduces a rewritten background engine that improves compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 and later, adds the ability to control Rebound!'s crash detection settings from AppleScript, and includes some minor user interface tweaks and bug fixes. Version 1.7.1 fixes some minor bugs.
Kick-off! 1.7.2 is free to owners of Kick-off! 1.5 or later.
The current version of the Kick-off! software can be found on our web site at
The "OS X" Kick-off! 1.7.2 software requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher.
The "Classic" Kick-off! 1.7.2 software requires Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x. It also requires that your system has CarbonLib 1.4 or later. The current version of CarbonLib will automatically be installed by the Kick-off! installer if necessary.
The Kick-off! hardware works on any desktop Macintosh with a built-in USB port. It may work with some USB upgrade cards, but this configuration is not guaranteed. It can be connected to a USB hub. May not be compatible with some models of PowerBook or iBook. Use with a flat-panel iMac or PowerBook requires a set of adapter power cables (available separately).
Power failure restarting works with Mac models that support keyboard startup. As of this writing (December 2004), these models include PowerMac G4s made before September 2002, and iMacs made before September 2000. Later models, including the LCD iMac G4, G5 and XServe, do not support keyboard startup.
IMPORTANT: Kick-off! 1.7.2 requires an activator code to function. Kick-off! units sold since 5/14/2002 include this code, but older units will need to be upgraded. Owners of previous versions can purchase the upgrade for $35 from our web site. For more information, see our online order form:
Refer to the Quick-Start guide that came with your unit to install your Kick-off! hardware. If you have lost this, you can find the instructions in the online help system in the Kick-off! application.
Software for Mac OS X
To install Kick-off!, simply copy the "Kick-off!" application from the disk image (if you downloaded it from our web site) or folder (if you're using the CD). You may place it in any location you choose, such as the Applications folder.
Then open the "Kick-off!" application. A dialog box will appear asking if you wish to install the background software. Click "Install" (or "Update" if a previous version was already installed). No restart will be necessary.
To uninstall Kick-off!, remove the "PowerKey" folder found in /Library/StartupItems, and restart your computer. If you wish, you may also remove the Kick-off! application, but this is not necessary. (Tip: You can reinstall Kick-off! at any time by opening the application as described above. As long as you did not remove the preferences, your schedule will be restored.)
Software for Mac OS 8.6-9.x
To install Kick-off!, double-click on the "Install Kick-off!" icon that you downloaded from our web site or found on the CD. Click "Install" to install the software. After installation, your computer will be restarted.
To uninstall Kick-off!, remove the "PowerKey Extension" in the system's Extensions folder, and restart your computer. If you wish, you may also remove the Kick-off! control panel, but this is not necessary. (Tip: You can reinstall Kick-off! at any time by either replacing the "PowerKey Extension", or running the installer again. As long as you did not remove the preferences, your schedule will be restored.)
In order to use Kick-off!'s crash recovery features, you must configure your Energy Saver control panel to restart after a power failure.
Mac OS X: From the Apple menu, select "System Preferences..." Click the "Energy Saver" icon. Then click the "Options" tab, and check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.
Mac OS 9.1-9.x: From the Apple menu, select "Control Panels -> Energy Saver". Click the "Advanced Settings" tab. Check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.
Mac OS 8.6-9.0.x: From the Apple menu, select "Control Panels -> Energy Saver". Select "Server Settings..." from the "Preferences" menu. Check the "Restart automatically after a power failure" box.
To configure your crash detection settings, open the "Kick-off!" control panel application. An extensive help system is available from the "Help" menu or by clicking the "?" icon in the window.
1.7.2b1 -- 10/26/07
1.7.1 -- 1/10/05
1.7 -- 12/23/04
1.6 -- 10/24/03
1.5.3 -- 3/14/03
1.5.2 -- 1/2/03
1.5 -- 5/10/02
First OS X release. Completely rewritten to use the PowerKey engine.
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Bothell, WA 98041-0727
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