Should I get a spinning beachball when...

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  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    Should I get a spinning beachball when I open mail.app, skype, and google chrome at the same time? I am on an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13inch i5 with 8gb of ram. By the way, my fans are running like crazy and they never do when I have these applications open. wtf?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's certainly possible to get a beachball while opening several resource-intensive apps simultaneously.

    Use iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your battery, temps, fan speeds and much more.

    If your fans are spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC.

    If there is increased heat, follow every step of the following instructions precisely. Do not skip any steps.
    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).
      (If that column isn't visible, right-click on the column headings and check it, NOT "CPU Time")
    4. Click on the System Memory tab at the bottom.
    5. Take a screen shot of the entire Activity Monitor window, then scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot
    6. Post your screenshots.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Since you have an HDD and open three applications at once, then a spinning beachball is not uncommon.

    Open Activity Monitor and select All Processes and then sort by CPU to show you the process(es) slowing down your Mac or speeding up your fan(s) or causing more heat.


    Btw, you have created a lot of threads, many touching the same issues. Why?
     
  4. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've already looked at Activity Monitor and it's the same processes I've always had. It's just that this time my Mac is hot and the fans are running.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you want help, follow the steps I posted.
     
  6. macuser1232, Oct 5, 2012
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    macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My CPU is working really hard. My RAM is fine.
     

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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Please re-read the instructions. You skipped steps 3 and 4.
     
  8. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There is no % CPU button. And there's no point for the System Memory tab. My memory is fine.

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    How come my Google Chrome and Skype are using 40% of my CPU??? This has never happened before. My fans are running at full speed!
     
  9. PerformaGuy macrumors member

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    High CPU for browsers likely caused by flash player. Update flash player. Also how much hd space do you have left?
     
  10. atMac macrumors 6502

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    Right click on the column headers and tick %CPU.
     
  11. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the latest flash and I am only using 20% of my HD.
     
  12. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I here's the new picture.
     

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  13. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Probably Adobe Flash(as someone else already pointed out). Install FlashBlock and it should get better.

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    Having the latest Flash doesn't help. Running Flash at all results in higher temps.
     
  14. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok well I installed FlashBlock. I'll see how that goes.
     
  15. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I disabled flashblock and now im not getting the fans anymore... Google Chrome is so inconsistant! What's up with that?
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    This looks more related to the Flash content at a particular site you are visiting than anything wrong with Chrome. Flash heavy sites are going to bog down any machine and increase cpu usage and heat.

    Do you see this same problem if you go to a site like https://www.google.com/ that has no Flash at all?
     
  17. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well it's hard to tell. First off, I have a ton of tabs. Second, it's very inconsistant. I have had the same tabs for about a week and I just recently had to fans going at full speed and now I don't have any fans and I am using the same exact tabs.
     

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