OS X Mavericks :: Any Operation Involving Finder Hangs - Beach Ball
Jun 26, 2014
Friend has 13" MBP mid 2010. We upgraded to Mavericks about six weeks ago. Then, about a month ago, any operation involving the Finder hangs, and I get a beach ball that lasts at least several minutes. Other applications, like MS Office and browsers, are unaffected unless we try to open, save, or close a document. Attempting to open any folder causes the same problem.
I replaced his old hard drive with a new SSD and did a restore from TM, and the problem came back after a few days. Otherwise the machine works fine. Disk Utility reads fine.
I created a new account as a test, and did not have the same problem. So, I'm convinced it is something to do with his account, or with some app that affects his account. It doesnt' seem to be a system problem because no one else in his SOHO is experiencing it. And, because the second account works, I don't think it is a hardware problem like a bad cable (I've read lots about this).
I'm going to try to strip down the machine and delete a bunch of stuff like Dropbox, and I'll recreate his NAS access to see if that works.
His keychain won't remember one of two NAS passwords (I mount a TM volume and a production share on boot). TM mounts automatically but the production mount asks for his password every time. I've tried Keychain first aid.
I get the spinning beach ball (SBBOD) after a few minutes of operation. The hard drive is indexing as well. I tried booting the computer in Safe Mode and I get NO beach ball and the computer seems to be perfectly fine. I recently upgraded my hard drive about 6 months ago. I am not sure if this is a hardware or software problem. I also tried running the hardware test, but I downloaded lion via the App Store and pressing "D" at boot up doesn't do anything. I am about ready to erase my hard drive and try to re-install my info from time machine. Unfortunately, I haven't done a back up in quite a while.
I have the 2.53ghz with 4gigz of Ram MacMini from Xmas 2009.A few of you know that I had been trying out different SSD's before finally jumping on with OWC 60gig SSD. I've had it for about 2 months now and it works great except I've recently been having my computer freeze and the beach ball of death appears constantly when on Safari and sometimes iMovie. After shutting down the computer manually, sometimes booting up will leave me at the grey screen for minutes before i shut it down and wait maybe 30 mins before i fire it up again, which usually works 9/10 times.
I also noticed the beach ball delaying certain processes like loading Safari or a webpage. For example, I have my OWC External hooked up via FireWire800 with just my music and videos, however occasionally if im browsing thru websites or loading a program it'll cycle the external and have the beachball as if trying to load something before proceeding. It is more an annoyance than a problem.
I ran disk utility on all my drives as well as the Apple Hardware Test CD to see if maybe my Logic Board was the problem. I did the general test as well as the indepth test, both show negative signs of a problem.Can anyone shed some light on what could be the problem?Should I put the factory drive back in and take it to Apple to run their diagnostic test?Could the SSD be failing? (I could RMA it, but didn't know if its an Apple issue vs OWC)
I upgraded my MacBook Pro quad core 2.5 from Lion to Mavericks. Since then I get a LOT of beachballs when I'm using Finder. I repaired permissions, deleted com.apple.finder.plist (twice) and finally reinstalled Mavericks over the first one. Still painfully slow and lots of beachballs.
03/06/2014 18:10:13.994 launchservicesd: Application App:"Finder" asn:0x0-1c01c pid:277 refs=8 @ 0x7fc8b870d950 tried to be brought forward, but isn't in fPermittedFrontApps ( ( "LSApplication:0x0-0xeb0eb pid=12980 "SecurityAgent"")), so denying. : LASSession.cp #1481 SetFrontApplication() q=LSSession 100005/0x186a5 queue [code]....
Info: MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3), Quad core 2.5GHz
Last night Firefox crashed and I got the beach ball icon. Soon every program had the beach ball icon when I moved the mouse over them. I tried to force quit them but the force quit window didn't even come up.
I ended up just holding in the power button and turning it off. What should I do in this situation in the future. I'm guessing that just like with a PC you really shouldn't turn it off from the power button.
My 2008 2.8 - V 10.5.7 iMac has started to show the spinning beach ball on screen when I open most things , its only there for a few seconds things just seem to be slower opening than usual , once some thing has opened it runs normally , If I open finder, or an application the beach ball appears , Ive gone through the Verify Disk Permissions, Repair Disk Permissions Etc and all appears to be Ok . I have a 297.77GB Capacity internal HDD with 124 . 93GB Available . I have 4GB RAM installed , and the iMac is left running over night to perform any maintenance .
