Random and frequent MBP 10.6.2 freezes (or: spinning wheels of hell)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fafnir83, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. fafnir83 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    Hello folks,

    For a few days now, my 13" MBP (purchased in August; painfully clean-install upgraded to Snow Leopard in October) has been freezing into spinning wheel mode randomly every few minutes. It would seem that this happens particularly often in web browsers (but also when no browsers are operating and I'm typing away in Text Edit or chatting in Adium and Skype). When the browsers are on, the FlashPlayer would occasionally crash. No matter what app froze first, whatever else I click on also freezes.

    The freezes happen most frequently after the computer has been to sleep and woken up by opening the lid. The wheels go spinning for up to two minutes, and then everything goes back to normal (for up to 3 mins before freezing again). The longer the comp operates after that, the rarer they become, and after a few hours they rarely happen at all (then again, some times they do anyway). On some occasions, everything freezes so badly I need to hard-reset, and then it takes the comp upwards of 15 minutes to reboot - and then everything keeps freezing, of course.

    Contrary to other reports of similar problems here, no CPU jumps appear to be happening during the freeze.

    I tried:

    - Running Disk Utility after booting from Snow Leopard . Some permissions (which in forums here were referred to as inconsequential / not related to freezes) were repaired; HD in general "seems to be ok."

    - Running RAM tests (with Rember, supposedly updated to Snow Leopard). Everything seemed fine

    - Getting rid of the ARD agent (which was related to some of the permissions mentioned earlier)

    - Stopping Bluetooth (as someone here with a similar problem thought it helped)

    - Installing the Beta Adobe Flash Reader (same as above)

    Nothing helped. I really don't want to take it to the lab; I live in Israel and the comp was purchased in the States, which means that the only licensed lab here reserves the right to keep the comp for up to 26 working days :eek: Any advice?
  2. zeblaze macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    My iMac 3.02 4GB early 2008 has also been freezing into spinning wheel mode randomly, not every few minutes but a few times a month.

    Like you I have tried everything and thought that upgrading to Snow Leopard would fix it. But no, it sometimes occured again.

    Finally I discovered it only happens when iTunes is open. So I don't let this software activated when I have to work on something critical... And my Mac does not freeze again.
  3. busch6366 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    Freeze problem fixed after making a setting change to iTunes

    I was having this problem as well for the last few months. I finally found the problem after trying to uninstall or turn off every single plugin and program that was running!

    It turned out to be a setting in iTunes 9. After updating to snow leopard it had turned off a setting, which I then found off and turned it back on and then problem started and only got worse. I turned off the setting to allow multiple downloads. After that it has now been 5 days since a freeze. I have not had time to report this to Apple yet, but helped a few others with this same problem.
  4. fafnir83 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    Hey there,

    Thanks both of you for your help. It appears to be completely unrelated to iTunes: Freezes happen after wakeup whether IT is on or off, and don't happen hours after wake-up whether IT is on or off.

    Which setting was it? Don't leave me hanging :]

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