What in the heck could be causing this? I bought a Mac Mini for very cheap, so of course I know you get what you pay for, but this is ridiculous. It's a 1.4Ghz (or close, I don't have a half hour to turn it on again to be certain), with 512MB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a superdrive I added (but it doesn't recognize, it doesn't realize it has an optical drive in it at all). So, you power it on and wait... literally a half hour. Then the desktop has finally loaded. But don't try to use it yet, it still runs ridiculously slow, if you click on a menu item you get the beach ball, 30 seconds later the drop down menu finally appears. But, if you let it sit for an hour or more it finally snaps out if it and runs at what I would expect to be an average speed. I know 512MB is not enough RAM, I want to add a 1GB stick, but come on... it wouldn't make THAT much difference would it? I firewire booted the Mini into one of my other comps to install Tiger, and I did all the updates, it was running fine in Firewire mode and booting from it that way. But boot it up regularly and you'll have a 5 o'clock shadow before you can use it for anything. Anyone ever heard of this? Is 160GB too big for the hard drive, do I have to partition it up or something? And what do you do about a Mac Mini that doesn't recognize the superdrive you just installed? The disk spins and spins but the Mini doesn't know it's there. Thanks for any help.