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I'm having some problems with Dreamweaver, and was wondering if anyone else is having the same problems, or has any insight:

The file menu takes f***ing forever to load. I click on File, and a grey box the size and shape of the menu appears, but the text doesn't appear until 10-20 seconds later. File is the only menu that does this. (This also happened in DW3)

I tried to create a new set of keyboard shortcuts, because I wanted a shortcut for "New from Template" and it let me, and the shortcut shows up in the menu. But it doesn't work!

I'm using a beige G3 with 192MB of RAM. I realize that this is towards the lowend of the system requirements, is this the problem? and if it is, would a RAM purchase (maybe another 256?) help? I don't really want to pump a lot of money into this computer, because I would like to buy a new one in the not too distant future....

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post #2 of 13
Are you running in classic or OS9?
post #3 of 13
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[quote]Originally posted by Maya:
<strong>Are you running in classic or OS9?</strong><hr></blockquote>
OS9.1
post #4 of 13
Have you tried allocating more RAM to Dreamweaver, and running it alone?

I'm running Dreamweaver 4 in Classic and it doesn't do anything like what you describe.
post #5 of 13
Have you updated it to 4.01

Version 4.00 had lots of erratic problems with OS 9.1 or Classic

Get the updater from Macro's web site and see if it helps.
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post #6 of 13
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[quote]Originally posted by Leonis:
<strong>Have you updated it to 4.01

Version 4.00 had lots of erratic problems with OS 9.1 or Classic

Get the updater from Macro's web site and see if it helps.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah, I did upgrade to 4.01 as soon as ups left dw4 on my doorstep (without ringing the bell, but that's a whole 'nother story). As far as memory allocation, I have the minimum set to 37000K and the preferred at 42000K (recommended is 32000K).

I normally don't run it alone, I'll have either netscape 6 or ie5.1 running too, so that i can preview in browser. And as long as dw won't preview somethings (like css padding), I really don't want to have to run it without a browser.

but that's my story. should i up the mem. allocation?
post #7 of 13
One more thing to ask you

Do you run Kaleidoscope? This thing really slows down DW's system menus big time under 9.1
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post #8 of 13
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[quote]Originally posted by Leonis:
<strong>One more thing to ask you

Do you run Kaleidoscope? This thing really slows down DW's system menus big time under 9.1</strong><hr></blockquote>

nope. at least i don't think so. i have no idea what it is. if it's part of dw, and is by default on, then yes, probably. but if it is a seperate app, or a part of dw that you have to activate, then no.

sorry i'm vague here
post #9 of 13
[quote]Originally posted by Stroszek:
<strong>

Yeah, I did upgrade to 4.01 as soon as ups left dw4 on my doorstep (without ringing the bell, but that's a whole 'nother story). As far as memory allocation, I have the minimum set to 37000K and the preferred at 42000K (recommended is 32000K).

I normally don't run it alone, I'll have either netscape 6 or ie5.1 running too, so that i can preview in browser. And as long as dw won't preview somethings (like css padding), I really don't want to have to run it without a browser.

but that's my story. should i up the mem. allocation?</strong><hr></blockquote>

The cheap/quick/easy way to check whether memory is the problem would be to up the "minimum" memory allocation to 96000 or something, then re-run Dreamweaver completely by itself and see if the same slowness occurs.
post #10 of 13
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[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
<strong>

The cheap/quick/easy way to check whether memory is the problem would be to up the "minimum" memory allocation to 96000 or something, then re-run Dreamweaver completely by itself and see if the same slowness occurs.</strong><hr></blockquote>

i set the min to 96000 and the preferred to 100000.
both of the problems still persisted. (i've noticed since i first posted, btw, that dw is sluggish in response to all key commands.)
post #11 of 13
Have you tried trashing your Dreamweaver preferences?

Do you have any other programs that do anything similar to this?
post #12 of 13
Try rebooting your mac with just the base extensions on (in the Extensions Manager control panel, use the OS 9 Base). If DW acts normally, you can assume it is an extension conflict.

If that doesn't help, I would suggest removing it from your hard drive, and reinstalling it (and the update). Then see if problems persist.

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post #13 of 13
It's been a while since I booted into OS9, but I seem to remember that a shot of Norton Disk Doctor, Speed Disk and rebuilding the desktop helped smooth out the wrinkles.

Worth a try if nothing else works...
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