help please! i have searched for this repeatedly (with no applicable solutions) and have asked a few questions in other peoples threads about this, no answer. now i am having a genuine problem, i'm royally pissed off and need help. no to mention typing this on my XP machine is a pride swallowing and frustrating endeavor. [grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr] now that THAT is out... summary: this is a rev C - 17" powerbook G4 running Panther (10.3) events: i notice in my activity monitor that my log in window is hung - this only seems to bother the system when i need to shut down. then by (i think) coincidence something (weeks later) causes almost all of my applications to hang and they need force quitting. i try to reboot. it won't. it just sits there. i have to force shut down. it does. it won't boot back up - it sits on the last step, the "starting log in window" and goes no further. here is where i am at, again. i have had my log in window "hang" (crash, whatever you want to call it) twice now. from my limited knowledge of macs this seems a near unrecoverable problem... at least not without a MASSIVE pain in the ass to get it booted. first time i had to use the system restore disc to get it to boot up. it would sit there at the log in window starting page and never move past it. (doing this again) i am sure i don't need to explain what a horrible hassle it is to restore your damn operating system when your computer crashes. i know no other way though. i have done nothing strange (that i know of) to cause this problem, it seems random. either way i have seen the log in window hang in the activity monitor click for screenshot taken weeks ago and had a bad feeling i would be dealing with this again. back when i saw the log in window hung (a couple weeks ago) i ran OnyX but didn't reboot because i was afraid this would happen. sure enough, something caused my applications to crash and i was forced to reboot. now i just can't boot it back up. any ideas? i'm completely at a loss here and desperate for some info on what to do. thanks.