iMac and OS X "stalling"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Brother Michael, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    Note: I am not sure if this should be placed here or in the OS X section because I honestly do not know where the problem is.

    I have a 4 month old iMac Aluminum. The first month or two, everything was heavenly sweet. The last few weeks however have been pretty annoying, my iMac is constantly "freezing" "stalling" "pinwheeling" whatever you want to call it.

    some examples:
    1. listening to music in iTunes, when suddenly the playback stalls for 5-10 seconds for no reason at all.
    2. browsing the web and the browser just stops responding.
    3. copying files to my backup drive and the file copy stalls, then resumes, then stalls, then resumes.
    4. Tonight, i was trying to copy my home directory to my backup drive so that I could reinstall OS X, the folder is about 50gig going over a USB 2.0 wire. Finder quoted it at about 1-2 hours. But again, the system kept stalling. 4 hours later, the file transfer stopped because it couldn't move a file.

    As an added bonus, the last few weeks I have also been met with a "?" folder when I have rebooted my computer. I even decided to bite the bullet and reinstall OS X without my complete backup, problem was the OS X install disk could not find my hard drive! :eek:

    I have an extended applecare warrenty so I called applecare about this, they told me to make sure my target startup disk was correct :rolleyes:

    Disk Utility shows everything is "A-ok" with permissions, but I am at a total loss here.

    Could it be overheating?
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    Sounds like an HDD crash SO close to happening but just won't happen:rolleyes:
  3. Brother Michael thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    well now that's what I thought and I asked the tech support rep on the phone if that might be the case and he assured me that no it wasn't.

    if that is the case, can my local apple store fix that or do I have to send my beloved computer into apple (it was customized to have a bigger HDD)?
  4. Brother Michael thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    I am sorry to bring this back up again, but I have a new theory that I wanted some input on:

    Could my iMac be overheating?

    I have been turning my iMac off when not in use. By off, I mean completely shut down not just sleeping. I haven't had any issues with booting up and working with OS X since then.


    EDIT: I have been working a lot the last few days and I have not had an opportunity to call AppleCare during their hours of operation, but I plan too.

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