hi all. as i type this it's taking a moment for the text to catch up. i don't know what's going on with my machine-- i never had this many problems with my PPC until the day it completely died. anyway it's moving slower than a snail doing anything-- just safari and finder open right now. my system disk, which has about 730GB of stuff on it including the OS, is showing 23.6gb free in finder and in activity monitor it's showing 192-195 VM allocated. i'm doing absolutely nothing right now other than trying to surf the web-- i had been doing some 2k video transcoding to uncompressed 8bit at full resolution, but that failed because my system HD was apparently full-- meaning it wanted more VM than there was room. i restarted since then and I'm in the same boat. before i restarted there had been about 760,000 page ins and 718,000 page outs. before i restarted, istat pro showed about 8gb of RAM in active, about 1.6 wired, and the rest free. now it shows about 10gb free and is still crawling. anybody have some suggestions?