Spinning Wheel Madness

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  1. vpasq, Apr 2, 2016
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    vpasq macrumors newbie

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    help! Ever since updating to El Capitan, when I first launch, if I right mouse click on a folder I get a spinning wheel (ugh) for up to 30-45 secs. Some times I get it when I launch an app, but no particular one. The frustrating part is this doesn't happen every single time, but 90% of the time. Also, it can appear periodically after running for a while, but usually it is related to the right mouse click.

    I read some of the postings and suggestions about putting DVD in but that didn't fix it. This never ever happened before El Capitan and I am at a loss of what else to check. I did look through activity monitor to see what was running and didn't see anything I thought could be the cause. Also, there are no login at launch apps set up so its not that either. I also noticed after the update before last to El Capitan a severe lag in file transfer to my NAS device. Before I would copy a large file in minutes, where now it can take up to an hour. I have plenty of bandwith, speed and again this only surfaced with El Capitan after the second update.

    Any suggestions??? Oh yeah and of note, prior to El Capitan, I never experienced any spinning wheels at all!

    I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2012) 13" 2.9ghz I7 16gb RAM with 240gb SSD and 75/75 FIOS internet.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Try holding the shift key at startup to boot to safe mode. That will stop all startup and launch items and tell you if one of those may be causing a conflict. There are other places besides the login items where launch items can be. They can also be in any of the following folders. That ~ is your users folder.

    ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons
    /Library/StartupItems
     
  3. vpasq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Appreciate the suggestions. Checked them all out, nothing to remove and also booted in safe mode, nothing showed, and ironically after boot as soon as I right clicked on the boot drive to open it from the desktop, the beachball appeared and spun for 30 secs.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Are you seeing any other symptoms... like apps taking longer than usual to launch? That and the beachballs can be a sign of either a drive failing or a bad drive cable. Safe mode stops all other apps and utilities from running, so if this still occurs in safe mode you can pretty much rule out any software issue.
     
  5. MacRobert10 macrumors 6502

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    If you have a backup drive connected and it's entering sleep mode, the OS may be waiting on it to wake up. I have a big WD MyBook with a green drive that does that. It also slows down the boot process because the drive, by nature, spins down when not in use and then needs to spin back up during access.

    ...on the other hand El Capitan is abysmally slow, too.
     
  6. eicca macrumors regular

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    I get this too. A right-click sporadically beach balls. I've regularly cleaned my startup items and don't have any remote drives. Runs super fast on my 2011 MBP otherwise.
     
  7. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    You need to insure the file system and not just the directory is clean and okay. And drive sectors.

    Clone your system and insure checksum for files are okay. Can those ".DS" files cause trouble and need to be deleted?
     
  8. vpasq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried everything suggested and appreciate all the responses, but continue to experience the same problem(s). It is hit and miss though and definitely not all the time, but absolutely caused when right clicking. I will hope that maybe a future release will fix it I guess. Many thanks to those who tried to help me.
     
  9. slapppy macrumors 65816

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    This is normal for El Capitan. I have 16GB on a new 21 inc i5 2.7ghz iMac I bought 2015. Every restart or boot from off will beach ball everything for 2 min. You have to wait for the OS to finally settle down around 5 to 10 min and things will start going faster. Apps will launch between 5 to 10 seconds after that. It's just the OS, full of bugs and fixes that needs to be taken cared of by Apple. When? Who knows. They seem to worry about other stuff than their core legacy.
     

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