Spinning Rainbow

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stockcerts, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Just curious as to what the spinning rainbow is caused by. It's been happening more frequently lately, and basically I'm locked up while the spinning rainbow is displayed. Any input or guidance how to get rid of this will be appreciated.
  2. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Probably a number of reasons could have caused this:
    - Bad ram or it needs to be reseated.
    - Too many processes.
    - Problem with the user profile.
    - An important file was deleted (I don't know about on OS X but usually with Windows something like that will happen if you delete something important in the registry).
    - OS needs to be reinstalled.
    - Virus.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Very likely.

    Also likely.

    Not sure about that, but there are things that could do that.

    Not usually. If it was important enough to be a problem, it wouldn't have let you delete it, and if you did, the computer probably wouldn't work. I suppose it's possible, but very unlikely.

    Only if the problems are one of the above (except the RAM, which is of course hardware). Last resort before taking it to a service center.

    Never. :D There are no viruses, and the few trojans out there wouldn't result in those symptoms.

  4. stockcerts thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I will try taking out the additional memory I purchased quite some time ago and just run my Mac with the memory that came with the system.

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