help please!! spinning beach ball of death!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Zaxusername, May 24, 2010.

  1. Zaxusername macrumors newbie

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    I have a macbook 2.1ghz with OSX 10.5.8 running with 4gb of 667mhz DDR2

    Recently I have been getting spinning beach balls of death on a constant biases. They come when I try to open web pages such as google, youtube, espn.com... ANYTHING actually. They come when I try to open applications, they seem to come when I try to do almost anything. I cannot force quit when they come. I have tried waiting for them to go away, sometimes up to an hour and nothing happens. They have come when I try to open utilities to try to figure out what is wrong. They come in safe mode.

    I have run disk permissions like someone suggested to you, and that has done nothing.

    I made another account for the computer, and that still receives the same amount of beach balls.

    I tried updating software. Nothing.

    I tried freeing up hard drive space (over 60 gigs of the 120 hard drive)

    I reinstalled the OS, nothing.

    I switched the ram out with the ram that came with the computer, and I still get the beach balls.

    I ran Onyx, and it said the drives are fine.

    Yesterday out of sheer desperation I reformatted the whole thing. (former PC user) At first it looked ok, but then I began to update software and it locked up. Also, now when I open web pages I get a beach ball that SOMETIMES goes away after 5 minutes. Usually it just spins and spins mocking my existence.

    What else can I try? What else can I do? I live in a place that makes it VERY VERY difficult to take to a mac mechanic. (South Korea)

    I don't want to have to buy a POS PC netbook. Please advise.
     
  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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  3. Zaxusername thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Ok. Have you tried running the MacBook off an external hard drive ? Because it might be a Hard drive failure...
     
  5. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Open the activity monitor and check what is going on, what process is creating the issue.

    When you started seen this?
    What changed on that time frame?
     

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