Why the Spinning BeachBall on Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by afuturestrader, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    A few months ago I purchased a Mac mini as my introduction to Mac. It is a nice machine and I really like Leopard.

    Every so often (on ocassion, not all the time) I get a spinning beach ball for about 2 to 4 seconds.

    What might be the cause? Processor tapped out? Using all Ram? Or is this inherent in operating system?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    The Mac Mini is a great little machine although a tad underpowered. The spinning beachball is saying "hold on a moment I'm just doing something"

    Don't worry we all see it from time to time .. :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    It could very well be ram. You don't say how much you have, but if there's not enough room in ram to do a task it will write temp files to disk and that might be your beachball.

    The more ram you have, the less you should see the ball, but even so, I like to restart my comp every few days to eliminate all of the temp/swap files that have built up. It's not necessary, but it keeps things speedy.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    It's most likely Ram mine would do that and since i upgrade haven't seen it once.

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