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my mac is playing up......

Posted by pjd-185342 - Created: 13 years ago
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Posted by C J Flynn - 13 years ago

Hi again. Some of the rudiments like resetting the parameter ram and rebuilding the desktop are probably in your manuals. OK, now that you have finished laughing, here are some URLs to scan over for the correct keystrokes to use.To begin though, mcs is the store in nice that I was referring to. They can also be found at http://www.mcs.fr as well as in le cannet (probably the people you weren't too fond of.And, something you said rang a bell when reading a couple of these sites. That is, you mentioned that things were never the same since you replaced your hard disk. It is possible that the person who did that didn't put in a new or uptodate driver appropriate for that hard disk. None of these steps are difficult, but replacing the driver on the hard disk is probably the most detailed. And none of these solutions preclude the others. Most of them should be done, including downloading a free versions of a program like Tech Tools. Oh my! it is all coming back to me. The later versions of OS9 (and you should be running 9.2) had a real good utility called Disk First Aid or something like that.OOOhhh! and more finally, before the links...make sure that you have a bunch of free space on your hard disk. It should be contiguous, and that is only going to be done with a utility like Norton.Meanwhile, do the easy stuff first. And don't forget to backup, early and often. Have fun, C Jhttp://helpdesk.princeton.edu/kb/display.plx?id=8856http://www.east-buc.k12.ia.us/Technology/tips.htmhttp://afterhoursconsulting.org/keycommands.mgihttp://www.ati.com/support/faq/macos/http://www.ati.com/support/faq/macos/macosconfigcommonkeyboardshortcuts.html

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Posted by Old Brit - 13 years ago

I agree with "lulu" and you should definitely get rid of Virex. It serves no useful purpose but has the potential to screw things up royally! I've been using Macs for 17 years, connected to the Internet for 9 years, and NEVER seen a Mac virus. Never had any form of "antivirus" software.

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Posted by lulu-183463 - 13 years ago

dunno if this will work but here is a suggestion:reboot your mac and keep the space bar pressed (while it's booting up) until you see the extension manager (an extension could be creating the conflict). from there, you'll see a menu or buttons for recovery or disk repair (i'm not exactly sure since it's been a while since using os 9. i'm on os x now). you will see a list of things to deactivate (uncheck) some choices like your antivirus protection, etc.... and you can do that to see if it's one of those things that is causing the conflict.otherwise, you might want to post your problem on some of the help forums for mac. here's one: http://www.macforce.com/ask/ and there's a small, local mac club to learn more about your mac. their site has some resources and is here: [url="http://www.macgamesandmore.com/sofamug.html"]SOFA Mac Users Group[/url]good luck. L

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Posted by pjd-185342 - 13 years ago

Thanks so much for the advice CJ Flynn. I got rid of the lock on the icon with your help but I'm afraid I'm a bit of a ludite (spelling?) and am completely perdu regards all the other stuff you suggest.I have tried the mac place in Le Cannet and wasn't exactly thrilled so I'd appreciate the address or number for the place you suggest in Nice. Otherwise if anyone knows of a Mac specialist (commercial or private) close to Grasse I'd be very grateful. Sounds like I need a good de-bugging......Kind regardsJudith

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Posted by C J Flynn - 13 years ago

It has been a while since I have had to debug a Mac running OS9, but I might remember something. Let's see. Click on the internet explorer icon on your desktop. Pull down "File" to "Show Info" (or do a Cmd-I). If I remember correctly, there is a box to turn on or off the "locked" status. That would explain the locked icon. (If the desktop icon is an alias, you might have to locate the real program icon to change the status, but that is straitforward.)There are a few housekeeping chores that should be done routinely on any computer, the Mac being no exception. Rebuilding the desktop, resetting the Parameter RAM, getting rid of cache files, letting Outlook Express rebuild its database, and other similar things should be done at least every few months. Running Norton or some other utility always freshens up things as well.I am using a 4 year old 400 MHz G3 Powerbook right now while my 3 year old PowerBook as at the repair shop. Since I have OSX running, I can't give more detail. But there should be someone out there who will help you for a reasonable fee. I have always found the people at MCS in Nice helpful.Finally, I don't think that you need worry that you are infected by some virus. The ones that people have to beware of are written for the Windows user and even opening them wouldn't put you at risk. (That doesn't mean that one won't be written tomorrow, or that you should discontinue your vigilance.) There just haven't been a virus for the Mac in a while, so I doubt if that is your problem. (While people may say that virus writers don't pay attention to the Mac because there are only a few dozen million systems out there, it is actually true that the Mac is inherantly less prone to the effects of virus because the operating system doesn't have the same type of exposed root structure.)Good luck.C J Flynn

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Posted by pjd-185342 - 13 years ago

Hi Old BritThanks so much for responding....Answers are: 233MHz, OS9, Explorer 5.1.7(5815), Outlook Express 5.02(2022).Honest, I've thought really hard and can't remember adding or changing anything lately...... EXCEPT (and isn't there always an exception) I was getting lots of messages saying Internet Explorer was running low on memory (a recent thing too) so I opened up Memory in the Control Panels and had a look. I switched Ram Disk on and then off again. I'm embarrassed to say I had no method in my madness. Bit of a "see what happens" thingie..... But that's all. I should say I had a hard drive die 2 years ago and had it replaced (here - bought the computer with me from Australia) and it has never been the same since.... I really appreciate you taking the time to help me.kind regards,Judith

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Posted by Old Brit - 13 years ago

OK, to save us from having to ask dozens of questions would you mind telling us your precise hardware and software setup. To start you off we'll need to know:G3 which processor? 233MHz, 266MHz, 300MHz, ....Which operating system(s)? OS9.2.2 perhaps? OS10.2.5 ?Which Internet Explorer version? Maybe 5.1.3 (OS9) or 5.2.3 (OSX)What have you changed, added or removed recently?(I know you say you haven't but think hard).

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Posted by pjd-185342 - 13 years ago

Sorry, that's Office98Its definitely a mac..... Powerbook G3

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Posted by Old Brit - 13 years ago

"Its a powerbook laptop from 1998...... Windows 98 "If it's running Windows, it ain't an Apple Mac!