My 2008 MacBook Pro has been a great laptop, best I've ever owned (and first Mac ). But, for the last couple of years it's begun to show it's age becoming worse as the months go by. I've upgraded the 4Gb memory to 8 gigs and have always kept it updated software wise ( Yosemite 10.10.1) and even cleared out as much off the HD as possible (208 of 300Gb available) but the pinwheel of death shows up on a frustratingly regular basis and I can't help but think it's ol' 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/9600 GT have run their useful life (and I'm sure pales in comparison to 'modern' CPU/GPU's). My battery swells to the point of having limited use of the touch pad and the DVD drive works intermittently. But, it still keeps trudging on and certainly has sealed my devotion to Mac's. All I need is for it to make into 2015 when the new laptops come out. In the meantime that pinwheel, seemingly anchor like weight and slow performance is driving me crazy! Ok, sorry, just had to vent. move along folks, nothing to see here.