Tibook spinning beachball


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Aug 21, 2004
I'm holding on to my ancient 400mhz Tibook because Apple basically replaced all of its components -- logic board, middle case, trackpad, everythiing but the screen, which is great, before warranty ran out last August.

I love the machine. I maxed to 1gig of ram and a 5400rpm 40gig travelstar hd.

I upgraded to Panther and the only thing that is bugging me at moment is that I am getting the spinning beachball way too much.

I don't game. I use Word and surf the internet. That's it! Is my machine just too slow? I'm only using about 9gigs of the hard drive space -- so why do I have this beach ball delay on websites and even when I use Word?

Very frustrating. Any clues or ideas appreciated. I could upgrade CPU to 550 through Daystar (chickened out at last minute as I don't like shipping my pristine machine across the country). Or should I get a faster 7200 rpm HD maybe?

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
Before you give up on it (a G4/400 isn't that slow), I'd try repairing permissions. Performance often deteriorates as permissions rot, and they always rot.

Also, run the activity monitor for a while, with the Dock icon set to CPU usage. This will give you some idea where the clock cycles are going.


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Jun 27, 2004
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