I have a mac book pro running 10.6.2 with 4 gb or ram. Its a pretty nice laptop.
Anyway the most basic programs seem to hang and then come back to life. I am looking at mac mail, safari and firefox. For example I will open firefox and browse to a web site. The beach ball will appear and in the force quit applications window it will say (not responding) next to the application for a few minutes and then it will return and be responsive again.
I know that this can happen sometimes but this is just not normal. I use disk utilty to verify the hard drive and it says that the hard drive seems fine.
I am trying to narrow down the problem but I haven't figured any specific thing that is causing this.
Any suggestions as to how to troubleshoot this type of issue on a mac will be greatly appreciated.