I just got a new laptop for the first time in almost six years! It's a 13" MBP, 2.53 ghz 4 gb ram 250 gb hd refurb, software updated running 10.6.2. Upgrading from the powerbook g4 I expected this thing to be crazy fast however it's impossibly slow, just unusable. So far while typing this post I've gotten the spinning pinwheel thing six times. It seems like I get about five seconds of go, twenty seconds of stop. All I've installed is apple software updates and firefox, and I've copied over 35 gb of music into itunes and I'm in the process of moving 20 gb photos into iphoto. Are these simple file transfers enough to make this computer basically frozen? I was concerned about this so I copied the old iphoto library to my desktop in case my external drive was causing issues, so now I'm importing to iphoto from a local backup; there are no devices of any kind plugged into this laptop but it is still wicked slow, in increasing spurts of pinwheel horribleness. I've been copying files for two hours with no end in sight and it's taken 25 minutes to hammer out these few sentences. What the heck?