Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H
Maybe OpenOffice is just slow. I've personally found the Spreadsheet part of it to be rather crappy. I use gnumeric instead, or as you say you could use koffice.
No kidding. Without question the weakest part of the suite (IMHO).
To the OP, since you installed from different sources - Slackbuilds.org and Linuxpackages.net - you might have some crud left over from the earlier package, depending on how you upgraded the package, that is buggering up the 2.3 install. Ditto if you are running both versions side by side. You would like to think that packages are of consistent quality and built on a pristine system and put things where they belong but, unless you build them yourself you never really know. (talking about packages here, not the slackbuild.org scripts)
I would try uninstalling both and then make certain all OO.o files and directories are removed from your system before reinstalling 2.3. This includes any hidden directories in your home directory and the application files in /opt. Not sure if there might be anything worth saving so back up first as always.