The infamous snow leopard beach ball - does a clean install solve it?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by whitedragon101, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Since installing snow leopard I have been falling out of love with the Mac just works experience I had in Leopard. I used my girlfriends laptop which still runs leopard today; the spaces animation was smooth not a juddery mess that hurts my eyes, and I could browse the web without a beach ball in sight. Sigh those were the days.....

    The main SL problem from my experience and going through the forum seems to be beach balling in both safari and firefox and just plain beach balling in general. The main solution suggested seems to be format your hard drive and install anything again. A massive pain to say the least. So here are my questions to hopefully answer the main questions so everyone can see the answers:

    1) Several people seem to have said they did clean installs an it didn't solve their problems. Will a clean install really stop the beach balling?

    2) Are there any other solutions to prevent the beach-balling? (mainly seems to happen in safari and firefox).

    a) Any idea if apple will release updates to solve the beach-balling problem and generally patch snow leopard to health? (the juddery 3fps spaces animation is particularly awful).
    b) How long will that take?
  2. badgolfer macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009

    I had the same problem which was driving me mad with Snow Leopard. I ran the performance update that came out last week and 'touch wood' the problem has not reappeared since. Maybe a coincidence - but I have not seen the beach ball since.
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I originally thought that too...until it popped up again a day after. Hopefully it works for you but I wouldn't hold your breath.
  4. chillwill macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    Well, I just replaced the HD on my MBP 13", SL. While the beachballs are gone with Safari (fingers crossed) I am just now getting them with folder listings.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Have you installed the "Performance Update" from Apple?
  6. frenetic macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2004
    I did not have any beach ball but noticed lots of disk activity, also while not doing anything. After having installed the disk performance thingie, I have no more unexplainable disk activity. It might also help to clear all of your system and user caches through Onyx or another app.
  7. macachia macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    This is exactly the problem I'm having. Sadly my imac late 07 model isn't compatible with the performance update apple released. Hope 10.6.2 fixes this, I don't have time to reinstall everything with a format!

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