Beach Ball of Death on my 15" ub MBP :(

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pthurgood, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. pthurgood macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    For about 2 Weeks now i have been getting the BeachBall of Death every couple of minuets, for a couple of minuets each.

    It seems to be random programs that freeze. as in it might be Firefox, Then Itunes, then VMWare, even System Profiler AND Force Quit Applications!!!

    (Running 10.6.1 by the way)

    Long story short, If it was running it would freeze and produce a BBOD. :(

    I read that some people were having issues with Adobe Flash Player. so i used the tool provided by Adobe to completely remove it from the system… No good, i still got BBOD.

    So i figured what the hell, I've got the restore disks, its a pain but i figured, "hey format, install clean"


    I'm still getting BBOD of a fresh install of 10.6.0, I have updated to 10.6.1. still no good.

    While simply writing this Post out, firefox has hung around 6 times…
    Its got to the point where my system is pretty much unusable..

    Does anyone have any ideas? at this point i would be considering a hardware fault…Should i contact Apple? its a 6 month old Unibody Macbook Pro 15"… :(

    I have tried the Downgrade tool from Firmware 1.7 to 1.6. but the tool does not run.



    Hardware Overview:
      Model Name:	MacBook Pro
      Model Identifier:	MacBookPro5,1
      Processor Name:	Intel Core 2 Duo
      Processor Speed:	2.66 GHz
      Number Of Processors:	1
      Total Number Of Cores:	2
      L2 Cache:	6 MB
      Memory:	4 GB
      Bus Speed:	1.07 GHz
      Boot ROM Version:	MBP51.007E.B00
      SMC Version (system):	1.41f2
      Serial Number (system):	W89112C571A
      Hardware UUID:	63111576-FA6B-5933-8544-0AF63FC4C158
      Sudden Motion Sensor:
      State:	Enabled
    Hitachi HTS543232L9SA02:
      Capacity:	320.07 GB (320,072,933,376 bytes)
      Model:	Hitachi HTS543232L9SA02                 
      Revision:	FB4AC50F
      Serial Number:	081219FB1403LPJLWETF
      Native Command Queuing:	Yes
      Queue Depth:	32
      Removable Media:	No
      Detachable Drive:	No
      BSD Name:	disk0
      Rotational Rate:	5400
      Partition Map Type:	GPT (GUID Partition Table)
      S.M.A.R.T. status:	Verified

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  2. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    Maybe there is an incompatibility between OS X 10.6 and the laptop, or maybe the hardware is broken. Since it's still under warranty, I suggest letting Apple fix it immediately.
  3. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Have you run disk utility, verified the disk permissions / verified the hard disk. Could be file system errors.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Have you downloaded the latest Performance Update from Apple (check Software Update)? It might help...

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