Well, I have an epic saga of problems on my Macbook for you all. White 2007 Macbook running 10.6.8 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GB RAM Press power button, Grey screen with apple logo would come up, grey progress bar, 15 minutes would pass, login to the computer and everything would work fine. It was annoying but at least I could use the thing. Actions I took: - Zapped the PRAM - Tried -fsck to correct the boot problem described above. -fsck told me 1) catalog file incorrect number of thread records (4,25639), 2) Invalid directory item count 36 instead of 35. Ran the repair function and it corrected 2) but said "The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired after 3 attempts" regarding 1). - Ran in Safe Mode, same problem, couldn't fix after three attempts Results: Computer still did the 15 minute grey screen startup, but now instead of being usable it was barely functional. Spotlight and Finder kept freezing and crashing. I reindexed several times using the drag HD to Privacy folder method. Same problem. The volume control would sporadically not function. Anytime I tried to watch a video on the internet the whole machine would freeze. So I took more drastic measures. - Performed a Clean Boot from my Snow Leopard DVD, erased and zero'd the hard drive, reinstalled OS. Computer functioned normally. Then I performed a full round of Mac Autoupdates, installed the following programs: Firefox, Snapz pro X, Afloat, Unarchiver, Transmission, VLC, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, Handbrake and deleted some Apple programs I never use Dashboard, Mail, Calendar, Safari. Mac functioned normally for about 15 minutes. Well the problems are back. Internet Videos freeze or stop and the sound continues, spotlight won't function normally, when I try to restart it closes out the bar where the Apple logo and Spotlight live but never shuts down the machine, and runs really slowly at random times. Verified Macintosh HD disk permissions and it lets loose an unholy firestorm of broken disc permissions. Some notable examples below: Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired. Permissions differ on "System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Resources/JavaPluginCocoa.bundle/Contents/Resources/Java/deploy.jar", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/LockScreen.app/Contents/Resources/Japanese.lproj/MainMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home/lib/dt.jar", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Help! I'm at the end of my rope and really can't afford a new computer.