PowerPC :: System Making Weird Noises / Permanent Spinning Beach Ball?
Apr 14, 2007
1.33 Ghz) has started acting up, and while I think I know what the problem is, I'd like some confirmation.The symptoms:
After starting the PB up, it runs for about 5 minutes before we get a permanent spinning beach ball. When the beach ball is up, I hear what sounds like (and is coming from) the hard drive. It sounds like it's spinning either way to fast, or as if something is wrong with it. All the open programs freeze, and we do a forced shut down.Also, the first time this happened, we had a song playing in iTunes. The song would play a 2 second clip, then stop, then start, and continue to stutter.
We've tried turning the computer off, unplugging the battery and the power, but it still does this.I think it's a hard drive problem, and that we need a new hard drive. Does this sound correct?
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 .
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 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?
When I launch Mail, there's no new mail. When I try to use one of the drop-down menus, I get a spinning beach ball of death, and a program freeze; I can't even access the Mail menu anymore.To bring my computer back to normal, I Force Quit Mail - and that will stop the freeze. What's the best way to restore functioning on Mail given this error?
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.
Having problems today and yesterday regarding spinning beach ball and inability to force quit. Resort to power button restart.
Both times I was online using Safari browser. Now temporarily using Firefox just to see if this happens again or not. Meanwhile wondering if it is safari or possibly because I've had iwork 09 opened while browsing.
Just as a test while the ball was spinning, unplugged my server connections, then plugged back in. But this wasn't the issue. In addition, checked preferences when this happened tonight.
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Since I installed Yosemite OS 10.10.1 on my imac, I frequently get that spinning ball, when using Safari. Doing a search for this problem it appears that there are a lot of others with the same condition.
Every attempt to open Aperture results in a spinning beach ball. When attempting to force quit, every program freezes. I am running a MacBook Pro, OS X 10.9.3, 8 GB Ram. Have deleted and reinstalled the program from the App store with the same results. Purchased Aperture a few months ago and began without difficulties. However, recently, the program simply stopped working.
I have a Rev A 12 inch Powerbook - 867 mHz, 640 RAM, 40 GB hard drive. The machine's always been reliable and has performed great over the years. I bought it the last week of July, 2003.
Yesterday, the Pbook was shut down, and I press the on button so it would boot up. Almost immediately, the hard drive makes a loud, whirring noise. The computer advances to the gray screen with the Apple logo, but it doesn't get past that point and the noise continues, as if it's a car engine that just won't start...
I'm going to take it to my local Apple Store in the morning, and hopefully the data, including my nearly 22 GB of music, can be saved. Any thoughts on how to get my computer working again? By the way, it's the original hard drive installed. Hopefully this is enough info to generate some ideas, I'm stumped.
I am running a MacPro 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 8 GB RAM and OS 10.6.6 that is connected to an AirPort Extreme connected to a Westell DSL modem. Lately I have been experiencing strange behavior that I can not solve. When I first start up, Safari and Mail generally launch and work properly. But after a while, from 10 minutes to an hour, I get strange behavior. In Safari, pages take a long time to load- with a spinning beach ball for several minutes. Or they don't load at all. In Mail, I can't get new mail- a get a message that I'm not connected to the internet. When I go to System Preferences and check the Network, it says I am connected.
Rebooting usually solves the problem, but I am forced to reboot once an hour or so. Also, other programs show strange behavior- either failing to launch or crashing. This happens frequently with Photoshop Elements 9 and occasionally with Pages. I am also running a PowerPC Dual 2.3 GHz using OS 10.5.8 off the AirPort Extreme that runs fine and experiences none of these problems. Both machines are connected by ethernet cables to the AirPort Extreme.
just ran a recent update for my macbook pro/mid 2010, and the computer just woke up with a plain blue screen & spinning beach ball - I had to do a hard shut down.I am also having the problem of having my screen going black for a couple of seconds, I read up on it in Support. But I was wondering if there is something else going on.
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.
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.
It doesn't matter what application I use, be it Photoshop, Safari, Chrome, InDesign... or whatever... when I go to "Save" or "Open" and get a file browser window, I get the dreaded spinning beachball. It takes at least 60 seconds or more before it stops spinning and I am then able to save, open or choose files (whatever I happen to be doing at the time).
I've checked my Energy Saver prefs. Nothing is set to "sleep". I've already checked disk permissions (OK). I have NO external HDs, only 2 internal factory HDs. 12 GB RAM, 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon. One day I just started having this issue and I can't figure this out. It really slows down my work when I have to "wait" a couple mins every time I want to "Open" or "Save" or "Choose" a file from the file browser window. What the heck gives here??? Please, am I missing something? I have no USB Devices attached, but I am on a network in my office.