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I have iMac computer made in 2008.RAM 2GB.Recently it frequently freezes up (beach ball appears and no matter how long I wait it does not go away) Disk Utility does not indicate any problems .Considering this and the fact that I do not hear any clicks,noises etc makes the impending failure of HD unlikely.The only way to deal with the problem is to switch off the computer using a power button.Switching to another browser does not help.It can happen regardless of what I am doing eg seiing a webpage reading email)When these problems occur there is usually approx 50% of fre memmory and a lot of free space on HD.I did not recently install any new sofrware My operating system is OX 10.8.6.

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It could be "bad RAM" -- run a RAM-testing program, or remove the RAM and install different RAM.

Like trying to use chalk to write on a chalk-board that has a few "greasy" spots, and being unable to read what you wrote, having bad RAM causes the computer to "freeze" when it cannot read from the RAM.

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