Hi, For some reason my macbook pro 17" is extremely slow at start-up, when it gets to the part where it's loading the airport and battery icon. I'm also having problems connecting to the internet via the airport. The signal is at full strength, but there is no internet connection. This was all working the day before yesterday, and when I plug in directly to the cable internet connection via ethernet, the internet works. One other catch is that I'm in a foreign country and don't have any startup CDs/DVDs with me, and it would be cost-prohibitive for me to call applecare (which I'd really like to do!). Also couldn't figure out how to contact applecare via ichat (there are still some luddites among us, apologies). Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Macbook Pro 17" MacbookPro 1,2 Intel Core Duo 2.16 Ghz processor Memory: 2 ghz bus speed: 667 Mhz Wireless connection via: D-link, airplus G, 2.4 ghz I've tried the following: SLOW FINDER: Repair disk permissions - didn't seem to do much Switching user accounts - same slowness with my other account Downloading 10.4.9 update - problems downloading, says it sent the file to the trash and I can retrieve it and try again. Did that, but it didn't work. AIRPORT: downloaded software updates tried plugging directly into internet connection, and that works fine.