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scaught Aug 8, 2001 06:31 PM
my computer is acting slow....
whenever i type...be it in a browser window or an email or an AIM window, it inputs the text really slow, other actions (opening a pulldown menu, minimizing or maximizing a window) occur normally. why is it doing this? help!

imac 600mhz, OS9.1, 512mb ram, etc.
 
Cipher13 Aug 8, 2001 08:39 PM
It seems you've got a background process running taking CPU idletime.
Perhaps.
Using the software Peek-A-Boo, could you list the running processes?

I'll talk you through it on AIM if possible.

Other causes for this are low system memory (not likely in your case), and it can also be brought on by using OSX... ;)
 
scaught Aug 8, 2001 10:45 PM
hmm. i think shes all better after a restart, but whats a software peek a boo?
 
Cipher13 Aug 9, 2001 12:02 AM
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Originally posted by scaught:
<STRONG>hmm. i think shes all better after a restart, but whats a software peek a boo?</STRONG>
Peek-A-Boo is a program which allows you to see all processes running (appl, appe, init, etc), which are 'invisible', or background processes - such as your printers printmonitor, and other things.

It allows you to launch and terminate processes - no need to reboot to activate an extension - use PAB to load it.

One of the coolest features though is it allows you to control the CPU time given to apps - their priority.

I, for exmaple, tell PAB to give my DNET Client the highest priority; when sending email, Netscape gets the lowest so it doesn't bog down the computer.

And so forth...
Sound like a temporary memory issue (system heap?) problem if a restart fixed it.
 
<anonymous> Aug 9, 2001 10:18 AM
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By Cipher: 'It allows you to launch and terminate processes - no need to reboot to activate an extension - use PAB to load it.'
If that's true, I'll have to get that. Never heard of not having to reboot to ACTIVATE EXTENSIONS that were turned off during previous boot-up :eek:
 
chris v Aug 9, 2001 09:35 PM
I'll second that-- Peek-a-Boo's a pretty spiffy little program for shareware. I like the memory graph at the top, and it lists total free ram as well as largest unused block, and shows each app's location in ram, so if you need to free up a big chunk, you can figure out what to kill. It lists launch time, and total uptime for eveything, too. I last restarted my Cube 3 days, 1 hour, 7 minutes, and 2 seconds ago.

CV
 
<anonymous> Aug 10, 2001 12:25 PM
I was kinda kidding before, Peek-A-Boo indeed sounds great, but not sure it can activate disabled extensions on-the-fly like that (without rebooting). I use 'Memory Mapper' which can do almost as much as PAB, but is a slightly better value.
 
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