OSX locking up when ever I want to do something

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BigJohno, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    So this problem started happening yesterday. Now every time I go to open a program I get the spinning ball of death for at least a minute or 2 and then it goes away. Then not to long after (maybe thirty seconds) it happens again. It also takes ages to boot up. I also have 10.5.5.

    Does anyone know whats going on?

    Reinstall osx?


  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd Archive and Install OS X. Don't forget to make a backup just in case.
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Either the file system is on its way to being fragged, or the drive is about to die rather soon.

    If it is a laptop, I'd bet on dying drive.

    Backup your data quick.
  4. dburney macrumors member


    May 24, 2006
    This started happening to me as well after the 10.5.5 update. My less than a year old MacPro (2 x 2.66 GHz, 9 GB RAM) consistently comes to a crawl every thirty seconds to 1 minute. Sometimes it sets there for a few seconds. Occasionally a minute or two will pass before things catch up. I'm also experiencing the occasional graphic artifact (pieces of windows popping up in the wrong places, strange distortions at weird angles across the screen). I've rebuilt permissions, ran disk utility, watched the Activity Monitor for anything strange, and I see nothing out of the ordinary. However, I can boot into Safe Mode and the symptoms go away. So obviously this is the work of something running in the background which doesn't load during Safe Mode. My question is, how do I track down the culprit? I've started by disabling all my start up items and turning off any non-essential Preference Panes. But that has had no effect. I don't know how to remove, uninstall or otherwise disable all those other background processes to troubleshoot which one is screwing things up. Any ideas?

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