Snow Leopard freezing when using Spotlight

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  1. stephan.works macrumors member

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    Hi Guys!
    I've been using happily Snow Leopard for a couple of weeks now but last night it just started freezing.
    Everytime I open Spotlight and look for something I see the spinning beachball... the mouse still works but NOTHING else does (Dock, menus, Finder)... everything just freezes.

    Waiting didn't help.

    So I tried to restart, rebuild the Spotlight index (twice), clean the cache, repair permission, check for corrupted pref files, verify disk, etc etc but to no avail... my Mac works fine until I open Spotlight... what's wrong?
    Should I reinstall?

    Thanks!!


    PS: the log doesn't really show anything strange
    PPS: I'm thinking of an hardware failure (--> hard disk) but I can't hear strange noises coming from it....
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    have you updated to 10.6.1 yet? try doing that if you already haven't.
     
  3. stephan.works thread starter macrumors member

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    I also noticed this strange files in my Trash... they just won't go away (and they're not show in Terminal.app)...
    They weren't there last night...

    [​IMG]

    Yes, I'm on 10.6.1.
    BTW I'm using a MacBook 13inch Late 2008 with 4GB of RAM.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    well, as much as its not fun, im afraid the easiest thing to do would be reinstall.
     
  5. stephan.works thread starter macrumors member

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    Before reinstalling... Do you guys know how to start the Diagnostic mode on my MacBook (Unibody)?
    I've read that it's enough to press D right after the startup sound.

    Unfortunately that just brings me to a grey screen and I have to restart.
    I've also tried to insert my MacBook Installation DVD but I still get the grey screen.

    Thanks for your help?
     
  6. stephan.works thread starter macrumors member

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    :):):):):):)

    Solved!

    I've found out that the problem was my Windows partition...
    I enabled NTFS read and WRITE and that was causing the problem (maybe Spotlight was writing to the NTFS drive and for some reason that was making my Mac freeze).

    So I restored my old mount_ntfs and everything was ok!

    Luckily I didn't have to reinstall :) :apple:
    Thanks for your help, see you!
     
  7. mlgnstw macrumors newbie

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    SL freezes when using spotlight

    Steven
    I am having the same problem with spotlight freezing in SL..could you explain how you solved it in a little more detail..where do i change the enable ntfs..?
     
  8. stephan.works, Sep 18, 2011
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