right, problems first appeared when i try to open a file in an application, say i want to load a new image in msn as my display picture - when the diologue box opens up and i navigate to the file, it takes literally five minutes to come out of spinning beachball mode. This is a dual 1.8ghz G5 with 10gb free. this concerned me and slowed down my work flow (got around it by dragging images onto app's icon to open em - worked fine). Now more problems have appeared, it literally took me 5 minutes to load this page, http://www.apple.com/support/ - wont even load the images after ten minutes... yet sites such as bbc.com are as fast as ever. is my hard drive about to die? - this is pretty urgent as i make my living through this computer. thanks people edit; i've already done repair/verify permissions and everything was fine.