So my friend's G4 Powerbook has just started acting really slow. He gets a Beachball whenever he tries to do ANYTHING. Eventually it will do what he is trying to do, but it takes FOREVER. I told him to run verify the disk in disk utility, and it gave him some weird gibberish, and then said "The underlaying task reported failure on exit" or something to that effect, which is what my olnd G4 said when the HD was dying, so Im thinking his HD might be going?? He just got back from a trip to Chicago, could the X-Rays at the Airport have messed anything up? Any thoughts as to what it might be or do you think it could be the hard drive as well? Also anything else to try for troubleshooting? Im going to tell him to run the Apple hardware test when he gets home later, and see what it says.