I upgraded to os 10.3.8 on my powermac 1.6ghz when it came out and have had nothing but grief since. Performance has been markedly stunted, especially using Safari. Crashes have become a regular occurence when doing simple things such as loading webpages and even applications like Adium have started to go on the fritz. Garageband will not even open anymore, which is not a horrible issue because I use Logic Express, but it's still quite annoying. This is even more of a pissoff because I had gotten my computer into "the zone" with os 10.3.7: everything was running as close to perfect as it ever had. I've gotten to the point where I'm deciding whether to reinstall os10.3 and upgrade until 10.3.7 without getting 10.3.8. Is it worth going through the process if os 10.4 is on the way. Are the rumours of an April launch valid? Assuming that 10.4 is not coming out so soon what is the best way to go about installing 10.3. I have access to an External HD for backing up files, but is this really necassary? Will I lose my applications and files if I reinstall, and if I have to back everything up, is it worth the effort? Any help would be appreciated.