0s8.1 in australia

have upgraded from 8.0 to 8.1 from a british macformat cd. seems ok but!
have Office 98 on and things seem SLOW and sometimes Word will freeze and crash. and pick up text from just about anywhere including cached files from the net (very embarrasing!) these files are then found in the trash!
Also what virtual memory should i have on to optimise office 98?  is it worth having a RAM cache on to file in?  The machine is a 7220/200 and no magazine has referred to it in any of the recent upgrade articles.  Can it be upgraded?  32meg of ram seemed enough once but need more for web authoring.  I am a rank amateur with this so please help  regards ishwara
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weedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
well first off 32 megs is DOABLE but youll probably want more. Secondly Office 98 IS slow. Microsoft tends to make shoddy products and word has been the culprit for many a crash since its inception. Third: the picking up of text from cached files (and other text) is a known bug in Office 98 and i BELIEVE there is a fix for it. I would check through the maze of microsofts website for the patch. It was released several months ago. Also check www.macfixit.com for news on it. As for virtual memory set it to as much as you want. For best performance set it to its bare minimum...33 megs in your case.
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ishwaraAuthor Commented:
Thanks weed, but would like someone to give me an address to pick up the patch.. its driving my wife bananas  (is this possible?) or if someone has saved it email it to me? (well, she wanted microsoft!) can anyone help?  Also need to know if the 7220/200 is upgradable and if so what do i need to get.
regards ishwara
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weedCommented:
http://www.versiontracker.com/searchVT.pl?SearchType=Search&SearchFor=office&SearchIn=ProgName.........go there for the patch...its the last one in the list..and no the 7220/200 is not upgradeable according to my notes. it uses a 603e chip which was low power consumption and specially made/soldered to the motherboard.
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ishwaraAuthor Commented:
many thanks will give it a go
regards ishwara
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ishwaraAuthor Commented:
Thanks weed, but my location and aged telephone lines won't stand loading a file of that size.. so oits off to the shop!  But are you saying i can't upgrade even RAM?  would like to... what are my options.. like i said the MacFormat and Macworld mags that i get don't even mention 7220/200...   over to you..ishwara.
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weedCommented:
yes you can certainly upgrade ram and HD capacity...however as far as the processor goes youre stuck at a 603e. you have 3 DIMM sockets (memory) so if you really wanted to you could put a 32MB in the first socket and 2 64's in the other 2....giving you ALOT of memory.
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ishwaraAuthor Commented:
Thanks weed,
so what would be the best option? I would like the machine to run more efficiently, would RAM help.. i priced out the DIMM- $387australian.. is this more than they cost in US?  and would one 64MB be OK for this machine... (shops are ready to sell anything!! regardless of whether it is best for me or my Mac)  Also think a Zip drive would be best for archiving files, rather than increase hard drive.. any thoughts... thanks again
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weedCommented:
well...nothing is going to increase your Processor performance. But ram will help a VERY little. a 64 meg dimm here costs about $80 at the moment. It fluctuates wildly. You COULD attempt to find a Cache upgrade card. Those machines currently have 256K and should be able to hit 1 meg with a card...that would much imporve overall performance. And yes a zip drive would be better for archiving. cheaper in the long run and infinitely expandable.
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