Hi everybody, here is the deal. One day as I'm turning on the computer (2008 imac) somebody (not going to say who) decides to just turn the computer off just about 3-4 seconds after I clicked the power button. When I booted up the computer again many things were wrong. 1. The computer runs extremely slow, both in my windows and mac partitions, I've pretty much concluded that this is hard drive problem since it takes forever to load applications and they run slow if and when they do finally load up. 2. Boot time is much greater, takes several minutes to fully boot up either of the partitions. So I basically try to figure out what was wrong. I perform disk repair and verify disk operations from the disk utility, and the problem persists. I reinstall the mac OS (Leopard) with the archiving option. The problems still persist. It gets to a point where I can no longer even boot into the mac partition and if I try it keeps restarting itself. One time a no smoking sign came up without the cigarette (if that makes sense). The windows partition continues to run even slower. Sometimes I can't even log in to my account on the windows side and the computer freezes up. Eventually I ended wiping the mac partition completely and doing a fresh install of Leopard. It fixed the problem somewhat but I feel the mac isn't running as fast it was before and there are other problems. If I update to 10.5.8 the update fails with an error saying something about airport scripts. Anyway I said fine then I won't update it. I decided to erase the windows partition that was still running slow after the fresh install. deleted it and proceeded to make another windows partition. I couldn't do it. The mac kept ejecting the installation CD, displaying Hard drive information incorrectly before partitioning (said I had 314 GB total, even though I have 250 GB HD!!!), and during the formatting of the windows installation said unable to format after sitting at 0% for about 30 min. I tried NTFS quick instead of NTFS formatting, when I did that, it said the hal.dll file was missing or corrupted. I gave up on a windows XP partition and figured maybe my disc was damaged or scratched. I erased the partition but the imac would still try to boot into Windows. I had to go into system pref and set default startup disk to the Macintosh HD (even though no other disk was there). So I tried burning a windows 7 release candidate iso onto a DVD to use that for the boot camp partition. It couldn't even burn the disc. Halfway through it stops and says unable to "burn "disc image name" 0x00000005". I read around it says the disc might not be compatible with the mac. I doubt it since I've burnt to these discs before without a hitch. I'm really frustrated and pissed off and my hatred for Apple is at an all time high. Does anybody know what the heck I'm supposed to do or is this internal damage and it has to be taken to the shop. I don't think a computer should do this if someone turns it off prematurely.