My mom and stepdad have this G3 iMac; 500mhz/768mb ram/20gb hd -- and they get so much email through their TimeWarner "roadrunner" account through their OS X Panther mail function that I just can't believe it. Something like 75 emails a day -- and my mom likes keeping the photos she gets from friends so she has a too much saved on there. Anyway, they keep getting the spinning beachball on their email. I keep going over there and deleting all the spam from their account AND from their "deleted" mail in the mail trashcan but it still is running slow. Have had to have them force quit a few times to get rid of the beachball. Outside of the requisite memory max to 1 gig and new hd they are going to get soon, any suggestions about them on Panther? I'm afraid to upgrade them to 10.3.9 and also Tiger on this three year old machine -- though I am also thinking about getting them a dvdrw/cdrw unit to replace the cd rom oem drive. Would they gain anything by going to TIger? Honestly, I am still amazed that these oldsters can get on the computer AT ALL, so the spinning beachball really ruins their day. I've repaired permissions and emptied cache. Don't want to confuse them by making them get a new set up altogether. Any suggestions outside of hardware upgrades?