Laptop: MacBook Pro OS X: Tiger (with current updates) Memory: 2 gigs HD space: 41.9 gigs free Problem: At random times, although seems like seconds after I boot up, I get the color wheel and cannot do anything. I do have mouse control. When I click on the desktop the menu does go to FINDER but cannot access any menus. I cannot open any hard drives or access the dock. If I am lucky to get as far as opening up an application like Safari and the color wheel pops up, I can switch between FINDER and SAFARI menu with the mouse by clicking on either the open Safari window or on the desktop but the color wheel is still there. Other info: * I have to hold the power button down to shut off the laptop * Already booted to the OS DVD and ran "repair disk" * Cleared cache folders * I can boot to Windows (which i am in now) and no problems * Have disconnect the power plug and battery. ** All of these tasks have not solved the problem I am currently in Iraq so going over to the nearest Mac store is out of the question. Are there any software that is downloadable that could help? Or possibly diagnose the problem? I just recently switched from PC to Mac (LOVE IT!!) so this is new territory for me. Any help, thoughts, suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thank you.