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Constant Freezing

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pyr00 Calculating status...
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Oct 21, 2009 10:42 PM
I have read many posts pertaining to the freezing issues with Snow Leopard. I thought i had fixed my issues, but as soon as i was grateful that my Mac was working again... It started freezing worse than ever.
The last issue was constant beachballs in certain programs, but I was always able to Force Quit the application and start over. I took a few steps at once which resolved the problem... i thought. I removed Menu Meters, and a few other applications.

Scenario:
Safari will freeze (beachball) and then some of my other applications will also freeze, i.e. iTunes, and Transmission or Activity monitor. Now when an application freezes though, finder freezes along with it, and i can't Force Quit anything. They will hang for 10 minutes or more. I have already restarted my computer 12 times today because I couldn't get the system to respond.

I have been watching the console vigilantly and I often see mentions of hanging with respect to Safari. I haven't noticed any one program or process that always appears after a programs beachballs. Activity monitor usually shows no large spike in CPU usage, although one time i saw Safari using 800MB of Real Memory.

It seems if i only have one tab open, and all i use is safari, then i can at least browse the web, but if i try to quit safari, or open some other application, chances are I will beachball myself to death!

I'm sure this is fairly jumbled and useless but I've been all over the place trying to figure out what I need to do. I am hoping somebody can at least guide me down a path to troubleshooting this problem.

Thanks,
Travis
MacBook 4,1, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • mepe Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2009 3:07 AM (in response to pyr00)
    I have the same problem. I made clean install. Before that I did not have this. For me some programs are still working for example Toast was burning disc in freezy period
    It is really terrible. Like a non MAC mac.

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    MacBook White, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • joel davies Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2009 12:32 PM (in response to pyr00)
    BLOODY SL! it WAS a nice breath of fresh air, but 2 weeks later boom. nothing works. no Microsoft office, no iphoto, particularly no safari!. i can open the programs and maybe click one button if im lucky before the beach ball starts it little devil spin. is a downgrade the solution?
  • diabolyk Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:04 PM (in response to pyr00)
    Same problem here with Snow Leopard. The maximum uptime is only for 2 days before it start to freeze and force shutdown the system, pretty embarrassing though. Nothing can beat my user experience with Tiger, 3 months uptime due to Software Update.

    I did everything, resets, repair permissions etc. I went through all the suggestions from the forum looking for user solutions. Some did fresh install and it failed too. I don't want to risk any downgrade suggestions like EFI downgrade, Fresh Installs, etc. I know it won't fix anything (They all reported it failed to fix the issue). So enough with user suggested fix, now, I need a reply from Apple.

    Thanks,
    Fau
    Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Gerry01 Calculating status...
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    Nov 27, 2009 11:34 AM (in response to pyr00)
    Same here! Constant system hangs, constant restarts. Tried resetting PRAM, disk utilities, the whole range. Nothing seems to work. Anybody?
    24" iMac 2.4GHz 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone; Timemachine 500GB
  • im3ngs Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 3, 2009 3:05 PM (in response to pyr00)
    Same here, just chiming in with my FREEZING frustrations.
    Intel iMac 3.06 GHz Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, TimeMachine, iPodTouch 1Gen + 23" Cinema Screen
  • jdTrader Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 26, 2010 8:12 PM (in response to pyr00)
    I seem to have complete system freeze once in awhile when the screensaver is on. I'll come to my computer and notice the screensaver is frozen and have to manually turn off and on the mac pro. It seems to get worse after a few days of use (worse meaning more likely to happen). It's horrible because I heavily rely on the computer always to be running jobs. if it freezes it ruins everything for me. Any suggestions?
    Mac Pro 3,1 with 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 10 GB DDR2, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT cards, 1 TB HD and 2 TB HD, 2 Optiarc DVD
  • jborichef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 3, 2010 5:38 PM (in response to pyr00)
    Same problem here. Microsoft Word takes forever to open, and then I start typing, and BOOM, it starts beachballing. This never happened to me before I upgraded to Snow Leopard, so I suspect some kind of software issues in it. I have 3GB of ram, and it is not acting as a Mac should.
    iMac Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Philscbx Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Feb 4, 2010 11:20 AM (in response to pyr00)
    Yesterday, Activity monitor showed Safari using 7GB of virtual memory,
    everything is frozen.

    CPU is going nuts, Flash Media for Safari is pegged. I hate Adobe period.
    A print job then hung for tickets to a show.

    I let it stand like this for 20 minutes, and then hit it off.
    A moment prior, it seemed like the cache dumped itself, and let me print.
    But soon as I touched the browser, bamm, right back to 7GB pin wheel.

    So somewhat paranoid to do it, pulled out the Leopard disc, shut it down, and held down what ever key it said to to repair permissions from start.
    I did the hardware test as well.

    I had just done this earlier from applications and it said all was Ok.
    But it lied. Just like the weatherman.

    When done from disc, it found all kinds of cr.. wrong.
    So best I can say is do it, and use Google Chrome instead.

    Safari is just a pile of issues.
    Apparently made for iPhone where flash is not used.

    So far using Chrome, running all day and night, the activity monitor is showing
    only 225Mb running 15 browsers tabs.
    Safari64 bit, one browser Apple.com, virtual memory at 33o+Mb.
    MacPro3,1/QC Xeon/2.8GHz/8 GB/4-1TB/10.6.2))(( PB/1.67/2GB/10.4.11/stop, iPhone OS 3.1.2, 32/Cinema 20"/23"/Bt M/Keys/iTunes9/ATV/ RXv3900,Klipsch Rt10d

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