First off AOL 6 is still buggy as hell....go back to using 4/5...for the moment until they have resolved most of the conflicts.
IE5.5...Yikes...Bain of my life..*g* If you install IE5.5 on a fresh system, i.e. if you FDisked it isn't too bad but to upgrade over an existing system and AOL is not a good move in my opinion....Having said that, it doesn't solve your dilemma...so:
If you're going to remove AOL 6 and revert to 5 or 4 (I use 4) ensure that you copy all downloads from the default path in AOL directory to another directory on your harddrive.. I'm not sure if you can go backwards with email but to be safe, copy your personal filing cabinet to another directory, when you reinstall an older version it should check to see what you already have and move it across to the new install...not always so, hence the copy.
I personally haven't had any problems with ICQ and I did upgrade IE over an earlier version but many bugs and dll's that already reside on your system can cause conflict, hence my suggestion of a fresh clean system...but, only do that if you have all necessary drivers and a backup of everything but most importantly a reboot disk, without that reboot disk if you haven't copied your cd rom drivers into autoexec.bat and config.sys you will be without a cd rom and your only option then is to use floppies, or, find someone who can sort your mess out...and it will be a mess..*g*
These days, systems come with every remedy so long as you leave it all alone... LOL
I would suggest that you post a few more details about your configuration, by that I mean do you have 1 or more partitions? Do you have a cd rom and is your software mostly on cd's or floppies? Do you have all existing drivers for your hardware, i.e. displays system, monitor, cd rom etc etc? If not you need to prepare and have these available to you...most can be downloaded from the various manufacturers but you should have them in any case...
Now, an attempt at resolving your problem...
Try repairing your copy of IE, to do that, go to:
Choose Microsoft IE5.5 and tools from the list
choose add/remove and you should get a menu up asking if you wish to add/remove a component, repair IE or go back to the original configuration, choose repair, it will do its own thing and when it's finished (about 2 minutes) it will tell you you need to reboot and most likely will do so for you...that's the most effective method to try first....
If the above doesn't help, try reinstalling ICQ, but you need to backup your ICQ files up first, not knowing what media you will be using I can't tell you a step by step solution and I know your floppy drive is misbehaving, so what other options do you have, do you have a cd-writer or tape back-up? If all that criteria is covered reinstall ICQ.
The memory issue, can you do a Control, ALT and Delete, *once only* you will need to press all those keys together, if you press those keys all at the same time *twice* you will simply reboot your system..*g*...If you succeed and press those keys once only you should get up what is called the Task Manager, can you make a list of all the programs it lists as running in the Task Manager for me?..You may be running unnecessary programs which will gradually reduce your available resources but I need to know what they are first as some may be paramount to the running of your system and software...ok?
Lastly, do you use the built in AOL browser? If so, I recommend that you install a separate copy of IE whichever version and use that, much faster...if you need to know how, I can talk you through..
Sorry, this seems so long winded but could be so many reasons and I'm trying to cover the most obvious ones to me...
I have to see how this reads so if I post and you're on, wait till I say Edit: Complete...LOL
OK, Edit and complete ...sorry if it seems complex, feel free to post all info and I'll do whatever I can to help..
[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 11-15-2000).]