On 06-Feb-16, at 12:40 PM, R.C.Dickins wrote: > Hi, > > I am a desperate newcomer to this list. I live in a small > midwestern city of 135,000, where Macs are not sold and where I > know only one other Mac user. Not only are Mac users rare, but > conversations concerning Macs are even more rare. Consequently, I > apologize if you have heard my problems before. If so, however, I > am also hoping that you will know a lot of solutions and I hope > that's so. I have a home business of putting out documents and > newsletters and need to keep my computer going. > > I have a Power Macintosh G3 which runs on a 266 MHz processor and > has 576MB of memory. The hard disk is divided into the following > sections: > > Mac OSX 10.2.8 with 6.8GB (1.3 GB Free) Not enough free space. 10.2 is slower than 10.3 which in turn is slower than 10.4 > Mac Storage with 43.6 GB (41.7 GB Free) matters not > Mac OS 9.2 with 6.8 GB (5.6 GB Free) matters not > > When I am in Mac OSX, the computer seems to run more slowly every > day. Mail and Word for Mac are particularly slow and I sometimes > lose Word when I am working on charts. A check with Norton Disk > Doctor does not reveal any problems and only light fragmentation. Get rid of every vestige of Norton. 'Back in the day' it was a pretty good product, now, in X, I think I would be safe to say that it causes as many issues as it fixes. > > Could it help to move things to Mac Storage to give more room to > OSX? What kinds of things can I move? Well, yes, it could BUT...while others on the list will not doubt offer the 'how to' it's not generally as simple as just dragging things over there. X is a whole different animal that 9. > > Thanks for any thoughts you may have. > > Muddled in the Midwest > At the core of your issue are three things: Lack of HD space for X, which you can't do a lot about very easily, given that X must be in a partition <8 gig and it must be contained within the first 8 gig of the boot drive. Old OS, which is closely tied to issue #3 Old hardware. If AT ALL possible, upgrade to a newer machine. It'll come with newer OS in all likelihood and won't have the HD limitations of your current machine.