Activity Monitor Not Responding

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iMerlin, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. iMerlin macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    Hey all, I did a search and didnt find anything, but thats what they all say!
    Im running SL (updated of course) on my MacBook Pro 4,1. Im fairly new to Macs and to be honest I didnt even know about Activity Monitor till very recently. So I figured I would check out whats going on with my system and fire it up. Activity Monitor does not respond. It starts to open but then sits at this screen with a beach ball...


    After a while I usually just Force Quit. Ive ran Onyx recently as well as Disk Repair and everything seems ok.

    Any thoughts??
  2. cedricbd macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    Activity monitor not responding

    Well, it's quite an old post, but its about the same problem as the one I'm experiencing right now. Activity monitor will open, but nothing happens, just the beach ball spinning and spinning. I tried restating my mbp (early 2010) but it won't change anything. Help please!
  3. iMerlin thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008

    Sorry to be the messenger of bad news but I ended up having to reload Snow Leopard and it now works like a charm.
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Launch Terminal, and type “top” to see what that shows.

    Also, go to ~/Library/Preferences/ and move the file to the desktop (i.e., delete the plist from Preferences). Run Activity Monitor and see if it works now.
  5. cedricbd macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    thanks for the hints, but none of them worked...
    I guess I'll have to reinstall leopard

    Thanks a lot though
  6. reggae02005 macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011
    Found a solution

    For the last year I've had a problem with the "spinning beachball" or pinwheel whenever I opened activity monitor. I had no idea what was going on, i have 8Gb of RAM and a mbp snow leopard 6. When I first got the computer I customized some of the folders and created my own "dummie" folder to house some of the applications and then the fan effect of the folder would show everything in the folder. Well, as it turns out moving applications is not something you should do on mac. I put the activity monitor back in the "Utilities" folder and everything went back to normal. hope this is enough information, and it solves someone else's problems.
  7. C1raider macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Spot on with moving it back to the utilities folder, Thanks
  8. artofmac macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    make alias under utility folder itself and then cut (or drag it out) to desktop.

    That will work too.

    Btw, thanks a lot the last post helped me alot too.
  9. baytapes macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2013
    wanted to say thanks

    reggae02005 I just wanted to say thanks. I had this same problem and had moved the activity monitor application to my dock. I was getting the spinning ball and the program was not responding. Anyways I did what you said below and ka ching it's working like a charm now. I'm so glad this was posted here. :)

  10. aidimnaushad macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2016
    just do the SMC rest ,had the same problem


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