Guys, I'm having a panic attack and I'd really appreciate if anyone could give me any advice. To start off, ever since the recent software update, the spinning beach ball just pops up out of nowhere and it froze everything. I couldn't do anything other than manually turn the comp off and restart it. Just a few minutes ago, I had the same problem. (Spinning ball appearing while I was on Windows XP using VMware Fusion) So, I turned the iMac off manually by holding down the power button. When I tried to restart by releasing the power button and then holding down the "power button" again, I get the sound on a blank screen but the gray apple logo never comes up! I've tried this 5 times already. I even held down the shift key while I turned on my Mac to go to safe mode but nothing happens.