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I have a number of all-in-one macs networked at school (5500's, 5400's, 5300's) running system 8.0. At times when you pull down a menu some or all the words are missing. If the system is rebooted, most often the problem goes away. Is there a way to eliminate the problem, or will it always be there for these machines. I do not have the same problem at home with my 8500/180.
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Upgrading to System 8.1 solves a lot of mysterious problems.
ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/US/Macintosh/System/Mac_OS_8.1_Update/

Make sure that you update the HD driver to drive Setup 1.3.1 or later (1.5 recommended) before you upgrade the machines.
ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/US/Macintosh/Utilities/Drive_Setup/

In addition, those machines need at least 32 MB of RAM to behave properly. I am very familiar with them. They are cranky.
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Thanks for the hints...I had a feeling that those machines were cranky, and not just with system software. They make my life miserable some days with their pranks...just like some of my students!
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Students are amazing computer operators. They can figure out every conceivable way of making a machine not work.

In addition, be sure to use the Universal (runs on any Macintosh) option. There are system resources that do not get installed if you do the install "For This Macintosh Only." Those missing resources sometimes cause errors. The errors are supposed to be addressed with the System Enablers, but they do not always fucntion as desired.

-good luck
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since this problem is only a 'sometimes' problem, I think I'll wait til 8.5 comes out and then upgrade all my machines . . . or give them away if the school system gives me some new G3's (which will probably present a whole new set of fun things to figure out!) . . . thanks again
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