Spinning beachball of death

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Torontosoconfus, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Torontosoconfus macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    I was watching Netflix (of course) and the screen froze. Then the sound froze. I couldn't force quit to i powered off. When I restarted, everything opened fine, then after a few seconds the beachball came up. It won't let me click on anything, I can't do any keyboard commands. I tried closing lid and opening, didn't help. Since I can't restart due to not being able to click anything, I have powered off then on many times. Always it loads perfectly normal to the desktop home page, but then the beachball comes back. I can move the mouse around not can't click anything. Help?!
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
  3. Torontosoconfus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    The PRAM reset didn't work (I thought it had, but it only took a few seconds longer for the beachball to come back).

    I tried the hard drive utility check from a previous forum and it came back with no errors.

    Thanks so much for your suggestions so far! Any other suggestions?!
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    What OS version are you on? If Lion or newer, try holding command+r at boot to get to recovery and from there use Disk Utility to verify the disk. Does that show any errors?
  5. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    • Repair Permissions from Disk Utility and reboot.
    • Create a new user, reboot, login into the new user. Does the issue still happen in the new user account?

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