I'm stumped...One of the other employees here in my office was having trouble getting her G5 to recognize a network printer that she had just been printing to a few moments before, and that was printing properly from other machines. I suggested that she either log out/in or restart. She did, and the printer worked at that point. But Mail wouldn't open. When i delete the mail preferences file, then it opens up just fine to the "you don't have an email address...please fill out this form" splash screen that it does when you are starting a new account on a machine. Well, that wouldn't be a HUGE deal, except that none of the other applications on the machine will open and actually run. Not even Disk Utility will work, so I can't check the permissions or anything. I think the problem must be Finder related. Here's generally what happens: I double click "Disk Utility" in the finder (which is actually letting me navigate like normal, I can access network folders, etc) and then the main DU screen comes up. Well, if i click on a disc image or volume (there is only one disc on this single 1.6 G5), then I get a beachball and disk utility is dead. I can force quit it, but that's all that will work. Menus are unresponsive. All other applications seem to be doing the same thing. Even system profiler, although it works fine for a few seconds...when i try and "quit" Profiler, then it hangs up and I have to force quit. What can I do short of a full erase/reinstall? Where's this legendary ease of use and "rock solid" stability? Do Unix users have to deal with this crap? I'm starting to miss windows for some terrible reason.