How Do I Get The Spinning Beach Ball To - GO

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by siam, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. siam macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007
    My 2008 2.8 - V 10.5.7 iMac has started to show the spinning beach ball on screen when I open most things , its only there for a few seconds
    things just seem to be slower opening than usual , once some thing has opened it runs normally , If I open finder, or an application the beach ball appears , Ive gone through the Verify Disk Permissions, Repair Disk Permissions Etc and all appears to be Ok . I have a 297.77GB Capacity internal HDD with 124 . 93GB Available . I have 4GB RAM installed , and the iMac is left running over night to perform any maintenance . Can any one please advise me what may be causing the beach ball to appear , and how can I get back to how my iMac was .
  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    The usual answer to this is to get more RAM, but, as you already have 4 RAM, that should be quite sufficient for your needs and I'm nor sure what else to advise you.

  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Or upgrade the hard drive to a 7200rpm or and SSD? I was having loads of beach balls even with 4gb of Ram. Popped in a SSD and have not seen one since. This led me to believe that it might be something to do with the macbook waiting for 'information' off the hard drive.

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