As others on this board, I'm also a new Mac user, coming from Windows. I bought a refurbished 1.83ghz Macbook Pro, 512 megs memory, etc. A basic starter system for the most part. I have a ton of questions, some of which I've seen in other posts, but I'm still catching up... - First off, the system is really slow. Lots of spinning discs, pauses, etc. The dock is slow to pop up at times or slow to scroll through. I figure its probably the 512 megs of memory causing this, but I'm not sure. How can I easily check to see how much memory is being used now? Is there something like Windows Task Manager that I have access to? - Should I have gotten an iLife install DVD? The only DVD in the sytem was an OS X one. I don't want to reinstall and lose iLife, one of the nice features of the system. - Any good games/showcases for the system? I tried the Halo demo and it chugged along. Call of Duty 2 wouldn't seem to run. Without installing Windows, I'm trying to get a feel for how fast the system is compared to my old desktop. - I've already had 4 crashes on the system. Once during a system update, another time with Safari, and the other two I can't remember. It isn't the best start, as I haven't had four crashes on my home Windows PC in the past year. I've seen reference to reinstalling the OS after getting the Macbook Pro? Do I really need to do this? - Are there demos for the Apple products, especially Aperature? I am a hobby photographer, and would love to try Aperature (one of the reasons I bought the Macbook Pro). - Windows Media Player... I'd rather leave all Windows stuff behind, but some websites have videos that use the player. Is version 9 the latest? - Any particular defects I should look for with a refurbished unit? - And the dumbest question, since this is a refurbished unit, how can I tell if its the glossy screen or not? Didn't choose when ordering it. Thanks. Sorry for the questions, must get tiring for you pros . I'm so sick of a lot of Windows stuff, and really want to like OS X. I can see some really slick features (like Expose), and want to see more.