Hi Let me start out by concluding that i have googled this, a lot, and simply want your advice anyway! My 1.5 months old MBP (before the update = 2,56GHz 13" 4GB RAM) have been slow for the past few weeks. I really don't understand this, since it's all new and should be running a lot more smoothly. I get the Beachball a lot even when just using Safari while having a few light apps running in the background. The only things i've tried so far is repairing the disk permissions and having Spotlight re-index my harddrive(s). 1. Can someone please have a look at my Activity Monitor and see if there's a problem there - i myself can't seem to find it, since i have a bunch of free and passive RAM to spare. 2. Can the problem be having to many applications installed - not running? Can't see why since they aren't running, but i'm not sure. 3. Can the problem be having my external harddrive (USB) plugged in all the time? Again, just wanna make sure! 4. What about having VMWare Fusion installed and having Win XP on Suspend (not Shut Down) in there? Again, can't see why, since the Fusion app itself is closed. 5. Having a lot of Spaces (six)? Thanks a bunch in advance! EDIT: Forgot to ask. Are there any test(s) i can run to get an idea of how much slower my MBP is than it "rightfully should be" - something to compare it to?