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Notifications Hangs

301 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2013 8:56 AM by Brian M. Holmes RSS
Gary Ryder Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 7, 2012 11:17 PM

Notifications has not been working well on my MacBook Pro.  Quite often (almost always, but not quite), my notifications pop up to inform me of things I set it to, and then when I click to see more details it will hang, and not do anything, and displays a spinning multiple-colored gumball whenever I try to click on it or the menu bar.


Once I see the gumball, that's it. It won't go away. And neither can I do anything at all with notifications.  But any other apps I have running seem to work fine.


I've left it alone for hours while doing other things, to see if it will straighten itself out, but it never has.  I have to kill it manually, then restart notificatio


This is getting very frustrating.  Anyone have some ideas of what may be causing this? (Note, I do have the latest OSX Mountain Lion Updates as of 10/7/2012).


Any help is muchly appreciated.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Andrew Bayly Calculating status...
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    Oct 8, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to Gary Ryder)

    I have this problem also. Mostly with Calendar events. They hang, and to dismiss them I have to reboot the computer.




    Non-Apple programs running: Moom, OmniFocus, 1Password

    Menu-bar items: OmniFocus, Alfred, Dropbox, Australian Weather

  • Occum\'s Razor Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to Andrew Bayly)

    I see it's been nearly a year since the last post on this topic.  Even with the update to 10.8.5 it still happens after my MacBook Pro Retina 16GB Ram (early 2013 build) is left on for a long period of time - like overnight.


    Rebooting is the only resolution I can find as well.


    • Apple support suggested turning off the firewall and de-encrypting, which I did.
    • My anecdotal and unscientific observation: Helped somewhat by lengthening the time to 'beachball'.


    I was also advised to completely wipe and reinstall OS - oh my...


    Does anyone have anything new to add before I take this draconian measure?


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  • Andrew Bayly Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to Occum\'s Razor)

    Yes, indeed, I have something to add. I can't remember where I found this, but it works. It does not fix the bug, but it fixes the short-term problem without the pain of a full reboot.


    Open "Activity Monitor". It's a system utility. You can find it using spotlight. Set the "Process Name" column to alphabetical order, and find "Notification Center". Oddly, it does not have an icon beside the name. Select it. In the top left corner of the Activity Monitor window, there is a red octagonal button marked "Quit Process". Hit that.


    Notification Center will quit, and the annoying notification will disappear, along with the beachball.


    It's not perfect, but it's better than the constant restarts.

  • Brian M. Holmes Calculating status...
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    Dec 12, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to Gary Ryder)

    I seem to have the same problem (thanks, Occum\'s Razor for linking these two threads). 



    1.)   One can temporarily resolve the issue by killing the Notification Center's process using the Terminal command "killall NotificationCenter" (no quotes, no space between Notification and Center) or by using  Andrew Bayly's Activity Monitor approach above.



    Message was edited by: Brian M. Holmes (formatting problems)

    iMac (24-inch Early 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), with homemade Fusion Drive.


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