I have a macbook 2.1ghz with OSX 10.5.8 running with 4gb of 667mhz DDR2 Recently I have been getting spinning beach balls of death on a constant biases. They come when I try to open web pages such as google, youtube, espn.com... ANYTHING actually. They come when I try to open applications, they seem to come when I try to do almost anything. I cannot force quit when they come. I have tried waiting for them to go away, sometimes up to an hour and nothing happens. They have come when I try to open utilities to try to figure out what is wrong. They come in safe mode. I have run disk permissions like someone suggested to you, and that has done nothing. I made another account for the computer, and that still receives the same amount of beach balls. I tried updating software. Nothing. I tried freeing up hard drive space (over 60 gigs of the 120 hard drive) I reinstalled the OS, nothing. I switched the ram out with the ram that came with the computer, and I still get the beach balls. I ran Onyx, and it said the drives are fine. Yesterday out of sheer desperation I reformatted the whole thing. (former PC user) At first it looked ok, but then I began to update software and it locked up. Also, now when I open web pages I get a beach ball that SOMETIMES goes away after 5 minutes. Usually it just spins and spins mocking my existence. What else can I try? What else can I do? I live in a place that makes it VERY VERY difficult to take to a mac mechanic. (South Korea) I don't want to have to buy a POS PC netbook. Please advise.