I am struggling with tags. I can watch the activity monitor on the server as we tag and see the finder spike thru the roof (then beach ball for two minutes!) even when tagging just 40 files. If I tag just one file I am getting the finder up to almost 50% activity.Interestingly, I also have someone tagging files over the network using the same iCloud account and I'm seeing huge activity spikes in icbaccountsd and sometimes quicklookd. I don't know if they are related but I can say that the networked machine also experiences difficulties in the same way.The files are on (various) external RAID enclosures that are connected via eSATA or SAS.
It seems only to affect the Finder because any apps running (even Premiere CC 2014 which is accessing projects and footage on those RAIDs over the network) seem to be fine. Even as the Finder goes thru the roof and then crashes.The problem also persists when tagging files on the internal hard drive. I just selected 3000 jpegs, tagged them all with ONE original tag and... BOOM Finder (Not Responding) 198% CPU and beach ball for two minutes. Then the finder goes back to being responsive.
I understand that this is NOT the norm and I'm not seeing many similar complaints.We have already forced the server to re-build the spotlight index. Next I am going to move the RAID to another computer and will update with results.I really hope that Apple takes tags all the way. Currently the foundation is there but searching is lame and tagging a lot of files is slow even without the issues above. Too much clicking...
I recently reformatted my mbp because the filesystem crashed and I couldn't repair it. Everything works fine except it beach balls a lot now and it's driving me crazy. It will beach ball quite frequently for like a minute or 2 randomly. This never used to happen until I reformatted it. I ran the disk utility repair and it still beach balls. I think its just a bad install. I have the Early08 MPB and Snow Leopard.
Sometimes I will go for a while without using my computer. For example, if I step out for a meeting or lunch. Other times I will just be using an application that does not need to access the data drive which is a WD. When I come back to my computer or try to access the data drive I get the spinning BeachBall. For example, I just came back from being out for a couple hours. I came back to my computer which was not sleeping, only the monitor was. I launched Safari and after going to a few web sites everything was fine. Then I went to [URL] and the spinning BeachBall came up and then I heard the WD drive kick in (like a jet firing up if you will). Then the website loaded and the spinning BeachBall was gone. Here is what I have in System Preferences:
EnergyComputer Sleep: Never Display Sleep: 1 hr Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible: CHECKED Wake for network access: UNCHECKED
Does this have anything to do with having Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible: CHECKED? If so, does this mean if I UNCHECK it, the drive will continue to spin until I either a) shut the computer down or b) put the computer to sleep? And, this will remedy the spinning BeachBall? I am using WD RE3 drives so if the above is true, do I need to worry about the drive spinning 24x7 if unattended and the computer never sleeps?
When moving check boxes in Acrobat Pro 9, the spinning beach ball comes up and stays up for 10 minutes. Not sure if this is a snow leopard issue or cs4. Computer is new. Running x.6, unibody macbook pro.
I started off with Parallels 4 and installed the 64-bit Win7 but then decided to switch back and do 32-bit instead through Windows OS because I noticed it was running a little slow. There's no difference though but now I can't go back to 64-bit. Now I'm using Parallels 5 and there is no difference. I just transferred my system from Parallels 4 to 5 and not a reinstall. Furthermore, I'm trying to run TeamFortress 2 off steam in windows and the only way it can be somewhat playable is when I turn all the video settings completely down but even then water reflections completely freeze up my computer.
When I have Mail turned off it happens much less frequently. But, it does still occur...Safari seems to be the other party (and who knows what else).I'm on a brand new Macbook Pro.Aside from hoping that this is resolved with 10.6.3
I have been experiencing the spinning beach ball. Eventualy my screen turns to dark blue/indigo (not black), then I get Front Row on my screen (V.2.1.7). The only thing that will get rid of it is pounding on keys, usually command or option or escape or some combo of them gets my desktop screen back.It's becomming annoying. I have run disc repair, and repair permissions. This probably happens several times a week (2.3,4) I don't know if there is a way of disabling Front Row ( it may just select something else to appear). I have been thinking about things as drastic as reinstalling system or replacing my Mac.
Info: iMac (20-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
I clicked on my email and I got the spinning beach ball. Couldn't do anything. Couldn't click on anything. Let it sit there for about 5 minutes and tried to quit using the keyboard. Didn't work. I had to use the power button and restart with a force quit.
