Hi, I currently own a MacBook C2D 2.0ghz with 2GB RAM and 250GB hard drive, but over the last month it has started having issues and I was hoping you guys could give me some advice before I take it to Apple. The first issue is it's starting to show spinning beach ball when small tasks happen. Before writing this post I had one and I had iTunes open, Firefox with 3 tabs and Adium with no conversations but downloading the update. The hard drive started to make a clicking noise and the beach ball was there for 10 mins. The beach ball tends to appear when Adium is open. The second issue is again with Adium. When i try to connect to facebook and sometimes MSN then the hard drive clicks, the spinning icon on the dock stutters and it doesn't sign in. Then when i ctrl, apple and esc, it shows at not responding. The third issue is when I unplug my MacBook then the power cuts out and it sounds like the hard drive has just stopped spinning. The condition of the battery is good and often gets drained and charged back up. Could this be a possible software issue? I was thinking of having a fresh install of Leopard and maybes this could help the issues? If I do a fresh install and then update my MacBook with a backup I have made, does this defeat the object of a fresh install? Or, is this a hardware issue? I don't have applecare either as I wasn't informed of this when I bought this (I was new to mac at the time). I can imagine repairs and what not to be very expensive when you are out of your 12 month warranty. Sorry for the long post guys! Thanks in advance!