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Jack Talon Calculating status...
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Oct 5, 2010 4:10 AM
About an hour ago I opened a video on Youtube in Firefox. About halfway through the video everything on my Mac froze. The video stopped playing, the dock animations froze, I couldn't click anything, etc. I could still move the cursor around, but it was in it's wonderful spinning beach ball form.

After about 10 seconds of this everything started working again, but about 10 seconds later everything froze again. This happened about 10 times before I decided to restart the computer. After the restart, everything was slow to load up, and once everything was loaded, it went right back to freezing every few seconds again. Any idea what the problem is or how to fix it?
iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 5:21 AM (in response to Jack Talon)
    1. Are you using the latest version of Adobe Flash Player?
    2. Could be the web site. Have you tried other web sites?
    3. Have you tried using Safari?
    4. What have you tried?
     MacBook Pro 2.8 Ghz 15" / 4 Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 12:26 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    You haven't answered any of the questions I asked. I am not asking about your system. I am asking if you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. What version are you using? Your belief that it isn't the web site or the browser brought an erroneous conclusion. In trouble shooting you try lots of things in order to eliminate variables.
     MacBook Pro 2.8 Ghz 15" / 4 Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS
  • greyrobot Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2010 6:26 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    I'm having a very similar problem too. At first, I thought it was Firefox since that's mainly what I use. But, I realized it happens in different programs too. Right now it's only happening in Firefox specially while a flash video is on. Symptoms are: intermittent cursor freezing while I'm typing and then all the text shoots out when it unfreezes; same with scrolling a web page, opening menus won't work during a frozen moment. Even now when the flash video ended, I'm still getting the freezing text cursor while I type.

    I'm on Firefox v3.6.1
    Flash v10.1r82
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • John Kilcar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:03 AM (in response to Jack Talon)
    I'm having similar problems with my iMac over the last few days.

    Either the beachball spins away, or everything freezes and I have to use to power button to switch the machine off and restart.

    I'm running Safari, and believe all is up to date.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • caspar_v Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2010 2:49 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    yep, me too. exact same issue. it has started to get particularly bad in the last few days. whether in ichat, browsers, pages, mail.app ... you name it. constant intermittent little beach ball freezes. **** it's happening right now occasionally i as write this post.

    i figure it's got something to do with the latest system update. i was about to wipe my hard drive clean and start over until i read this thread.

    would love to see anyone shed any light on this. it's making using my computer a total chore right now and i have lots to get done.
    mac pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iphone4
  • greyrobot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2010 3:29 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    So far I haven't found a real solution to this issue, just took someones advice to disable all addons in firefox. I narrowed it down to Flash. When i disable the flash plugin, everything works the way it should. So who'se fault is it? Adobe, Mozilla, Apple?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • caspar_v Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2010 7:32 PM (in response to greyrobot)
    hmmm, problem persists for me even with flash disabled. really **** annoying. i hope a system update comes out soon that deals with this. total party when trying to do design work.
    mac pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iphone4
  • ishawn24 Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2010 8:55 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    Hi

    I have the same problem can someone help?!!!
    Macbook pro 13
  • ishawn24 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2010 4:02 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    Hi mr Talon;

    Is your problem solved? If yes, can you tell me how?!! Because I have the same problem.

    Thanks

    Shawn
    Macbook pro 13
  • joelharrison Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:13 PM (in response to Jack Talon)
    has nothing to do with flash.
    my iMac is doing it too
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
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