am still having problems starting up ... it still keeps starting up erratically and freezing (apparently randomly) in the middle of the startup sequence. I thought that I would minimize all the items in my startup sequence and see if that helped. However, the startup sequence seems to have a mind of its own. I de-checked virtually all the programs in the boot sequence. I also double checked that they're also unchecked when I look at them in the dock (the option "open at Login" is NOT checked). And yet, somehow they all start up anyhow. I noticed that it seems to freeze more often when I'm in the MAIL program, but sometimes in other programs as well... Can't figure this out! any feedback would be welcome. thanks!