Why the Spinning BeachBall on Mac Mini?

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

  1. macrumors member

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    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?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

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    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

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    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

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    It's most likely Ram mine would do that and since i upgrade haven't seen it once.
     

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