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Since I upgraded to OS8, I've been getting a lot of type 2 errors and
out-of-memory-errors in Netscape, along with an occasional type 1 error.
It seems to happen most when I've been chatting online or viewing lots
of pictures. In fact, it always happens in those cases, usually when I
try to switch to a different site. I've tried increasing Netscape's
memory partition, which doesn't help. I've tried it with and without VM;
doesn't seem to matter.

An oddity: I sometimes get type 2 errors in MacFIBS, an online
backgammon application. This makes me think the trouble has something to
do with my connection, rather than my software.

Any ideas?

I've got a Power Mac 6100/66 with 40 MB of RAM (this should be plenty,
yes?), Netscape 3.02 and 3.01 (both have the same problem), no Ram
Doubler or Speed Doubler, a Teleport Gold 14.4 modem, with a printer and
scanner attached.
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Upgrade to Netscape Communicator 4.X. It fixed LOTS of those errors and actually requires LESS memory to run. Ive been running OS 8 and communicator 4 for months and have had maybe 2 errors total. Netscape 3.x was notorious for those errors in any case.
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I upgraded to Nav 4.03 standalone, not realizing it didn't include e-mail or news functions. It does use less memory than 4.03, but it runs more slowly and I get a lot of Java errors. I'll try Comm 4.x, and we'll see if that helps. So far, though, I'm not impressed with my upgrade.
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OK, I've used Communicator 4.04 for a couple of days. It does use a lot less memory than Nav 3.02, but it seems to have caused some benign weirdness that maybe you can explain.The past two times I've started up my computer, the command line has disappeared. When I click on File, Edit or whatever, it responds normally, so it's just a screen anomaly. I sometimes get a similar thing in Communicator; the command lines goes gray, but it still operates normally. Any idea what's going on here?
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hmmm....since its happening both in and out of navigator id say you need to run norton disk doctor. It usually clears whacky things like that up.
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After using Communicator 4.04 for a week or so, I pronounce it adequate. And I'll take that, after reading in the newsgroups about some of the nightmares other Netscape users are having (my former memory problems seem puny by comparison). And running Norton sounds like a good idea. Thanks, Weed! Enjoy your points.
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