Mac OS X Snow Leopard Random 'Beachball Freeze' for 10 to 30 seconds

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Appelsap, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Appelsap macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008

    Since i use Snow Leopard i get randomly (around 1 to 10 ) freezes. When i get it i can click some applicaties but can't make changes in it. the beachball keeps spinning for some seconds and after the wait i can just continue working.

    I first thought it was Firefox, because it almost everytime happens when im browsing the web, but i get the same with Safari.

    It's getting verry annoying now :-(

    I already checked:
    - Repair disk
    - Repair disk permissions
    - Run Apple diagnostics

    Repairs my 1.5 year old mbp already had:
    - 2x keyboard
    - Topcase
    - Logicboard
    - Superdrive

    Anyone has some suggestions?
  2. 00christian00 macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2009
    Can you check your Activity Monitor how much swap you are using?
    I have the same problem and mine is swapping like hell:

    It seem pretty common,I saw lots of threads already about the spinning ball.
    I don't understand why I was the only one with the problem even with leopard.
  3. Appelsap thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Hm, i just had another Beachball moment, and the swap file was at zero! Think i have a different problem
  4. tongteh macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2008
    do you have techtoolpro? i am suspecting bad sectors? or defective harddisc.. :(
  5. 00christian00 macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2009
  6. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    that does not sound like a very good idea - such sensor is there to protect the hard drive! I guess if it solve the problem, then you could just put an SSD in there....
  7. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Lemme guess, the OP went the fast route and did the upgrade to Snow Leopard rather than a clean install and manually installing his applications? If he did in fact do the latter then it sounds like a failing hard drive.
  8. 00christian00 macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2009
    Well,if it worked like it should then I wouldn't be forced to disable it.
    Also it's pure gimmick,notebook hd are made to resist strong and prolonged shocks.I've a car pc and mine is a sport car with strong suspension so it's not exactly the best environment,still the hd function well for 2 year already.

    A big SSD cost like half the price of the macbook itself,not really an option I think,for most.
  9. Appelsap thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    I Did an clean install and reinstalled all my software manually :)

    @tongteh tried the TechTool full system check 0 errors were reported.

    i am thinking of reinstalling the OS again, or maybe call apple cause i still have AppleCare
  10. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    Wasn't Slow Leopard supposed to be an upgrade and not a clean install, hence the low cost?
  11. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I don't think you understand how the system works based on your post. Before you make passive jokes about SL, make sure you get the grasp on how the system works first.
  12. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    This is a common symptom I've seen in the past with a HDD beginning to fail. Try to listen to the HDD area of your computer in a quiet room. If you hear a repetitive sound, like a repetitive click but it doesn't have to be, then it sounds like your HDD is having a read problem with the heads. The spinning beach ball will occur when it is trying to read a sector(s) but can't, then keeps trying until it gets it. I had a failing HDD like this that still passed the SMART test (didn't use Tech Tool Pro though). As Tongteh said, is could also be bad sectors, but in that case the slow down should happen only when you perform a specific task, or tasks that are somehow related.

    If you have a network drive, it could be a result of the computer needing to access it for some reason, and the network is just slow.

    It could also be a RAM issue, but this type or problem is usually associated with many other symptoms, such as frequent system crashes, chimes on startup, or problems with startup in general.

    Question: Does it ONLY happen when browsing the web?
  13. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I'm having similar problems in Safari (haven't noticed it in other applications...yet). I don't know what to attribute it to, but it's really annoying. I've restarted, and I've logged out. What I haven't done, though, is clean out my history since I installed SL. Is there any chance that keeping so much back history could be causing it to lag at all?
  14. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Check Software Update. Apple just posted something that might help this problem.

    I just installed and restarted, so I'm waiting to see if the problems return...
  15. Appelsap thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Yeah, just saw it.. Only i have a MacBook Pro (early 2008) and mine isn't supported! Wtf:(

    Try'ed to run it, but doens't start.
  16. johnrs macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Nottingham - UK
    For what its worth I initially did a SL upgrade on my MBP and got the same problem.

    I too thought you had to have Leopard installed before you could upgrade but read that this was not the case so did a clean install and all was well again..

    Hope this helps
  17. Warcraft Tauren macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2009
    try disabling tech tool pro in the preference pane. i was having a similar problem with random beach balling and since I disabled it I haven't had a beach ball yet.
  18. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    LOL...Slow Leopard...I just saw that. Must have been a typo. Oh well, at least it wasn't dripping with bullsh*t sarcasm.
  19. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    i've been getting the same beachballing in safari that i never had before. this is off a reformat/clean install of 10.6. and no its not some "conflicting hack" as i've noticed it straight from the fresh install with nothing else. happens on battery/plug, performance/powersaver, 32/64-bit kernel.
  20. smirking macrumors 65816


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    If you've got Slow Leopard instead of Snow Leopard, you may find some hints as to what's going wrong by checking your program in the Utilities folder. View all messages and watch it for a few minutes and see what it's logging.

    I was being frustrated by the finder freezing up often and all browsers had a really hard time finding downloaded files. I tried some random tips I found online and most of them did nothing for me.

    I opened up Console and notice that Little Snitch and TechTool Pro Directory scanner was erroring out every few seconds. I upgraded both software packages to their current versions and the problems went away. It might not be Snow Leopard that's actually causing the freeze. It might be an app incompatibility causing problems.
  21. Nickffc macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2009
    had the same spinning wheel hell.....!!!

    reset my pram and all is fine now so far....!!

    restart your machine, as it restarts press; command/option/P/R at the same time until your hear the startup sound twice then release....

  22. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    I tried wiping the PVRam and it worked for a while but it wasn't long before the system was slow and not terribly stable again. Then I tried a utility that ran the system housekeeping stuff, cleared out caches, did all kinds of stuff I've found all over the web and they all helped....for a while. Now I've found a permanent solution by installing Windows 7 on the iMac and Macbook Pro. It works great on the Apple hardware and I can get my work done without the constant stream of pointless interruptions. So long, Snow Leopard, I hardly knew ya.
  23. Albone macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2003
    I had a similar problem and it turned out being a failing hard drive. Back your stuff up just in case.
  24. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Is there a free alternative for just checking a hard disk? $100 is pretty steep just to check.
  25. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    You can use the Apple Hardware Test that comes with the Applications Install DVD or Disk Utility to check the S.M.A.R.T status and verify the disk.

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