Infinite beachball upon wake up

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Scalfani, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Scalfani macrumors member

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    Today when I woke my computer from sleep, I got a beachball that locked me out of everything. Could not click anything, not even to do a force quit or anything. I didn't know what to do and held down the powerbutton so the system could restart. What should I or could have done? Also is there anyway to tell what went wrong?


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  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I've seen this happen periodically at work; it was specifically related to a server's shared drive being mounted in the Finder. When you'd wake the computer from sleep, it would take the network a few seconds to kick in, during which time some app (Eudora was, I think, the biggest culprit) would try to access one of the networked volumes.

    But instead of just a pause until the network kicked in (which is what you'd expect), the app would essentially send the computer into a "stuck waiting for a drive" state that would basically beachball the entire system (though initially it was irregular). There was no way I'm aware of to recover from this other than a hard restart--even terminal Kill commands wouldn't kill the offending app(s).

    Now, this may or may not have ANYTHING to do with your situation, but if you, say, have a USB thumb drive or maybe an external hard drive connected that went to sleep when you put the computer to sleep, it might cause a symptom like that.

    If so, you have two options: Hard restart, like you did, or you can try yanking the external. When it's not a network volume, in my experience that seems to recover the system. Since you'll be doing a hard restart anyway, it's worth a shot.

    If you have nothing external mounted, maybe just bad luck?
     
  3. Scalfani thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey thanks, I did have my idisk mounted and connected. So hopefully if i just disconnect the connection before sleeping, that should solve the issue. I'll try that.
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I'd bet money that's what it was.

    Really it SHOULDN'T be a problem, but it is at this point. Hopefully that does explain it, though.
     

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