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Lion freezes when screen saver kicks in

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  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to DMB1976)

    Yeah I too have the very doggy screen saver issue.  I remove all none apple screen savers  that I had installed. Seemed to help some.  What is also odd is iPhoto albums show up that no longer exist in my iPhoto library. Repaired permissions, that did not help.

  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Sep 11, 2011 10:27 AM (in response to Lance Mcvickar)

    I fixed the problem, no more spinning beach ball with the screensaver pref. Marine aquarium was one of my extra screen savers and I made some changes to my iPhoto library and everything seems to be ok with the screen saver system pref. Go to the library folder on your system drive, find the screen saver folder, and remove any non apple screen savers. My screensaver folder now shows that it's completely empty.

    Also if you have any preference panes which show up in the bottom part of the system preference window under "other" like perian, divix, wmv, etc, you should make sure these are comparable with Lion, if not either update them or remove them. In Lion Apple has hidden the users library folder which in Snow Leoard use to be visible in the users folder. One way to get there now get there is in the finder, hold down the option key and go to the go menu and you will see "library" right above "computer" in the list, let up on library and now you can get in there and remove old preference panes in the preference panes folder etc. Remember that each user has his or hers own user library folder not to be confused with the main library folder on your Macintosh hd So if you have multiple users you may want to check them all. The problem seems to be gone and it may have been the old screen saver which again is in the main "library" folder on your system drive.

    The other thing that might have fixed the problem was rebuilding the iPhoto library. When you open the system prefs for the first time then screensaver pref it searches for your iPhoto info and some of my mobile me pictures had been removed but it may have been still looking for some photos online hence locking up the screen saver.

    It still takes a little longer to load things than it did in snowleard but only a few seconds then the next time you go there it loads faster because the info has been cached. My guess it was either both the old screensaver and the iPhoto missing online photos that created the major slow down, now it seems to be normal.

    Let me know if this helped any one with the issue, seems to have cleared it up for me.

  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Sep 11, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to Lance Mcvickar)

    I put marine aquarium which is snow leopard comparable back in my screen saver folder  and seems to be ok with lion as well. I think the issues really stems from iPhoto, if you have online photo albums that are no longer there clean up those things in iPhoto, I do get a very short spinning beach ball when I first launch screen saver in system prefs but only a sec or two but it's  loading photo albums etc and now it seems to work as it should no locking up or slowing down the system.

  • metatron23 Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2011 8:56 AM (in response to Lance Mcvickar)

    I have the same problem. Lion 10.7.2 and the problem is still here. Really weird. After screensaver is active and dispaly goes to sleep, when I try to wake up iMac (27", late 2009) I can only move mouse pointer. However I can still stream content from iMac to my PS3 (via medialink) which is really strange.

    Any solution for this?

  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 4:16 PM (in response to metatron23)

    Same thing happened to me after updating to 10.7.2, don't know a fix yet..... Everything was fine with 10.7.1 with screensaver and sleep.

  • warrenchan Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2011 7:02 PM (in response to DMB1976)

    I just did a test over the weekend and removed all my external USB and firewire drives from my iMac on Friday.

     

    Normally the problem occurs every day esp when the Mac goes to sleep or the screensaver kicks in.

     

    So far, everything's been working great.

     

    - sleep/screensaver issue gone.

    - machine freezing issue gone.

    - waking up issue gone.

    - no more grey screens.

     

    In fact, my mac hasn't worked this fast in a long time.

     

    Not sure if it's an issue with my external drives or the USB/Firewire on the Mac

     

    Will test that when I have more time.

  • metatron23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2011 3:04 AM (in response to DMB1976)

    So any updates on this?

    My Lion still freezes. I have to test with removing usb drives.

  • thx4help Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2011 7:46 AM (in response to DMB1976)

    I have a similar problem since downloading Lion and using 10.7.2. My applications lock up (but only after a long period of time) and the only thing that functions is my pointer using the trackpad. Except that the pointer creates thick pencil like grey lines that "writes" over whatever is frozen on to the screen. So far, only a restart works.

  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to DMB1976)

    I installed 10.7.2 on my Mac pro. And everything has been great. I did repair disc permissions before and after. I have had know screensaver issues etc.

  • MalcolmKay Calculating status...
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    Nov 17, 2011 1:56 PM (in response to warrenchan)

    Hi Warrenchan,

     

    I have been encountering the same issue when my screensaver kicks in. I am suspecting that it is the USB External Hard Disk that is causing the issue.

     

    Has removing your hard disk resolved the issue for you?

     

    Please let me know as I'm still figuring out why this is happening.

     

    Thanks

  • metatron23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2011 1:17 AM (in response to MalcolmKay)

    I have removed one of the USB disks (old WD MyBook). I have disabled screensaver as well.

    Since then I only had one crash.

  • Roighan Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2011 2:51 AM (in response to metatron23)

    Black screen after wake up on Macbook Pro 13" (mid 2009). Problem occur when using (or have used) charger. Lion 10.7.2 may be the reason of the problem for me becouse it happens several times a day after I updated. Now I did PRAM reset and disable screensaver and also sleep mode. Didn't made a clean install of Lion but an SL upgrade. Also use an non Apple SSD.

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    Nov 18, 2011 7:56 AM (in response to DMB1976)

    For me, I had disabled the screen saver, but the problem kept happening, for what I thought was sporadically.   I then updated "System Preferences--> Security and Privacy--> General --> Log out after ___ min of inactivity".  After unchecking this option, I no longer have the freezing issue.   Let me know if this helps anyone else.Screen Shot 2011-11-18 at 8.55.53 AM.png

  • mrc3 Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2011 8:08 AM (in response to toutla)

    I have nearly the opposite settings (to keep house guests off my machine).  But I don't auto logout.  When Lion was so new to me, I turned off lots of things.  No third party screen saver.  Very simple settings.  I have a ton of USB accessories, which don't seem to conflict.  And since my post, Apple's updated Lion.  Hopefully everyone will be OK.

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