Beachball for approx 10 sec when opening app first time...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Chairman.Jobbie, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Chairman.Jobbie macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    Since using lion whenever i open an app for the first time - most of them - i get the beachball for 10 seconds'ish then i can start using app. The system remains useable so only the app is affected for that time.

    It just happened using Quicktime so its native as well as 3rd party apps.

    I found this thread about deleting ~/Library/Application Support/Ubiquity/ but it didnt work for me

    Anyone experienced this problem and know a fix?

  2. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    How much memory is on your system? What kind of system exactly are you running?

    Lion supposedly runs in 2 gb of RAM but a lot of people think that 4 gb is a better ( more realistic ) system base to run it.

    Shot in the dark guess is that maybe your system is swapping out memory to fit in your new app.

    What does activity monitor show you on the system memory tab?
  3. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    First off, go into startup items in finder and login items in preferences and turn every startup thing off, reboot and see what happens. It may be some background app. Then if not fixed, check in finder in launch daemons and launch agents. From there I would run certain disk repair commands (google mac disk repair for suggestions), permissions fix etc.
  4. Chairman.Jobbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    I have the latest MacBook Air 13 Ultimate i7 4Gb 256 HD etc.

    So it very unlikely to be a ram problem. The MBA FLIES on everything except the first time opening most apps - i havent logged which ones but def both apple and 3rd party.

    I hardly ever see the beachball, esp for any longer than 1 sec, except in the scenario outlined.

    Its def a permissions or something problem.
  5. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    lol how was I able to guess that the OS would be Lion, just from reading the heading of the thread!??!
  6. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    Finder>Applications>Utilitys>Disk Utility
    Then repair the permissions (click main HDD or SDD then repair permissons)
    Or click verify disk ;)
  7. Chairman.Jobbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks but this was the first thing i did - doesnt work.

    I found this but i havent tried it yet i dont know 'fully' how icloud works on the mac.
    "I will get the spinning beachball for 5-10 seconds and cannot interact with the program in any way."
  8. WonkyPanda macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2010
    I have the same exact issue with Pages and Preview. Interesting to think that it's iCloud because that makes sense.
  9. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    No iCloud for me and I also have new 2011 mba.

    I do not ever have anything like what you described. All my apps launch immediately. As you noted the mba 2011 just flies.

    Hmmm ... kind of suspicious.
  10. blueteq macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2011
    Lion Beach ball when opening apps

    I had the same issue and it only seemed to affect "Lion Ready" Applications.
    As soon as I signed out of iCloud the symptoms disappeared...

    Not the solution I was hoping...
  11. Chairman.Jobbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    I finally got around to turning docs & data off in icloud settings.

    So far, ive not noticed any delay & spinning of previous icloud ready apps.

    I only have one mac so icloud aint that important it seems, and i use dropbox & backup every few days to external.

    Anyway, nice to know its not some weird untraceable lion bug - that would bug me...
  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Uh... because maybe you're in the LION forum?

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