More Frequent Beach Balls, 500Gb 7200, 2009 Unibody Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jcs77, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. jcs77 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    I have been getting more and more frequent beach balls with my 15in macbook pro 2009 unibody with 500Gb 7200 snow leopard.

    This is starting to remind me of the issues before the HD firmware update.

    It seems to be happening with data intensive situations (ie large pictures, large word files, video).

    I tried a repair permissions just to see if it would clean things up but no luck.

    Is anybody else experiencing this issue? A search of the forums did not produce any recent info...
  2. I'm 5 ft 8 macrumors regular

    I'm 5 ft 8

    Aug 23, 2008
    Edmonton,Alberta CANADA
    Yup.... more beach balls with my 20" iMac. They can appear anytime,even when I am trying to access my e-mail.
  3. Panzo macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2006
    Many of use are having problems with "beachballing" involving the hard drive.

    We all have a june 2009 unibody macbook pro.

    A quick question, what are the specs of your serial ata controller on your mac (if you know wether or not your on firmware 1.7 or not)
  4. bigcat macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2008
    I having this issue too. Beach balls for up to 30 seconds.. Currently following thread below where some ideas have been posted:

  5. CoolJoe57 macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2009
    SAME trouble here. Starting to really anger me now. iTunes would never ever ever freeze on my 1st gen mac mini! Now it freezes on my 2.8ghz macbook pro with 4gb of ram! Come on now.
  6. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Could this have something to do with switching between 32 and 64bit apps? I've noticed it happens most often when I run firefox (32) and safari (64) together.
  7. Panzo macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2006
    If you take a look at the apple discussion board link that was posted ( yes all 100 pages of it) you will see that many machines are affected by this, and apple has given it the cold shoulder for the time being, ignoring it.

    I suggest you go into the apple store and request it repaired.
  8. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    Little off topic:

    I see lots of people calling it a beach ball, but isn't it actually a pinwheel?
  9. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006

  10. Eshyn macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2009
    Mine was doing it about once a day until I installed 10.6.

    Hasn't happened since.

    *fingers crossed*

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