Hello all, I've got a MBP, 2.16 C2D model. 1ghz of RAM, 128mb video card, more then capable of running OS X, some web development software (we're talking basic text wrangler and fetch right now), and linux under parallels. I finished updating linux, quit parallels.. opened up some web stuff to work on a site I'm doing, opened up Parallels again for some XP testing, and *boom*. The system starts bogging down on me, and Parallels starts to take a nose dive (which it seems to do a lot when I have it open, close it, and then try to open the app again). Only this time, it won't let me quit it, or open force quit.. or even open Activity monitor (I open it and it crashes right away). Normally, I'd just restart because that fixes everything, but I'm at the end of downloading a live CD, and I don't wanna have to wait another few hours.. so I try opening iStat Nano in dashboard.. but something goes screwy and whenever I try to add a widget, none appear.. but then whenever I click on the finder icon in my dock, I get a new flight tracker widget appear on my desktop (not dashboard!). Well, I finally got activity monitor opened, killed Parallels, killed Dock, and things went back to normal.. except pmTool was using ~75% of my CPU power and making everything else sluggish, so I took the chance and quit Activity monitor and reopened it.. right now everything's fine. My gut is that Parallels, when it doesn't shut down properly, does something to WindowServer, causing the vram it's using to balloon up to >3gig's, and doing something to the process so that it doesn't want Parallels to restart again.. The obvious answer is to reboot, (which I'll do in 5 minutes when this download is complete) but I really hate having to do this whenever Parallels mucks up on me. Is there anything that I can do to keep my computer sane when I try to run Parallels, or is this just something I have to put up with? EDIT: I just tried opening Parallels again, and it froze my whole computer. Key combos didn't work, and the screen was frozen.. iTunes kept playing though And possibly related, but probably not, every time I reboot, I have a folder called "Recovered Items" in my trash can.. does anyone know what that's about?