The Watch and the Beach Ball

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Abernathy, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Abernathy macrumors newbie

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    When these hijack my cursor, what's the difference? Does the ticking watch represent a specific process within an application and the beach ball a more general one?

    Just curious.
     
  2. jellomizer macrumors 6502

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    Normally the ticking watch which is from the application saying hey I am working on it, in theory it may allow you to do otherthings while it is running or different screens. The beachball is from the OS saying hey this app is demmanding a lot from me and I will not let you touch this app until I am done.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i believe:

    watch: application level
    beachball: OS level
     
  4. Abernathy thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. CashGap macrumors 6502

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    The watch always look slightly, how can I say, "Pre-Aqua" to me. What's up with that?!?!?
     
  6. HLdan macrumors 603

    HLdan

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    Both cursors represent the obvious, they are processing the application. The beachball represents an application that is OS X native and the stopwatch represents apps that are carbon apps which were upgraded from the old classic Mac OS. Native OS X apps never show the stopwatch.
     

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