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flowave

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I am getting more and more spinning wheels lately using the M1 Macbook Air 16GB /1TB.

It happens to Finder, illustrator, FCPX or chrome so far. I do use them heavily all together.

It usually happens when the app opened and not used for a while.

I had to force quit 10 times last few days and I think it's getting worse.

I know it does not get hot, but I am curious if the fanless design is to do with it.

I think it is more of Big Sur and Rosetta 2 / M1 issue.

To set up the Macbook Air, I used migration over the air. Maybe I need fresh install?
 

shenfrey

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I am getting more and more spinning wheels lately using the M1 Macbook Air 16GB /1TB.

It happens to Finder, illustrator, FCPX or chrome so far. I do use them heavily all together.

It usually happens when the app opened and not used for a while.

I had to force quit 10 times last few days and I think it's getting worse.

I know it does not get hot, but I am curious if the fanless design is to do with it.

I think it is more of Big Sur and Rosetta 2 / M1 issue.

To set up the Macbook Air, I used migration over the air. Maybe I need fresh install?

This isn't going to help, but if I had to rely on Chrome for my work or personal life I would never get a Mac. I am not sure why but Chrome just doesn't play well with Macs, high ram usage, battery draining and performance problems are just a few of things that have been reported with Chrome on Macs.

Try switching to a different browser temporally to see if it helps to reduce the amount of beachballs you get.
 
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flowave

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I think I found the problem. Too many screenshots on my desktop. I moved them to other drives and I think it solved the problem.
 

circatee

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My personal opinion would be to restore to factory and then setup manually (versus a migration).

See the update here, about the Migration app, for Big Sur...

UPDATE:
As a test, I would place the same quantity of actual photos on your desktop (not screenshots), and see if the issue occurs again. Rather odd that 'loads' of screenshots would cause that issue...
 
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flowave

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Yeah, I think it was just the 4000 screenshots on my desktop. It happened similarly with my previous 15" Macbook Pro. I think it is software limitation. It's been stellar so far.
 

xboxbml

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I think I found the problem. Too many screenshots on my desktop. I moved them to other drives and I think it solved the problem.
By default, your desktop is synced with iCloud. If it has to keep doing a lot of that maybe it's too much and it hangs. I keep NOTHING on my desktop. I like it clean
 
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circatee

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Yeah, I think it was just the 4000 screenshots on my desktop. It happened similarly with my previous 15" Macbook Pro. I think it is software limitation. It's been stellar so far.
Whoa, 4000 items on your desktop? That would drive me insane.
We have a user at work, she has lots, and lots of icons on her desktop. I ask her all the time, how on earth do you find anything...LOL

PS: Glad you figured it out...
 

flowave

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By default, your desktop is synced with iCloud. If it has to keep doing a lot of that maybe it's too much and it hangs. I keep NOTHING on my desktop. I like it clean
I think it's other than the syncing. I actually moved the 4000 files to a Document folder which is also synced to iCloud. I think just files in desktop rags the system.

Whoa, 4000 items on your desktop? That would drive me insane.
We have a user at work, she has lots, and lots of icons on her desktop. I ask her all the time, how on earth do you find anything...LOL

PS: Glad you figured it out...
I use Stack so they are actually one category.
 
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Tudy

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Jul 12, 2010
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I just bought my M1 a month ago (base model) and have noticed I get the spinning wheel a lot. I have not been able to narrow down when it happens. The last time (moments ago) I had taken 2 screen shots and messaged them to my sister. I accidentally opened one of the screen shots up in Preview. I don't use the red button to close apps- I use the menu bar and select EXIT. I have nothing on my desktop. Most everything is in the cloud so I am confused why this is happening as well. I will keep following this thread ( and try some resets etc) and log my steps that may have generated the spinning wheel.
 
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