Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to BILMAN)
EDIT: I forgot to say that on the faulty Admin account, I am constantly getting the Rainbow Wheel.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Early 2011
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 6:44 AM (in response to BILMAN)
Give this site a read. Thomas is a guru.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to BILMAN)
It it's only happening on one specific account, that means something about that account is causing the problem. Sounds obvious, right? But the implications and how to fix it aren't necessarily obvious.
It's not likely to be third-party kernel extensions causing the problem, since those will run for all user accounts. If it's a third-party software issue, it's going to be something that is running on just that account. First place to check is your login itmes (System Preferences -> Accounts). Remove items you don't need from that list, and if that doesn't help, remove ALL items from that list.
If that still doesn't help, there's one other thing to check. There are things called LaunchAgents that can be used to keep specific tasks running (possibly re-opening them if they crash or are made to quit by the user), run them at specific times, etc. In the Finder's Go menu, hold down the option key and choose Library. In that folder, find the LaunchAgents folder. What's in there? You can move all the items there temporarily to a folder on the desktop (or anywhere else), then log out and log back in. Does that fix the problem?
Of course, it sounds like the account you're using may be so badly messed up that you can't perform these checks. And the problem may not be third-party software anyway, it could be something that has gotten badly corrupted in your user account, and that can be difficult or impossible to pin down. If you have another admin account that you can use, it may be easiest to simply start using that account, and delete the one that's not working. For some help moving files from one account to the other, see:
Also, regardless of what the problem is and how you solve it, since one possibility is some kind of corruption, it wouldn't be a bad idea at all to repair your hard drive with Disk Utility.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 1:07 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Thank you Thomas!
I moved everything in the LaunchAgents folder to the desktop, and it works fine. I'm on my normal Admin User on my MacBook and it's functioning normally again!
What should I do with the contents there were in the LaunchAgents folder, which are now on my desktop? Shoul I delete them, or put them back? (I'm guessing putting them back would cause me problems again)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 1:07 AM (in response to sig)
Thank you sig for recommending Thomas for help
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to BILMAN)
What's in that folder? Can you copy the list and paste it here, so we can see all the file names? Do you recognize any of them as belonging to programs that you rely on?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2013 5:42 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Sorry for the late reply, I've been playing in the snow
I recognize most of them, some i have seen since i was new to my macbook pro; and here is the list:
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2013 5:50 AM (in response to BILMAN)
I don't have any of those in my LaunchAgents folder except for the Valve item. Interesting that most of them are Apple items. (Akamai is a company that Apple uses for a lot of high-speed, high-capacity server space. I'm not sure why those Akamai LaunchAgents are there, though.)
Unless you see any problems as a result of removing these items, you can probably just delete them. (Though you may want to hold onto them for a while just in case.) You could also put them back one at a time if you like, and when the problem comes back you'll know which one was at fault.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Ok, I'll just keep them on my desktop for a while, and them put them back one at a time.
I was also wondering why a lot of them were Apple items too.
I never really knew what Akamai was but I have always seen it in my Applications folder.