beachball

Discussion in 'iMac' started by t1rider321, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. t1rider321 macrumors regular

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    May 8, 2005
    #1
    i keep getting the beachball and my iMac freezes for a few seconds. i have intel its doing it a few times a minute, i tried closing all my applications but its still doing it. any ideas?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #2
    If you reboot, are you able to do ANYTHING before it starts, or does it do it immediately?

    Major (pronounced mad-jewer™) things to try:

    1) Does reboot help?

    2) Does repair permissions from disk utility help?

    3) Reboot from install DVD, repair the disk, does this help? Do you get beachballs when booted off the DVD?

    4) If you create a new account, does that have this problem?

    5) If you get this far on the list, and the answers are no, no, no, yes, then you probably have bad memory....

    If you still have warranty, might be expedient to go complain to Apple. :(
     
  3. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Location:
    US of A
    #3
    Try looking in System Prefs > Accounts > Login Items.

    What all is on the list?

    (Those are items that startup when the computer turns on) They might be working in the background and causing the "beach ball effect."


    Open up the system monitor. Do you have a bunch of stuff running in there hogging either CPU or Mem usage?
     

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