My new Powerbook is giving me too much spinning beach ball!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by KevRC4130, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. KevRC4130 macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2004
    Hey all,
    My 3 week old PB 1.33 (stock) has been giving me the spinning beachball curser all day, and seems to be lagging, a lot worse than ever. It just started happening today. I hope I didn't get any spyware or anything, this is a Mac after all! Does anyone know why this has happened, and how to fix it (like any clean out programs or something)?

  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
  3. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    I wouldn't worry at all about spyware, but if your machine is a new, stock 1.33 PB you only have 256MB of ram... not enough! 512MB is really the minimum to run OSX with any significant usability, and 768 or 1GB of ram us much better.

    I would go to:

    ...and order yourself a 512 stick to up your ram to 768. Once OSX has enough ram it runs beautifully!

    Some people whine about how some machines sold by apple don't come with enough ram, and it sucks they need to go out and get more to make the machine run smoothly. I personally agree but whatever, get some more ram and life will be fine!

    I agree with the above post too... a fresh OSX install with repaired permissions is a beautiful thing!


  4. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sometimes when the beach-ball is going too much... I like to drive it along horizontal lines on the screen.

    Helps it feel faster...
  5. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    I did the same thing with the original spinning black and wihite ball.
  6. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Before you go and reinstall OS X, I would run repair permissions first, to see if that fixes the problem (which is does 80% of the time).

    run the disk utility which can be found in Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility

    Select the primary hard disk and under the first aid tab click on the repair disk permissions problems. OS X is based on unix, which is very choosy about file permissions, and can effect how programs run. Sometimes installing programs and updates messes up file permissions. This utility will correct them.

    I would also agree with James L, you may need more RAM.
  7. Grokgod macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2002
    Deep within the heart of madness!
    Were you serious about NOT doing anything that the people were talking about on the OWC board? It sounded kinda interesting.

    I disabled my Disk sleep but am still trying to figure out how to diable journaling, i think that maybe on a Powerbook that it would better for added speed!
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Run Disk First Aid in the disk utility and fsck under single user boot.

    If there are problems either of these will find, fix them, since they sometimes cause the HD access to hang -- giving you spinning balls.
  9. Peyote macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002

    I too move the ball from the left to the right. Often across the top edge of a window. I don't know why....just one of those things.
  10. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    The person said don't listen to THE FIRST POST in that link.
  11. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Cape Breton Island

    I try to find something to put my spinning ball on something that looks creative like in the circle of a cd icon.

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