Color Pinwheel

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by hackletip, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. hackletip macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased an IMAC 27" OS Lion 10.7. On two occasions I have lost my cursor that turned into a twirling colored pinwheel. Both times I had to force quit from the program I was using. Each time I was asked to send a report to Apple. Does anyone know what causes this?
     
  2. Jare macrumors 65816

    Jare

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    #2
    Obviously the program you were using had stopped responding.
     
  3. hackletip thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So this is what I can expect to see when there is a failure in the program? Or does this pinwheel show up for other mishaps?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    The spinning beachball of death shows up whenever a program takes too long to process events, that is it stops responding to OSX managing the program. Sometimes this is because its busy executing a task, most other times its because its hung and needs to be force closed.

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    Here's a nicely detailed explanation
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinning_wait_cursor
     

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