Snow Leopard freezes, crashes, system hangs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Nick589, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Nick589 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    A few months ago I had a problem with my Macbook Pro, (late 2009 model, 15" 2.53 ghz) that many users with Snow Leopard have, the random 30 second freezes. I simply reset the PRAM and SMC and I never encountered it again.

    Now, out of the blue, on Sunday (yesterday), I started experiencing these hangs again, but worse. The night before I had been browsing the web and my battery went to reserve and shut down, so I plugged it in and when I awoke and turned it on I started experiencing problems. I figured I would try the same fix, and it almost seemed to make the problem worse. Now if I shut down the computer via "apple -> shut down", then turn it back on and log in etc., from the first few seconds the machine hangs. If I open a folder I get the immediate beach-ball and the machine is un-responsive for anywhere from 1 minute - 5+ minutes.

    I have read a lot of fixes for this problem, but most of the people's problems resulted from using Safari or Spotlight. I strictly use Firefox and very rarely even open Safari, and I think I've used Spotlight maybe 3 times total, none in the past few months.

    So far the things I've tried are:
    - Reset PRAM
    - Reset SMC
    - Run Disc Utility and verify, repair etc. (from SL install disc)

    So I'm wondering right now what can I do? Its finals week right now and im in college so wiping my HD is not an option. I feel like there is just something hanging the computer but I can't find the culprit.
  2. Nick589 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009

    Ok so I ran the hardware test from the install discs and found no problems, ran both the 3 minute and 1 hour+ one.

    It seems that the culprit is finder and that it will randomly stop responding for segments of time, especially after restarting the computer and trying to do any sort of tasks.

    So I've pretty much tried eveyrthing: SRAM reset, SMC reset, deleting old library files, delete finder.plist. Running disk utility on computer, running disk utility on install disc, and starting the computer in safe mode.

    I've run out of ideas, I'm thinking I'll just backup my things and re-install Snow Leopard, and if that doesn't solve the problem I guess taking it to a genius bar or is my only option. It's still under warranty so I could always just get a new one I guess.

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