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Computer freezes after about 5 min of use, with the rainbow twirling. Have tried apps/util/ repair and still the same prob. Have a MacBook.

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Click on the apple icon at the left top corner of your screen and then click on about this mac. Then select more info. Now select the Memory and look on the screen to see if the status is "OK" for both RAM chips. Spinning wheel of death means something is wrong with the RAM chips. Take the RAM chips out and replace them with new ones or take them out and re-seat them and see if that helps. If that don't help, then select the "system preferences icon". Click on accounts under the system title., select your icon account, then click on login items, and then select all the items on the list and click on the minus button to get rid of them. Then restart your computer to see if that don't help any. All these login in items are not needed and slow down your machine a lot. Your not actually deleting the programs-your only removing them from the startup files. So don't be scared. If that don't help, then back up your files and re-install your OS. If that don't help, then your SOL and you got to see the expensive Apple tech and have them put in a new logic board for ya.

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