Hi I have a white late 2008 MacBook. It's done well through the years but the last year I've had problems. Last year, it wiped itself clean twice. I'd left it in sleep for two days, opened it and everything appeared fine but was frozen so I force shut down and it wouldn't start up. I put in the install disc and managed to get it going and it was fine. Did it again a few months later but I fixed it and it's been okay the last 6 months although I haven't used it much. The past few weeks, I can't do anything without the spinning beach ball. If I open any application, it appears and I could leave it for hours and it wouldn't resolve. I booted up from the disc because I couldn't do anything with the beach ball. This allowed me to check the HD which shows as verified under smart status. I verified and repaired the disk and it did this fine and didn't find any problems. However, when I try to verify or repair permissions, it gets stuck and will not complete. I took it to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store. They seemed to think the permissions were significant and managed to back it up and wipe and reinstall. They told me to see how it worked before I put my back up on it to see if it was something I had downloaded. I tried to make a new user account but it would freeze and I couldn't get any further. I reverted to putting on the time machine back up so I could use the laptop. I'm still getting the beach ball and I can't do a thing. Please help!