My system includes:
Cyrix 166 CPU
PCI and ISA Bus, Pentium MMX, TX PRO mainboard
A friend installed Windows 98 on a clean system, plus a shortcut with special settings to an expert DOS file management program called Elftree. Since then I have installed in this order (to the best of my knowledge):
Netscape Communicator including Messenger and AIM
I don't recall installing anything else. The type ahead keyboard buffer has slowed way down in certain instances; however, it works well with normal typing like in an editor and such. So far, I can't find anything about this in my Windows book or on the Internet. The best I can recall, I did not notice this problem until sometime after installing Juno; however, I am not absolutely sure on this. In any case, I am experiencing problems like the following:
If I type Ctrl-M in Navigator to send a new message. And, then, while the message box is loading, I continue to type the nickname of the person I want to send mail to, the new message "send to" box will not accept any of the keys that are typed before it is fully loaded. Also, if I am installing hardware like a modem from a list, the buffer will not accept keys typed consecutively (without there being a lapse of a 1/4 to 1/2 second between strokes). So if I am looking for USR modems and type "u" "u" quickly it will only go to the first occurrence "u".
Here are some other problems my system was known to have before this buffer problem developed.
1) When the computer boots. The second or so message in DOS says there is a Static Resource Conflict. I haven't been able to find anything about this.
2) Every time I quit WIN I have to reinstall my USR Sporster 34.4 + Fax modem (model # 00084001). At least that is the only way I know to make it work again. I haven't been able to find the exact INF file for this modem even after visiting the USR Sporster support site. I have tried several other USR INF files and I am able to connect until I exit Windows, upon which I have to delete and reinstall the modem to get it to work again. Also, it takes exceedingly long to connect, a lot longer than I was used to with my WIN3.1 system. I am still using the same service provider. It may take upwards of a minute to connect. The problem appears to occur at the password verifying level. I have contacted USR to see if they have the exact INF for my modem.
3) My Ultra Gravis soundcard is not working quite properly. It is not accepting some sound files. At least, that is what I am told by my friend who installed it. I do not have any speakers yet to verify the problem. Although, I have found what looks like some promising information on the internet--just have not had the time to try it yet, dealing with all these other problems.
4) This problem I didn't discover until after installing some of the programs. One of my floppy drives keeps reporting that the disk needs to be formatted no matter which disk I put in, so it is not a bad disk. There is no reported hardware conflict problem; however, I have been told that the drive more than likely needs to be cleaned with air, so I am going to try that first.
Thanks for listening. I look forward to hearing your answers.