Macbook Help Needed- BeachBall!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by IconicIdentity, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. IconicIdentity macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Ok, Even though just registered today I've been following mac rumors for over 3 years....and now I have my first problem.

    I have a Macbook Rev A Core duo/ 2 gb ram/ 80gb HDD

    Leopard 10.5.3 installed

    Anyway, it has become increasingly slow lately, but mostly the problem lies when I try to change my desktop background.
    I click on the system pref pane and the screensavers tab is highlighted by default. I click on the Desktop Backgrounds tab and I get the spinning beach ball every single time. I've obviously restarted my computer and done the normal protocols....I dont know what to do from here
  2. DaBrain macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2007
    ERIE, PA
    You should not Bump to get attention. Tell more about your issue and system. Like how much memory do you have, how many apps open at once, how much HD space is left?

    The more specific you are the better chance someone may be able to help ya out! ;)
  3. IconicIdentity thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Thanks, but it shouldn't matter how much HD space I have. I get the spinning beach ball every single time I try and change my desktop background
  4. zox macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2008
    just an idea:

    do you have any ultra-high-res images in your /pictures/ folder?

    I once had a similar problem with trillian on windows with some 80mb animated gif I got from NASA. I tried to set it as my aim avatar just to watch trillian trying to cope with it, and whenever I would open the "change avatar" dialog aferwards it would freeze because of the huge image it was trying to load.

    maybe you have a similar problem when the wallpaper-dialog is scanning your /pictures/ (allthough I would assume mac os would handle the situation much better than win did in my example ;P)

    or maybe its searching for some network places that aren't available anymore...
  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Yep. Beachballing problems with the wallpaper. I have about a gig of pictures in there and when I removed 'em all, ran like butter.

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