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One other thought comes to mind. Check your Login Items (System Preferences, Accounts, your_user_id, Login Items).

What else is running on the machine by default? You mention that you have 2GB of RAM, so there should be plenty, but the fact that you can make the situation much worse by running a memory hog like Aperture suggests that you are running low on RAM. This makes me wonder what ELSE might be consuming your RAM?

If you don't have the excellent freeware Menu Meters you should get it, install it and enable both the CPU monitoring and the memory monitoring. That way you can keep an eye on these critical resources at all time to be sure that they are not being hogged.

Finally, how much disk space do you have left? Could it be that your Mac is just starting to thrash due to low disk space?

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