Finder freezes when network hiccups

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DaveP, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    I did some searching and didn't find anything, so here's my problem. If I am transfering files over a network and I lose connectivity (even briefly, like WiFi cuts out then in) the finder freezes (spinning beachball, no response). A force restart of the finder does not help and I cannot even reboot unless I hold the power button to force it to turn off.

    It's not that big of a deal, just annoying. Does this happen to anyone else? Is there anything I am doing wrong or can do differently to prevent this? It has happened many times and on multiple networks. Actually now that I think back it happened the very first day I got my mac (g4 1GHz iBook) when I was copying files from my Windows desktop and the home network cut out for a sec. So it seems unlikely that it is something related to the os being dirty (like permissions :) )

  2. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    I experienced the exact same thing many times before. Perhaps the other thing I can add is that I was accessing a shared drive on a Windows machine via SMB.

    I'm wondering if I should use another file sharing mechanism, like NFS. Perhaps NFS will be more stable?
  3. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    yeah i have that problem when i transfer a lot of stuff from one computer to another by wi-fi. I can even do it directly by wi fi (set up a network with one computer and join it from the other. It's crappy.
  4. nekkets macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2004
    you guys are not alone
    i have that problem too
  5. skp574 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005

    ditto, me too.

    I had to copy 40 or so gigs from a Windows PC over to my iMac. I had perfect wifi signal and it would freeze rendering Finder frozen.

    The only way I got round this was to set up an FTP server on the Windows machine and connect that way rather than using SMB. It did not freeze when copying files. However, this is the weird bit, any file on the Windows computer with an accented character in the filename got transferred over to the Mac as a Unix application??? I had to manually rename the files on the Windows PC before transferring. Which took ages.

    But they are all copied over now.

    It seems Windows/Mac networking is not as straightforward as you are led to believe. Unless it has been ironed out in Tiger?????
  6. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    it looks like tiger fixed this. I just transfered 20gigs via airport extreme with no problems!

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