Network bogging down..

We have a Mac network.  Server is a 7250 with 84 megs of ram, total of 9 gigs of storage space.  5 Macs (1 6100, 4 7600) and 1 PC (running COPSTalk to connect) are connected to it.  4 of the macs are running system 7.6; one is on OS 8.

We are getting SEVERE slowdowns -- almost all of our work is word processing, and MS Word sometimes takes minutes to save a 30k file.  I've tried everyhting I can think of, and can't isolate the problem.  

HELP!
kaimassAsked:
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TheHubCommented:
Backup the all machines and perform the following on all machines. This assumes that all the Macs are running OpenTransport 1.1.2, the server is on MacOS 8.0 running AppleShare IP 5.0.2, all the Macs TCP/IP and AppleTalk Control Panels are set to use ethernet and each has a unique IP addr.

Run Norton Disk Doctor 3.5.1.
Run Speed Disk 3.5.1 (cd-rom mastering).
Rebuild the desktop with TechTool.
Perform the equiv. on the DOS machine.
Call me in the morning.

You should also think about downloading the MacOS 8.1 update for the machien running MacOS 8.0.

-GoodLuck, TheHub
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FarfraeCommented:
Are you using built-in Ethernet? Have you run any anti-virus applications. (Possible Word virus)?
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jesusaliCommented:
All machines should be upgraded to OS 8.1. This will make trouble shooting easier. While upgrading, low level format and zero out all harddrives to HFS+. This will make it not necessary to use norton. But do rebuild the harddrive after the install is totally complete. Reinstall all third party ethernet drivers. Make sure shared folders are not set to display the size of files. Minize your fonts to the base nine and use a font utility like suitcase to open all the other extraneous fonts. If you can help it, use only the mac setup assistant's shared folder for networking.

Clean install word. Check the ram allotment to word. Do slow downs occur while not connected to the network?

Disable appleshare ip print server if you are using it and reset all desktop printers to direct network connections.

Consider adding or increasing caches to the machines which boost performance 20 to 30 percent in often repeated functions such as saving a file.

Switch to word 5.1 if possible. It runs like magic. Otherwise give 98 a try. Or download the auto start worm scanner utility and run it on word.
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