Hello All, I'm running 10.5.5, 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4, 1 GB Ram. I have tried running fsck, resetting disk permissions, cleaning all caches per Oynx, running daily, weekly, monthly maintenance, resetting PRAM, deleting all downloaded fonts, I deleted all recently downloaded applications, I have a 100GB HD w/25GB free. I will provide screenshots of activity monitor and console once I can upload pictures to this forum (activity monitor looks normal with firefox open and the computer still running slow, console outputs "com.apple.SystemStarter Break on __THE_PROCESS_HAS_FORKED_AND_YOU_CANNOT_USE_THIS_COREFOUNDATION_FUNCTIONALITY___YOU_MUST_EXEC__() to debug. " I get this output a lot (after startup there's a sequence of forks, when I tried to use VLC player (when trying to use core audio)..) Also, coreaudio and usereventagent will sometimes become unresponsive. When this happens I sometimes get no sound and cannot adjust my audio volume. (Not sure if this is a result of or part of the cause of my problems) I will be getting 1GB more Ram soon but how could this happen out of the blue and still be far worse than it was 3 months ago running the same software. This wasn't a slow degradation it was all of a sudden. It happened after downloading a bunch of software (t.e.d., comical, some program for net news groups...I can't remember any others (they are all uninstalled now) ). Anyways any and all help would be greatly appreciated!