i bought a macbook almost a year ago and its been great( 13 inch. white with the upgrade). it has only caused me minor problems for about 10 months..at one point in time. about 7 months ago. i had an incident where i turned my macbook on in a college class. it was qiuet and i didnt want to disturb the class so . being stupid. i closed the screen while it was loading. expectin it to sleep . and then i could open it queitly from there. the computer froze on the blue start up screen and cuase me some problems .. but i fixed.. however about 2 months ago i did a similar. thing. i dont even think this really is the problem.. but now whenever i shut my macbook off. or even put it to sleep. it never starts up properly.. when i reopen. or start up. it wil go to the black sleep screen. eand the sleep light is frozen. does not "breathe" if you will. after running my fingers over the keyboard a few times.. the light starts flashing.. almost once every second.. the way i get my macbook to start now. is that everyonce in a while. after running my fingers over the computer. it will restart completely. .. i have triedmany ways to restart it. im not tech savy though. so i dont know how to run all the programs to diagnose the problem. .. one thing i have noticed that concerns me especially. is when it is rebooting .. the bar that shows the progreess as it starts has slowly. come down and down. about 3 weeks ago. it would only fill up half way. .. now when it restars completely it maybe goes 10% of the way.. does this have any significance?.. im planning on buying an external hardrive. and storing all my files on there. then completely reinstallign the whole thing.. will this help? i guess not if it is a hardware problem.. i didnt buy the apple care.. because i got my computer from bestbuy. and when i bought my ipod from there and purchased the protection care i got screwed over. never was able to use it. anyways. any suggestions would be awesome. i love macs.. but i need it to work properly for school now. another hting is. .i have safari..msn.. itunes. all my apps. freeze on me. at least 5 times a day. usually there are maybe 2 apps running.. any help would be awesome thanks..