The Beach Ball?

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  1. macintoshSL macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    Lately, in the past week, I've been getting the beach ball a lot. I don't know what it is but, for instance, right now i could click on a link and randomly i will get the beach ball. Then it takes a few seconds for everything to get back on track.

    Is there anything i could to do to stop this from happening?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Could you post your current readings from the Activity Monitor? That's usually pretty revealing.
     
  3. RobertD63 macrumors 6502

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    Try downloading "Main menu" and cleaning your caches. It should help, also run those maintenance scripts to.
     
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  5. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Have you tried to do any maintenance on your machine? Try this http://applejack.sourceforge.net/#top
     
  6. shwc macrumors regular

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    ... beach balling occurring while browsing...
    Sounds more like a network or DNS issue.
     
  7. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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    I turn off my computer every night.. so yes i have. What are the maintenance scripts, because i haven't run them before...

    Thanks for the quick replys

    Activity Monitor:
    [​IMG]
     
  8. California macrumors 68040

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    Get more memory four gigs and get a 7200rpm hard drive. Bigger the better, get a Hitachi or Seagate and sell your old memory.
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Err can you not see their's no page outs ?
     
  10. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    yeh thats what i was just going to say.

    e.g. here are my pageouts in 10.5.5… i def need more RAM!

    Screencapture 2.png
     
  11. iShater macrumors 604

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    Wait until your system starts acting up, THEN post the Activity Monitor picture, sorting by CPU usage.

    You don't really need to run those maintenance scripts. Clearing caches might clear up some space, but as the name implies, it is designed to help applications run faster not slower. If you suspect that there is a cache corruption causing these issues, then yes, run them scripts.
     
  12. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    As others have stated try downloading a maintenace app OnyX or such like,you can use it to clean caches etc

    EDIT, yes rich you could do with more RAM ;)
     
  13. sangosimo Guest

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    @op is your computers beachball behavior different when you are connected to wifi or wired lan?
     
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  15. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, wasn't home all day today...

    I think i'm good with my ram for now because i don't do anything memory intensive. Before I repair the disk permissions, what exactly does it do? Haven't done that before.
     
  16. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Yea id like to know what it actually does to.. I repair them often but dont actually know what its doing.
     
  17. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, today, I don't know what is was, but I had two kernel panics when dragging a file to a friends flash drive. This might've been because it was formatted for PC.
     
  18. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    i REALLY doubt that.. I have plenty of flash drives i regularly plug into macs and pc's.. One of them i know for sure is formatted to windows.
    Sorry to say, it was problem something else.
     
  19. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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    The thing is that, when i dragged the first file to his flash drive, i got a kernel panic.I restarted and tried again.... same thing. I had my ipod plugged in too if that helps.
     
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Restart your Mac and tell us how long it takes for the beach-balls to return, if not right away, then which applications you've been running when it does.

    You've got plenty of RAM for most normal purposes.
     
  21. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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  22. macintoshSL thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, so its mostly with microsoft word and firefox. Will fixing my permissions help this? how about the SMC reset.
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    How long does it take for the beach-balls to return after restarting the Mac?
     
  24. Vikinguy macrumors 6502

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    If 2 gig of ram isn't MORE THAN ENOUGH ram to run leopard then why on earth did we pay so much to buy a mac?
     
  25. weg macrumors 6502a

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    :D I really wonder what this is all about.. I've my Mac since 3.5 years, and I've never repaired the disk permissions.. however, whenever somebody has a problem with his Mac, there's always somebody who recommends do repair the disk permissions. Sounds to me like the "have you defragmented your disk recently?" question so common in the Windows world :p
     

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