Hi all, I've been having some really bad trouble with my system for a few weeks now. I have no idea what caused it and it's now to the point of my computer being barely operable. Everything goes extremely slowly. Every action I do causes everything to freeze up. The spinning beach ball appears, and sometimes even that is frozen and doesn't spin, and the disk goes chug, chug, chug, chug, pause, chug, chug, chug, chug, chug pause, chug, chug, chug for up to 5 minutes before things resume. This happens when I launch an application, click something in a webpage, open a finder window, or do just about anything else you could possibly imagine. It even freezes up sometimes when I'm not doing anything at all- just looking at a web page and moving the mouse around. The boot process also seems to take longer and longer every time I restart. I just restarted a couple minutes ago and the entire process took about 20 minutes. I get the gray screen with the spinning sun for 5-7 minutes with lots of chugging, then the blue screen chugs for about 5 minutes before the status bar appears showing the boot status. Then my desktop picture appears with no icons on the desktop or menu bar at the top. Then slowly, one by one, the icons in the top right of the menu bar start appearing directly over the desktop (that is, the actual menu bar hasn't been drawn yet.) The computer freezes and chugs for several minutes in between each icon. After a long time, the menu bar itself actually appears. Then the computer chugs some more. Then the icons on the desktop appear. I move my mouse over to the left edge of the screen to make the dock appear and it chugs for a minute before the dock pops up. Then I launch AIM and that freezes in every step of the sign on process, then shows me a blank buddy list which takes 45 seconds to draw. You get the picture. I checked the running processes at any given time and there doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary running. I assume my hardware is somehow damaged. Or would it help to reinstall the OS? Thanks for reading all this and thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone has. Here is my setup: 12" PowerBook G4 867 MHz 256 MB RAM Mac OS X 10.3.2 NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX Airport Extreme (not in use when this happens) Mat****a CD-RW CW-8122 Toshiba MK4021GAS 40 GB internal HD Macally Ice Mouse Jr and iPod dock are the only peripherals plugged in P.S. I noticed in the preview of this post that it thought I was trying to put a swear word in the model name of my CD-RW drive and bleeped it out. Ha! I think you can guess what it is.