Slowdowns/spinning circle every 5 minutes or so?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cameronfield, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. cameronfield macrumors member

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    After updating to Snow Leopard, I get the spinning circle thingy no matter WHAT apps I'm running every 5 mins or so.

    I've tried rebooting and everything - anyone else having this problem? If so is there a solution?
     
  2. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Count me in as another person getting this. Thought it was a potential issue with 5,400rpm drives too (having had a 7,200rpm and had teh click beep issue, with also 30 second pauses).

    Seems it's a silent version of this. What Mac are you using?
     
  3. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    Mid July 2009 13" MacBook Pro

    Happened right after I upgraded to Snow Leopard
     
  4. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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  5. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome, downloaded and ran it.

    So, I'm a total n00b when it comes to Macs...could you give me a quick run through of what exactly I should do in that program? Maybe even step by step :p? Thanks!
     
  6. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    Note this is a demo program, but its one of the only demos that actually allows you to RUN the scripts. Another program you may consider purchasing is CleanMyMac.... does most of the same stuff but the demo doesnt allow you to actually clean the system.

    So, onto the program we are talking about...

    Fire it up, then click on the Maintain tab. There are a few check boxes here you can look into, but I went with these selections...
    [​IMG]Click run...

    Then click the Optimize tab...
    [​IMG]Click run...

    Then the Trash tab...
    [​IMG]Click run...
    I then did a reboot.

    Most of these tasks can be done through Disk Utility, but I like these Utility apps that put it all into one place.
    Anyway, let us know how it works out. Ive seen a lot of posts lately about similar issues.
     
  7. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a ton dude, the spinning thing hasn't popped up since. Thanks again!!
     
  8. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    No problem at all! I hope other people see this thread, might solve some of the freeze up problems people are having with SL.
     
  9. Amarq09 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I've been experiencing the same problems since upgrading. I'm on late 08 mb 2.4ghz 2 gb ram. Will run this and report back.
     
  10. tongteh macrumors 6502

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    anymore positive comment? I am planning to give it a shot too, will report back.. :)
     
  11. djarpit macrumors regular

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    is optimize files suppose to take really long.. I do have a lot of data on the HD
     
  12. Morod macrumors 68000

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    I just downloaded and ran this app, then rebooted. It took a while to optimize the files, that was the only downside. I'll keep an eye out for the spinning beachballs, as I've had it quite a bit since upgrading to SL.
    Thanks for posting the link to the app, iMerlin!
    Morod
     
  13. Morod macrumors 68000

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    Well, it's been a day since I ran this app. Everything seems to work fine. No crashes, but I didn't have any before using this either. No spinning beachballs, which is really cool. Had lots of those with SL. I don't know if I'll purchase this, but to run once it was a good deal.
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Looks similar to the free Onyx app. Not sure if that's available for SL yet though.
     
  15. NSK123 macrumors regular

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    Onyx 2.1 Beta is available for Snow Leopard.
     
  16. mrhud macrumors newbie

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    Positive Result

    So far so good.

    Followed all of the steps outlined and haven't had a beach ball in over an hour.
     
  17. doranrhassett macrumors newbie

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    Nice Tip Dude

    This app made my machine work just like new Thanks!!!!!
     
  18. hscottm macrumors member

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    I'm still waiting for the "optimize files" to finish. fingers crossed.

    While I hope it works, the engineer in me wonders what the underlying cause is likely to be (that running all these scripts fixes)... Its odd because out of about 10 upgrades in our group, I am the only one having the random hangs...

    Any ideas out there?
     
  19. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Trying this right now too, hope this fixes it, but im not sure because im positive its the flash plugin
     
  20. hscottm macrumors member

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    did this, but still hasnt solved my problems unfortunately. I havent uninstalled flash yet.
     
  21. giaotze macrumors newbie

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    Just want to thank the people who solved this problem. I was so mad that I spent so much money on this machine that keep freezing up. Now it works beautifully.

    Thanks a lot to everyone helped on this.
     
  22. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    Onyx is still in Beta. I downloaded anyway and ran some scripts and found that my active boot mount had some issues. I rebooted with the SL install disk and ran Disk Utility and fixed the errors.

    I think both programs do about the same thing though. hscottm, did you run the original program I mentioned in this thread or did you go with Onyx? If you ran the original, try getting Onyx and run that, might find some things that SL Cache Cleaner didnt.
     
  23. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    The Performance update 1.0 just released through the software update system - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3901 might help those with the issue of pausing, freezing, beachballing.
     
  24. Greenman85 macrumors regular

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    If I have maintidget should i still get and use this? Thx
     
  25. VS007 macrumors member

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    Thanks iMerlin!!!!
    Since running this demo software, dont see much of beachballs even when I click TopHits sites.
     

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