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I have owned my new Powerbook for about three weeks now and have had it freeze up on me twice (all I was doing was browsing on Safari). Is there anything I can do when it freezes besides hold the Power button until it turns off? It is very frustrating to have to restart while I am doing things.

Also, is this something I should be concerned about? I previously used Windows and it very rarely froze on me...I was under the impression Mac OS was more stable, not less.
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Are you sure that all of your programs besides Safari are actually quit?
I know a lot of recent switchers just close out the window, but don't actually quit apps. One quick way to check is to see if there are any markers under the icons in the Dock. If Safari is the only thing open you should only see a marker on its icon and the Finder icon.
Also, how much RAM do you have? If you are only running the stock 512MB, and have multiple apps open, Dashboard running, etc. there is a higher likelyhood that the machine might freeze up.
You might also want to do a permissions repair. If you aren't sure how to do this, you can find info about it here:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h.../en/duh17.html

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yes only safari and dashboard are open (and I have norton anti virus) and i have 1 GB of RAM.
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Norton AntiVirus is a resource hog on Macs. I personally don't run it, but I have heard that it slows things down for some.
My suggestion would be to dump it, unless you are on a network with Windows systems and constantly transferring files back and forth from a Windows box and your Mac.

I would still do the permissions repair also.

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I have run NIS on my PB for almost 2 years, never slowed my system up, you don't even know it's there.Everyone should have virus protection, even a Mac.
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Well I'm on a college network so virus protection is probably a good idea.
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Well I'm on a college network so virus protection is probably a good idea.
In that case, yes you should keep the antivirus. A lot of schools require it to be installed.

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Should I do the first aid thing in disk utility for Macintosh HD or 74.5 GB TOSHIBA MK80....
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Nobody mentioned apple option esc to close out a program and not have to restart the entire system.... alot of switches to not know about the force quit option.

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I have run NIS on my PB for almost 2 years, never slowed my system up, you don't even know it's there.Everyone should have virus protection, even a Mac.
Network Information Services (NIS) why would you run that on a personal laptop?

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Network Information Services (NIS) why would you run that on a personal laptop?
Norton Internet Security....

....unless you are just being facetious, then :p

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I mentioned the freezing to a person in passing, she said if the person had a new PB and installed a update , they should get the combo update, it might help. I don't know what she means, just thought I would pass it on. Maybe somebody here knows what she is talking about.
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