I avoided mamp because I didn't want to install anymore than necessary and the hard drive is getting rather full. But I've tried mySQL 5 and 4 and both times it's taking FOREVER and there are times the little spinner stalls completely. I'm told it should only take a few minutes but this is from a Windows person, not someone with a not so new macbook with only a gig of RAM. It's outright frozen a couple of times. Would this work better if installed manually? Should I leave it on and just let it run without bothering it? Or do I need to find a way to get that stick of RAM (I fear that will mean deciding between leaving at the mac place and trying to survive for days on a PC diet - which will choke me - or allowing a non mac person install the RAM. ) It's got 1 gig RAM and is running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. It's a first generation intel macbook.