First, your RAM and disk free space are way low...  That is likely to
be the problem, although it may be compounded if your anti-virus
program scans every file as it opens. And you don't mention your
network speed, which may be a factor.

Even Adobe is recommending 1G of RAM, but in the real world, more than
2G of RAM would be a minimal amount for this config, and you'd need
more if you run any graphics-intensive programs simultaneously. Just
as a BTW, RAM is cheap right now...
And in general, you'd want to have a third to half of the hard drive
free for swap space and temp files. If you haven't cleaned up the hard
drive with a utility lately, it may be time.

One thing you might try is saving the converted files out as MIF to
clean up any residual unused references or characters, but I'd say
your machine just doesn't have enough horsepower.

Art Campbell
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On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 3:18 AM, Adrian Cherry<AdrianCherry at> 
> Have recently upgraded to FM9 and applied the patches.
> Files that took a few seconds to load into FM6 are now taking up to 10 
> minutes to load into FM9. These files are not massive but do have 
> cross-references, conditional text, text insets and eps and jpg graphics.
> I have also tried importing eps graphics into new FM9 files and this either 
> slows the machine to nearly a full stop or crashes. JPGs are not a problem.
> We have tried loading the same files to FM9 on a similar spec machine on the 
> same network connection and that loads the files OK.
> The PC in question is: HP Compaq DX2200MT; Intel Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz; 768 Mb 
> RAM, 80 Gig HD of which 20 Gig is free; Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP3. 
> ATi Fire GL 3100, latest driver from their web-site.
> Any input on this issue is very welcome.
> Adrian Cherry
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