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Delayed response to typing on screen

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When on-line in Netscape I often get a delayed response to
my typing - the cursor is always playing catchup.  I've turned off the extensions and this has no effect.  What is
causing this delay?

It ONLY happens when I'm on-line - it does not happen when I'm offline in other applications like Word or Excel so I don't think that it's a system/disk problem.
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The problem can be caused by Netscape itself. Netscape wants  you to be online during doing something and maybe it's doing something using your connection to the Internet (normally your modem connection). If this connection is very slow there may be a problem. I have no other idea about that. If this happens during no connection to the Internet then I don't know any answer.

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Turning off extensions doesn't always guarantee that an extension isn't causing the problem, because there are still some that the system uses. However, you can also look elsewhere. If you turned off extensions then you could not have run Netscape, as it needs various extensions to run, so the problem must be within the system itself. Do you run any sort of macro program? That competes for RAM with your software and can slow it down. Here are the things that normally diagnose and correct this sort of problem:

1. Rebuild the desktop by holding down the command and option keys on startup - even better, use Techtool to do so. If that doesn't clear it....

2. Run Norton's Disk Doctor over the drive and ensure that there are no errors on the drive.

3. Do a system reinstall to guarantee that all the essential software is running properly. If that doesn't clear it....

4. Temporarily remove all fonts from the system file except for the ones required by the system. If everything works well, then you may have a corrupted font, and you can test this by putting them back in 3 at a time and rebooting, and see which ones cause the problem.

If none of these works, then reject this answer but give more information about your Mac and the system you are running on.

Good luck,

Rifty

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Edited text of question
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Sorry, silbie, that posting didn't work. Please post your comment again.

Rifty
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Maybe you should just cut and paste the comment you want to make into the dialog box, leaving everything else out. Something seems to be not working. Not sure what it is but you can see the results onscreen.

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Hi Rifty,

it seems you don't understand the system "Edited text of question" meens that the text of the question above was changed and the system just adds a comment for that so that you should look at the changed question.

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Re - thanks for that!  Duh! I never did look back at the original screen. Apologies to anyone getting unnecessary reminders in their email box.

Right: to the question. It only happens when online, so this means that keystrokes (and other things, possibly) are being echoed, which in turn means that we now need information about the system you are running, the PPP program you are using, and anything else that might be relevant to your online operations - even the version of Netscape.

Cheers,

Rifty

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My system is a Performa 578 8/320
with 68040 processor.  I am using PPP 2.5v2.  I have a SupraFax Modem 288 which I have flash upgraded to 33.  I am using Netscape 3.  This is a relatively new
problem - since upgrading the modem, zapping the PRAM, rebuilding the desktop, etc.  I would love to know what is causing it all of a sudden.
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Yes, I doubt if rebulding the desktop etc in this case would do anything. If you really want to test this out, you need to deinstall *everything* to do with Netscape 3 (especially get rid of Netscape 3's preferences!) and install a copy of Netscape 2, and see whether it is affected in the same way as Netscape 3. If it runs OK, then you can do one of two things. Either you can stay with Netscape 2, (which to my mind is a far better program unless you have something very specific to do with Netscape 3's enhancements) or you can reinstall Netscape 3 after trashing everything to do with Netscape 2. That way, the problem with your version of Netscape 3 might disappear.

If both versions of Netscape are similarly affected, then get in touch with me at janette@sizzling.com

Rifty
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