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OS9 turns 7200 into snail
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John L. Bill
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Jan 5, 2000, 11:20 PM
I recently installed OS9 on my 7200/90, and it is so slow that my machine is almost unusable for running QB Pro and faxing with Global Fax Software. I try to fax a purchase order or anything else from Quickbooks,using Global Fax, and it takes about 2.5 minutes before the machine even dials the phone #. When I go to log on to the machine using the multible users panel, it takes a minute or so before the machine responds. I have 94 megs of ram installed, virtual memory turned on.Can anyone help me with this? I am about to go back to OS8.6 I use this machine to run my small business, and this slowness issue is killing me. Thanks, John.
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Jan 5, 2000, 11:30 PM
Do you absolutely need to use Multiple Users?

There are reports that Multiple Users really slows machines down.
John L. Bill
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Jan 6, 2000, 11:02 AM
Thanks for the tip. I turned off Multiple users, and it does work a little faster.
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Jan 6, 2000, 09:00 PM
Ouch. os9 on a 7200/90? I cant even imagine how horrible that would be

Seroiously though, I'd just go back to 8.6. It's more stable, and doesnt have nearly as much bloat. I got os9 just because it came with my computer when I got it, but to be honest I would have been happier if it came with 8.6. There are far less problems.

I hope you didnt BUY os9 though. Not that I'm promoting piracy, but I mean it would suck if you actually bought it and its so bad on your machine that you just cant use it and have to go back to 8.6 But I guess you could always sell on ebay or something, probably get 40 or 50 bucks for it. So its not a total loss.
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Jan 7, 2000, 04:40 PM
You didn't mention how much RAM you have. If you only less than 32mb, it's time to upgrade. 9 would prefer 64mb as a minimum. It has 4 DIMM sockets, so you could upgrade it all the way to 512mb, if your wallet can take the strain...

You should also install a L2 cache. 256k is the smallest you can get, and I'd say 512k would be better, and 1mb is probably going to be overkill.

Bear in mind, though, that the 7200/90 was not the fastest Mac to begin with, but adding memory is probably the only way you're going to get 9 to speed up.

For more info on the 7200, check out Low-End Mac's page: http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/7200.shtml
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Jan 8, 2000, 09:33 AM
penginkun, he said he had 94mb of ram... i'm assuming when he said with virtual memory on he meant on top of 94 mb installed.

John... OS 9 Should be abit slower on your machine, compared to os 8.6 but not so slow that it takes 2 and a half minutes to connect... This suggests a problem somewhere else.

My tips are...

1/ Turn off virtual memory
2/ De frag the Hard disk
3/ As penginkun said, get L2 cache updated

Hope this helps.

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Jan 11, 2000, 09:44 AM
Even a current G3/350 is slow with multi-users, and ICeTEe can wreck havoc with menus taking forever. 7200/90 w/o VM turned on... but I would not invest $100 in 64MB unless you can't buy a used 7600 etc or iMac.

Considering the bugs still present in 8.6 and failure of DFA to correctly fix directories/catalog I would keep 9.0 if at all possible.

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