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just posting for some basic advice, or technical help.... I keep getting a grey screen of death its happened 3 times in the past 2 weeks, the computer resets ok and then works fine for a while .... but i don't know whats going on ... or how to check for any problems ? ? I never had this problem before, I have discovered a small dent in my rear cover near the CD drive slot, I dont know when this has occured, maybe recently ... but its minor... almost invisible ... the laptop hasn't been dropped or anything like that and I assume its happened whilst in my bag so no serious shock .... ..I don't know if this has any bearing on anything �I got a report and have posted it below : it says its processor ? ?Tbh Ive found this laptop to be very slow on certain things since I have had it, esp when launching finder �. or the dashboard, it take forever to fill in the information and finder takes ages to fill in the mb in each folder or to load the app icons and often crashes , which Iwouldnt expect with a I7 ... but this has been like it since the start so assumed it a osx bug ..., can anyone suggest anything ? ? or what i should do, i dont want this happening in the middle of working on a video project etc .

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