unplugging ethernet hangs macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by whyrichard, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    why is it, that when my macbook pro is connected through ethernet to my pc, and i unplug the ethernet cord before ejecting the connection, it takes forever for the spinning beach ball to stop?!

    its frustrating!

  2. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    If you have anything mounted: Flash Drive, External HD, another computer. You Must Eject it before uplugging your cables.
    Most devices are not Hot swappable: The Mac is communicating with it, not actually transfering files but just keeping the connection open.

    You can sometimes screw up the file structure of devices/drives by not ejecting them. Ive had to reformat my ipod & an External HD due to this. It only takes a few times before you Permanently remember to eject everything.

    There is an easy keystroke: Highlight the Mounted item and press
    Command-E to eject. (Apple-E)

    i remember that the older versions of OS X caused the beachball alot: If you have 10.4 it usually handles a connection disruption better and recovers much quicker.

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