Hi everyone, I'm not much of a poster here. I tend not to tale part in discussions, because I still consider myself a newbie and not very knowledgeable about Apple or their products (I simply don't have the funds to become an expert). However, I have a problem with OS X that I need some help with because my Applecare just expired. What happened was this. I needed some files for school, so I e-mailed them to myself to access at home. I got home, and when I clicked on mail I got the beach ball. Then everything froze up on me. So I figured I'd restart using control--power. When it started up again it stayed in the grayed out startzone (you know, with the Apple logo, and the little spinny thing underneath?) So then I tried restarting it again. This time it again got to that point and then froze. I've had this problem before and it's always been a fairly quick fix as I recall, I just can't remember what I did to fix it. And Apple won't help me anymore. So if any of you could, I would greatly appreciate it.