Ok, so my girlfriend owns a 14 in iBook, approximately 3.5 years old. Running 10.4, 1.33 ghz processor, 256 mb of ram. It is not running very fast with frequen slowdowns and major hangs occasionally, doing simple tasks like Internet (no other programs running). My own 12" iBook is closer to five years old, 1 ghz, 512 mb of ram and same operating system. It is much zippier than hers and continues to be fully adaquete for most of my needs (besides needing a new battery). My lady is at her wit's end here, as doing anything onthe iBook is now an ordeal. She wAnts to save up for a new computer (was even considering a loan!!) but I am convinced her little laptop still has some life in it. I suspect the main culprit is the ram. 256kb wasn't really suffiecient when she bought the machine, let alone now. Add to this the fact that my computer is still fine with ram being the only major hardware difference and I'm thinking that the $17 upgrade to double her memory will make a world of difference. I guess my question is this: Am I right to assume that insufficient ram is the major issue here? Is there anything I can do in the mean time to give her a boost? Is there anything else that could be causing slowdown? If she just needs a little boost of memory to get her going, that might be a nice birthday present. Eta: Is the memory from my iBook compatible in hers? I am getting an iMac soon and plan on upgrading my iBook in order to justify not getting another laptop. If I do this can I dropthe old memory into hers?