Mac OS 9.2 freezes; all except mouse

I have a powerbook 400mhz. It will boot and respond to mouse commands for about 2 minutes. after that, the mouse pointer works, but everything is frozen.  I tried a usb mouse with same results. I was thinking about reinstalling os except I no longer have the disk. could it be memory? how do i check?  Thanks
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weedCommented:
It's probably software. Probably have some stuff installed that is causing problems or just have a system that is in need of serious maintenance. Either way, you probably want to give yourself a fresh start with a fresh OS.
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jonberghCommented:
Hold down command (or is it command-option) when you open the Memory Control Panel and you can enable memory verification. it's probably already on. Those PowerBooks are pretty finicky when it comes to RAM, so I don't think it's that. Do you have a job stuck in a print spool (commonly a desktop printer icon)? I've seen that grind OS9 to a near halt. Boot with Extensions off and clear it out if that's the case. While you're at it, if you disable Extensions do get the same result? How about using the "Mac OS 9 Base" set?
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pedidocCommented:
I had good luck using ConflictCatcher software - worth the investment, if you're sticking with OS 9.  It can help you identify which extension or control panel is causing problems - assuming that is the problem.  As mentioned above, the first step is to boot with extensions off to see if they're one of the culprits.  The OS disks are cheap these days if you need to buy a replacement.
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