Hi everyone, I'm after some advice on my MBP that seems to have developed a strange problem. Last week I had a couple of issues where my MBP did not go to sleep and remained switched on after I put it away in my carry bag. Because of this it got very hot and ran the battery down completely. Now I notice that when I try and reboot OSX, it is taking about 5 minutes just to get onto the desktop. It will stay on the grey apple screen with the spinning gear for ages with no activity, then will suddenly spring back to life and go on the halt at the plain blue screen for several minutes before finally booting and operating normally. I've tried several things already to fix this problem which i'll list now to avoid repetition. I have tried repairing permissions and also ran everything Onyx had to offer and those haven't fixed the issue. I also tried resetting both the PRAM and the SMU. I ran the Apple hardware test and it found no issues. I then decided that an archive and re-install was in order. So I booted my Leopard disc and did that, but now it still takes ages to boot up. The new problem this created is that it now takes me to a log-on screen (i've never used a log-on screen before) and asks me for my password. Unfortunately OSX seems to have decided to just make up a new password for me as my actual password for my user account does not work, even though the password hint has remained the same!! So now it takes ages to boot and I cannot log into my account. Anyway, I was looking for suggestions from more experienced mac users as to what to try next. I'm currently using disk utility to back up the entire HDD onto an external as an image file. Then I'll be doing a full format and re-install. Has anyone ever had a similar experience to mine?