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Factory Refurbished - 2.4 ghz core2 duo MB Pro - 4 gig ram - osx 10.6.4
I do a lot of work with Adobe CS3 Master suite.

OK... it's been a little over 3 months since I went from PPC running Tiger, to a mac-intel running Snow Leopard. I like some aspects of my upgrade but some others puzzle me, and I don't know if these are common issues, or if they indicate a problem.

First, I do a lot of work with Graphic Design, digital media, etc. I will have Safari and Preview open almost all the time. Sometimes Photoshop or Dreamweaver, too, but I try not to have all of these open at once. Anyway, I see the issue I'm about to describe most commonly happen with just Safari and Preview open.

I am terrible about keeping 50 , 60 safari tabs open at once. I will find something interesting on the web, or work related... and do a quick google for related subjects, which can quickly accumulate open tabs. Sometimes, when I click the "New Tab" button on the Tab Bar, the new tab window will appear to open slowly, and scrambled images will quickly run across the window, before it opens to the default Top Sites window. Occasionally the scrambled image might even appear to be of a graphic that I had open in preview.

Is there a memory leak issue that is going on here? Do I need more ram? Do I need to archive and reinstall the os?

Also, Flash pages can cause Safari to crash when I have multiple tabs open. Common problem or not? I had to instal the newest version of Flash since I do a lot of work with Adobe programs that require it.

Another thing, maybe unrelated, is I will save on-line reference documents, contracts and receipts from Safari in PDF format to my HD. Sometimes when I save multiple documents all at once, the finder window will open up the last folder location with each save... and sometimes it will open up to the main Documents folder instead.

Are these issues Safari related, hard ware related, corrupted OS related, RAM related?

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