Spinning Beachball of Death Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by schwine1, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. schwine1 macrumors regular

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    I have the Mac G5 version 10.4.11.

    Lately, I have been having problems with the computer freezing whenever I click onto anything, such as a drop-down menu, a folder or an application.
    In all these cases, I experience the Spinning Beachball of Death where the computer hangs and nothing happens.

    Although repairing disk permissions on the Mac HD solves the problem immediately, its positive effects only last for 1-2 days and then the freezing problem returns.

    I am not downloading online files during these intervals and I am not sure why the freezing problem returns.

    Thanks for any tips or suggestions.
     
  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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  3. schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Everything hangs. Progams, folders, menus. You name it.

    The freezing is not specific to anything and happens in general
    with anything the mouse clicks onto.
     
  4. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    What are you downloading? Are you using LimeWire? How much memory do you have? Little bit more info on your hardware setup might be a little more helpful. ;)
     
  5. schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am not downloading anything from the Internet (except for Firefox updates, I currently have Firefox version 3.0.5) and I don't have Limewire.

    Here is my hardware setup:

    • Machine Name: Power Mac G5 Quad
    • Machine Model: PowerMac11,2
    • CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (1.1)
    • Number Of CPUs: 4
    • CPU Speed: 2.5 GHz
    • L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    • Memory: 1.5 GB
    • Hard drive capacity: 232.76 GB
    • Available hard drive capacity: 141.76
    • Used hard drive capacity: 91.02
    • Bus Speed: 1.25 GHz
    • Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1
     
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    That is a nice machine but there is one problem with it and you might be experience the first symptom. Take off the side panel and do you see any kind of liquid damage/corrosion? Take off the Processor cover too to really get in there. You might actually be experiencing the start of your liquid cooling system leaking. It's a possibility or the first thought that came to my mind is it could also be your hard drive.
     
  7. schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Archive and Install

    I opened up the G5 cover and looked for coolant leaks, I even tipped the tower on its end for a few moments to see if the coolant would leak at an angle.
    I didn't notice any coolant leakage during this inspection.

    I performed an Archive and Install just now, so I expect this action to resolve any freezing issues for the time being.

    Thanks for the interest and support.
     

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