So I have a first gen aluminum macbook, this is the info in the 'about this mac' and more info: Mac version 10.6.8 Processor: 2 GHz intel core 2 duo Memory 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Model Name: MacBook Model Identifier: MacBook5,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 3 MB Memory: 2 GB Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz Boot ROM Version: MB51.007D.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.32f8 Sudden Motion Sensor: State: Enabled My computer in the last 6 or so months has started to really slow down speed wise. If I am browsing chrome or fire fox and I open more than 10 tabs or so all of a sudden my whole computer will freeze up when I try to switch tabs or programs and might freeze up to 20 seconds. Completely non responsive, cant switch tabs or open a finder window or anything, just locks up. Also some times when streaming or watching movies my computer will just make a grating beep sound for a few seconds (on top of what ever is playing audio wise) and it will happen several time a day lately. Are these two issues related? does this sound like a ram or hard drive issue? would upgrading my ram and getting an ssd hard drive help? And if so how hard is it to replace on this model of macbook? Didn't know where to start and was reading about MBA rumors looking for a new computer when I thought maybe I could fix these computer issues and prolong the life of my laptop. Anyways thanks for the reading and any help posted.