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IMac OS X Version 10.3.0 800 MHz PCG4 MEMORY256 MBSDRAM

While doing the simplest of commands in a document word processing, moving cursor etc. boot up etc.  the pinwheel (roulette wheel) comes on and I have to sit and wait, takes forever to do business!!
What is wrong!?!
HELP !! STEVE LAT.ENT@ATT.NET

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Steve, have you ran the Disk Utilities application to repair disk permissions?

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