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Regarding the Word "not enough memory" problem: This is a long-known issue with running Word 5.1 (which is a 68K program) on a Power Macintosh computer running System 7.5.3 or greater. There is no fix for it from Microsoft, but a hack/patch is available. Try one of these links:

ftp://mirror.apple.com/mirrors/Info-Mac.Archive/text/ms-word-51a-patch.hqx
ftp://mirrors.aol.com/pub/info-mac/text/ms-word-51a-patch.hqx

As for the rest, there's literally dozens of things which could be contributing to the performance issues you're experiencing. If you have only 16-MB available then you're running either a very lean amount of memory or a very bloated System. Starting from scratch is a sure-fire way to cure your performance woes. Install some additional memory, then do a low-level format of the hard drive using Apple Drive Setup (1.7.3 is latest), then zap the PRAM using TechTool. Then do a clean install of MacOS 8.x -- 8.5.1 is my current choice. MacOS 8 has more PowerPC-native code than 7.x does so it runs faster. But as I said, it could be anything. You could be running old 68K extensions. You could have an extension conflict. Low memory. A piece of software that's bogging down the machine. A hardware issue. The possibilites are extensive.

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Thanks for the information. The most inportant to me at the moment was the MS Word problem. I did not know whether the rest was part of the overall problem. This computer has been cursed since day one - even as it arrived with no additional applications other than word.  I could go on for hours about it.

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