Macbook Grinding To A Halt With Permanent SPOD, Please Help: I Can't Fathom Why!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TheBigT, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. TheBigT macrumors newbie

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    Dear all,

    This is my first post and I'm suffering the ignominy of writing this on a PC and with a French keyboard to boot!

    My beloved Macbook is keeling over and dying. Please help. I've searched the forums and tried tips already suggested for other users, but nothing's licked it yet.

    Stats:
    -White Macbook 1.1
    - Intel Core Duo 1.83 Ghz
    - L2 cache 2MB, Memory 2 GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM
    - Disk Usage: 35.83GB, 75.64GB free
    - Mac OS X 10.4.11

    _ System Memory: 1.47GB free; VM size: 7.48GB; page ins/outs 29967/0

    For the past year, the Macbook has been running without any problems and I really use it a lot - for blogging, downloading, the usual - nothing special. I don't run any big programs like Aperture, etc. I've backed everything up onto an external hardrive, but don't have the CD Discs (Repair/Install etc) with me.

    The other night I suddenly kept getting the Spinning Beachball of Death for EVERY single task: closing a window, using Spotlight, dragging and dropping a file, typing into Google search bar...

    I came here and followed suggestions to others to use MainMenu. Having downloaded this and run all the diagnostics like empting cache, temporary files, repairing permissions, etc. it seems to have slowed it more, especially in terms of booting up! The only one I have been unable to run is Repair Disk Permissions, which seems to spend an eternity "Determining correct file permissions" and that's all it does in MainMenu.

    In Disk Utility, it comes up with this error message: "Disk Utility has lost its connection with the Disk Management Tool ..."


    Running Activity Manager, I notice that Automator and Finder seem to be the problem, coming up as Not Responding. It mostly comes up 90-95% idle, but trying to look in Applications can take 5 minutes with nothing else running!!

    Other potentially relevant info:
    - I noticed that the screen seemed to change around the same time the problem began, going slighly lighter in colour
    - I noticed that every web browser appears different: I can see colours and lines in web sites that I couldn't before, if that makes sense!
    - I have 2 folders in the Trash that I just cannot delete, even when trying to Force Empty Trash via MainMenu. One is a wordpress folder which says its in use, but my blog is run off wordpress.com not wordpress.org (tho' I did download this publishing platform - hence the folder!) The other is Recovered Files.

    I look forward to any help, advice or suggestions you can give me. It's becoming impossible to use the machine. I am still able to download stuff - I just require the patience of a saint to get the browser up!


    Thanks in advance!

    Neil
     
  2. gkhaldi macrumors regular

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