When I open a document, it opens but without text and the title is grayed out. After 5-7 seconds, the text and title appear but the beach ball starts going and I can't do anything except force quit.This started after an odd incident yesterday. I was working on a document I'll call A. I've been editing this document for a long time. So the file is named A.cwk. I'm not sure how I closed or saved it, but it did not appear on my desktop as usual.
I was updating my bookmarks in Safari and decided to get rid of the included News RSS-feeds that originally came with the browser because i use my own RSS-feeds. Shortly after our so beloved spinning beach ball of death appeared. I let it spin a bit but then decided to force-quit Safari. I restarted with knowing i could use my most favorite browser on the mac again but not so. Right after starting it the damn beach ball appeared again and didn't stop spinning. I force-quit again, restarted the app, force-quit again, same ****. I then let it do for like 10min's in hope it's doing some unknown calculations for whatever reasons after i deleted those RSS-feeds, it didn't stop. SO I restarted and thought ok this must be it, this must finally work! NO IT DIDN'T. I then did an Onyx maintenance cleaning to get rid of the web cache, etc, didn't work either. I went to download Webkit in hope that would work but no, it doesn't I can't believe this, WTF?!? All I did was getting rid of those RSS-bookmarks. What am I supposed to do now? Will a re-install of Safari work? I'm not even sure if the latest version for Snow Leopard is available for download?
I've been having some strange occurances on my 2007 MacPro (2,1) where, in certain apps, the Beach Ball of Death will appear and the app will freeze or hang. I can be using the app for some time and perhaps do one thing, and the BBOD appears, the app hangs and the only way out is to Force Quit.It has even happened once or twice with Finder which forces a reboot.The app it tends to hang most in is Toast, especially when I go to burn a DVD. It will start the burn process, then just hang (the optical drive will start to spin up-- as if to start the burn-- then spin down and the BBOD appears. A Force Quit ensues.I can try to burn again and again but no luck, unless I restart the Mac Pro. Then it will work, no problem.But it has also hung using Mail, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and especially Time Machine.I've gone as far as disconnecting Time Machine drive just to see if it is the culprit, as the majority of the initial hangs seemed to be associated with seeing the TM menu "clock" spinning, indicative of TM is doing a backup. Except the backup is taking forever and apps begin to BBOD as it spins.I can check the TM Buddy widget, which just says: "Starting standard backup Backing up to: /Volumes/TM Backups/ Backups. backupdb". Normally there's a lot more information than these couple of lines, especially if TM has been going a while.If I try to stop TM using the TM pulldown menu, the BBOD appears and it hangs, yet the clock icon continues to spin. And if I try to Force Quit, it hangs (and on one or two occasions, the Finder has even showed a BBOD and hung.And while I can move the cursor and click around the Desktop, there is no response.)If I click on an app in the Dock, then the icon freezes in the Dock at its Magnification position and I can do nothing to make it go back. Then I usually just do a reboot and all is well for a while.
I did add two extra Gigs of SDRAM about two weeks ago (from Crucial) and no problem.I did use Tech Tool Pro 5 and tested the Memory, which tested okay. Also, I can check Volume Structures with Tech Tool 5 on the main drive and it says everything is good. (I have two internal spare drives and one external firewire 1.5 TB G-RAID) I've used Disk Utility on the OS drive and checked Verify Disk on the Startup Drive and the others and after awhile, it says the hard drive(s) seem to be okay. I've even ran Apple Jack to see if cleaning things up would help but no dice.The only software I've added (on Monday and the problem started Monday) was a Seagate Diagnostic program to test some external USB Seagate GoFlex archive drives-- these are not always connected or mounted to the Mac Pro. When I started experiencing problems and it crashed or hung several times on Monday-- I trashed the Seagate Diagnostic program.The TM has also been shut down and unplugged as I tended to see more hangs and BBOD when it was in a backup process.The first TM backup of the day goes smoothly.An hour later, when it automatically begins another backup, the TM clock icon spins forever and trouble ensues as noted above)I'm wondering if it is my main Macintosh drive.It is a 250 GB drive, about 70% full and has worked fine until now.
Info: MacPro (June 07), Mac OS X (10.5.6), Duo Core 2.66 Ghz, G-RAID @ 1.5 TB