Random Beachballs

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by jpeezy, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. jpeezy macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    This has happened on every release so far. They're completely random and last less than a second. Anyone else seeing this?
  2. rayhigh macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Occasionally. Sounds like a good name for a band though. 'We are Random Beachballs. Hello, Cleveland!'
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Not to scare you, but that sounds like a hard drive dying to me. Do you hear noise? Could be unrelated to 10.9.
  4. dumb macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2009
    I get that too, as you said, it's less than a second but just the sight of the beach ball irks me.

    I dual boot Mavericks and ML, and I don't see beach ball on ML. Good to know it's just not me.
  5. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    How long would they last performing in Detroit?
  6. dsdevries macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
  7. freedevil macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2007
    Same here.
  8. AppleDeviceUser macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2012
    It happens to me the odd time and I have a brand new MBPR with 512 SSD, I would hate for it to die!


    Mine is all blue in Safari and rainbow everywhere else. But it does happen sometimes in Safari.
  9. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I've never had random beach balls upon every release but I would say it's possible since Mavericks...well....hasn't been Released. ;)
  10. jpeezy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Every DP release of Mavericks. ;)
  11. slide023, Aug 3, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013

    slide023 macrumors member


    Beach Balls Here As Well

    I get them, but not on a consistent basis. Not only in Safari; they just seem to be random.

    I don't think my SSD is bad, my MacBook Air is five months old. I'm guessing it is related to 10.9

  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Not enough info. It could be any number of processes causing this none of which having anything to do with Mavrix.
  13. jpeezy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Thanks, I'm aware of that. This was just a generalized question, if anyone else was seeing the same thing.
  14. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Do you have anything else running at Log in? I'd start by eliminating all of those items. Unless they're part of OSX they aren't even certified for 10.9 yet.

    Or... is this just a clean and pristine install of 10.9 and nothing else? That's what I have and no beach balls.
  15. jpeezy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    It was a fresh install. While I agree this is probably related to an app I have installed. Again, I was just wondering if anyone else was seeing this issue.

    If I had to guess, it may be related to having Mail opened all the time.
  16. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    But as a developer, the "issue" is meaningless without determining the cause. Correct?

    Why guess? Close Mail and see what happens. Report via the Developer network. After all, you *are* a developer, right? :eek:
  17. jpeezy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    True but if no one else had this problem then I would have spent more time troubleshooting, however, others are so I haven't. I will say that it happens most when using Safari.

    I had Mail closed for testing all morning and just saw the first one so there goes that idea. ;)
  18. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Ever get to the bottom of this?

    I clean installed the GM on a separate partition and with very few things installed on it (3-4 app store apps) i was having these random, split second beach balls in every app (Safari, Finder, Airmail, Messages).

    Didn't affect performance but did make me wonder "this is the version that's going to the public in two weeks?"
  19. Zmijutin macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Zagreb, Croatia
    yup, random beach balls here to :) But everything works just fine.
  20. AAPLGeek macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
    I'm getting these too. Totally random and last for a split second.

    Running GM on an early 2011 MBP.
  21. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    Yeah I've noticed these a few times when using Chrome or playing a Steam game.

    Not really a big issue since they seem to do nothing.
  22. sjinsjca macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2008
    Unfortunately, the Random Beachballs seem to be the house band in Cupertino, some days...
  23. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    Yep getting them here, just got one about 30 seconds ago.

    Hoping it's not a sign of things to come :eek:
  24. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I get it but I think it's just the cursor changing. Nothing seems to be unresponsive it just becomes my cursor for a bit and then changes back. Looking at iStat while this occurs, CPU remains idle. I think it's a bug, at least in my case.
  25. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816


    Dec 15, 2012
    I constantly had these, and it was every time I used Opera 18's developer build.
    The GPU renderer would get stuck on not responding, and then I would get sporadic beach balls, everywhere form 1-5 seconds.

    I simply stopped using it, and as for Safari it could be the GPU acceleration in it.

    I can't say I've noticed it in any games just yet, but it screwed up a few FCPX exports when it happened.
    Check Activity monitor, and you'll see a 100% instant drop in CPU use during those beach balls/freezes.

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