My MacBook won't stop freezing. Help?

VixenFloral

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Original poster
May 29, 2012
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Ever since this morning, my MacBook has been continuously freezing. It gets the multi-colored wheel and either takes a while to unfreeze just to freeze up again or it doesn't unfreeze at all and I need to shut it off.

It does this whether I'm trying to get on the Internet, or TextEdit, or anything at all.

I honestly have no idea what to do. I've tried a few things to clear some space but it didn't make any difference. Can someone please help me out?
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Ever since this morning, my MacBook has been continuously freezing. It gets the multi-colored wheel and either takes a while to unfreeze just to freeze up again or it doesn't unfreeze at all and I need to shut it off.

It does this whether I'm trying to get on the Internet, or TextEdit, or anything at all.

I honestly have no idea what to do. I've tried a few things to clear some space but it didn't make any difference. Can someone please help me out?
  1. Launch Activity Monitor
  2. Change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes"
  3. Click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top).
  4. Click on the System Memory tab at the bottom.
  5. Take a screen shot of the whole Activity Monitor window, then scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot
  6. Post your screenshots.
 

VixenFloral

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 29, 2012
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A couple of things to try. A Pram re set can often help

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379


If that fails to correct the issue, try emptying your Safari cache. Then if that also comes up with no improvement, try a permissions repair and disk verification from disk utility.


You might have a failing HDDs, or bad memory sticks.
I reset the Pram and so far, my Mac has been working. I'm still a little suspicious because it did this before and then started freezing again, but hopefully it doesn't happen again.

Thank you very much!
 

VixenFloral

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 29, 2012
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Fingers crossed!
Well, bad news; my Mac started freezing up again, although it doesn't happen as quickly as it did before. I haven't tried the permissions repair and disk verification yet so maybe that could work. Would you be able to tell me where I can find the disk utility? I can't seem to locate it (at least before my laptop starts freezing up again).
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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Would you be able to tell me where I can find the disk utility? I can't seem to locate it (at least before my laptop starts freezing up again).
It's in your /Applications/Utilities folder. Or just press Command-Shift and type "Disk Utility" in the Spotlight window in the upper right corner of your screen to locate the app.
 

Macman45

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Jul 29, 2011
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Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
It's starting to sound like a bad or dying HDDS, or bad memory. If the repair won't fix the issue, a clean install of lion ( backup everything first) would be your last port of call before taking it in to Apple.
 

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