What do I do when I get the beach ball icon on everything?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DELTAsnake, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2008
    Last night Firefox crashed and I got the beach ball icon. Soon every program had the beach ball icon when I moved the mouse over them. I tried to force quit them but the force quit window didn't even come up.

    I ended up just holding in the power button and turning it off. What should I do in this situation in the future. I'm guessing that just like with a PC you really shouldn't turn it off from the power button.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You could try to wait it out, or you can do what you did.

    I wouldn't worry about it unless it starts happening a lot.
  3. Fishtalk macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2008
    Crashing OFF dosen't do much harm.... ihope ????

    Boot it up then "Repair the Authorizations" using you're disc ultitys, then RE BOOT that should fix your beach ball problem
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    These kernel panics are generally because of hardware issues. However, booting from your Installer DVD and doing a disk repair is a good idea. Failing that, start with the usual suspect (RAM).

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