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Steve Thompson Calculating status...
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Nov 10, 2012 2:22 AM

Hello all

 

I'm getting the spinning wheel in all applications, even when writing this.

 

My console is reading like this

 

10/11/2012 08:57:56          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3058]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 08:58:30          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3061]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 08:59:03          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3066]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 08:59:40          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3068]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:00:13          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3070]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:00:46          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3073]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:01:21          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3075]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:01:57          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3079]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:02:31          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3085]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:03:04          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3089]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:03:37          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3091]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:04:10          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3093]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

10/11/2012 09:04:43          com.apple.launchd[1]          (0x10ab00.mdworker[3095]) Exited abnormally: Bus error

 

 

Can someone tell me how to stop this little devil please?

 

 

regards

Steve

iMac (ALS) G5 (2GB ram), Mac OS X (10.5.8), BondiG3 (10.3.9) 1 extreme/5 expresses/3 ipods/tv
  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    Hi Steve,

    You have a problem with Spotlight indexing. If you can open System Preferences > Spotlight > click Privacy tab and drag your Hard Drive (HD) icon into the window. This should stop that activity by excluding your HD.

     

    Afterwards, log out / in again and then repeat the sequence but select the HD and click the minus sign - to remove it from the window, thus restoring Spotlight indexing. This may take some time to reindex, but after it has finished, hopefully that error you experienced before will no longer be there.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    Oh, well let's get serious and disable it.

    Open Terminal and copy and paste the following line, enter your Admin password which will not be shown as asteriks, just enter it carefully and press return.

    sudo mdutil -a -i off

     

    To reverse the procedure the same command is used except change off back to on.

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 10.5.8 iBook 10.3.9
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    Steve, might try that terminal coomand while in Safe Mode...

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 3:24 PM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    Hmmm, just wondering, do you maybe still have MobileMe or ,mac login info in System Preferences>MobileMe or .mac?

     

    If so erase the entries.

     

    Or what might be trying to Sync?

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 1:47 AM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    Another thought, it could be insufficient RAM that is causing a general slowdown in all applications. Activity Monitor will show RAM, and as well as all current running processes which might be worth a look as well.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 4:00 AM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    22/12/2012 10:27:58 kernel disk0s3: I/O error.

    It seems one of your partitions on your startup drive is faulty in some way.

     

    You can pinpoint this partition by opening Terminal and pasting this command.

    diskutil list

     

    (You could post the results here just for the record.)

     

    You could check the drive's S.M.A.R.T. status in Disk Utility and even if it says it is verified, I'd run a Repair Disk opertaion on the drive. Have you done this before?

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 10.5.8 iBook 10.3.9
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    roam seems to be onto your problem.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 5:23 PM (in response to Steve Thompson)

    I've only ever done repair permissions.... have tried to avoid repair disk.

     

    Repair your startup drive Steve.

     

    The startup drive can only be repaired from another drive. Unless you have a working clone (not Time machine) you have to boot from the 10.5 install disk.

     

    To do this: Insert the Install Disk 1 into the drive and then select Restart; when you hear the chime hold down C key until the apple logo appears.

    This will take you to the installation software, but you do not want to install.

    Select your language, then go up to the top menu bar  where it says Utilities and navigate to the Disk Utility application.

    Select your internal hard drive on the left, then go to the First Aid pane where you can click on Repair Disk.

    If it finds errors, repeat the process until it reports no errors, otherwise note down the error.

    After these repairs, quit the Installer, and restart normally.

     

    Once restarted normally run Repair Permissions from the Disk Utility application found on your hard drive in Application/Utilities. Whatever errors are reported in this instance of running Repair Permissions can be ignored. Ie. Repair Disk errors are to be noted. Repair Permissions errors are to be ignored.

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