Why am I seeing so much of the beach ball

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by fjs08, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    I have an almost 5 yr old Mac Book Pro.
    Since I installed Lion, I'm seeing a lot of the beach ball.
    So much that I either leave my Mac and pick up my iPad or use my wife's Sony PC.
    Is my Mac to long in the tooth to run Lion or what.
    Never had this issue before.
    Ido love the iPad though <g >.
  2. kkathman, Aug 13, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

    kkathman macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Frank, me too...though my iMac is only a little over 2 years old. Lion, I don't think is too friendly with Core 2 Duo. Try rebooting and holding down the 3 and 2 keys to boot into 32-bit mode and see if that helps. You may, like me, have a problem with the MDS (spotlight) process being a runaway.

    There is a post here in the forums to completely disable it:


    I'm going on faith that it works the same in Lion. Actually I modded that procedure and just created a new directory called mds-stuff and copied the mds files there instead of removing them. Then I went to the activity monitor, clicked on MDS and did a "Force Quit". I gained back a ton of memory and the CPU response is much improved. Maybe worth a try. I never liked MDS especially since it has issues with Time Machine.
  3. MacRum2011 macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2011
    I too agree that Lion isn't Core 2 Duo friendly, i have a April 2008 iMac 2.66Ghz.
  4. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Have to disagree. It seems people are having fewer problems with Lion running on older hardware.

    My specs:

    Early 2008 MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.4GHz
    6 GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256 MB
    Driving a 24-inch Sammy display and a bunch of external drives, from 1TB to 2TB.

    Runs like a champ.
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Just for an additional data point, Lion's running well on an Early 2009 17" 2.66GHz 8GB RAM.

    After install, there were the normal set of processes running for a while, so a bit of performance hit then. But, mostly fine, now (some oddities here and there which I'm sure will be adressed in some update).
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Yeah, runs snappier on my MBP Core 2 Duo than SL. Dramatic slow-downs are probably indicative of an issue, if you will, which is small comfort if you can't rid yourself of the problem.

    Aside from Spotlight, anything else churning away?

  7. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I have no stability and beach ball issues on my Macbook Air 11 2010. However on my i7 MBP 15, it's a nightmare!
  8. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    "Lion isn't Core 2 Duo friendly".

    Listen to the CPU chipset experts here, eh?

    My iMac with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo runs perfectly, zero beach balls, 4GB of RAM.

    If you see the Beach Ball often, the issue is often RAM, not the CPU.
  9. eternalife macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
  10. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    Since installing Lion I find I see the Beach ball more often. I think it's mostly due to the Resume feature when you shutdown your computer. I have a 2010 MBP core 2 duo 4gb of RAM
  11. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Upgrade your RAM and/or install an SSD to get rid of the beach ball.
  12. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    seems like a drastic mesure an SSD won't avoid the beachball situation
  13. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Or wait for the first point release which ought to fix a lot of bugs.
  14. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    It's Summer time.
  15. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    I've done that But still get the beach ball all the time on: MBP 13" 2.7GHz i7, 8GB, 240Gb SSD

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