Okay, well here goes. I recently (well, about 4 months ago) bought a 1gHz iBook from the Apple store for $800. I am having problems with the bar across the top of the screen (and I don't know what you call it... def. don't want to refer to it as a taskbar, for fear of the wrath that may befall me for using a windoze term). Occasionally, when I would restart the computer and log in, the bar would go transparent, with the words showing but no "bar background". Finder would also never fully start; I would never be able to launch a finder window. I could, however, start other programs and apps, and I could open system prefs. When a program was open, the bar went normal, and all the options were available. But as soon as the program was closed, the bar went weird again. It also would not shut down properly in this mode (I would have to do a hard shutdown). This only happened occasionally; other times, the computer would act normally. I don't have these problems any more (because I formatted the HD and re-installed Panther). I have not had any problems of the sort since (I have also upped the RAM, don't know if this had any affect). Has anyone else ever seen/heard of this? I have recently been put on the path of righteousness (Macintosh) by a friend of mine, so my current knowledge of the Mac is not very complete. Any info on this would be appreciated, so I can avoid this problem in the future.