3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2009 7:51 AM by Lofty Becker
Lofty Becker Level 1 (5 points)
Since about January 10, I’ve had a continuing problem with the spinning beachball of death. The symptoms are always the same:

1. Beachball appears in some application, and spreads. That is, I can switch to another application which may work normally for a while, but eventually the other application will also hang. The triggering event seems to be when the other application is accessing the file system (save, read, etc.)

2. From the time the beachball first appears, Finder is always unresponsive. And Force Quit can’t be invoked: both command-option-esc and the Apple menu choice produce nothing.

3. Only way out is to force a powerdown by holding down the Power button on the machine, which powers off, then reboot. I have of course lost unsaved work, and there’s probably some directory damage each time.

4. Common thread SEEMS to be that it will happen only if I have a remote disk (one hosted at my office, which I connect to through afp) mounted. It’s possible that the disk not only has to be mounted, but also has to have a file open on it. It’s conceivable that Microsoft Word has to have the file open (that’s what usually I’m using for these files, but sometimes Pages).

5. I’ve rebuilt the directory, and used the Combo Updater instead of System Update to install all the updates. It’s happening less often recently. I’ve also run TechTool’s overnight RAM check, which reports no problem with my 6 gigs.

6. Most often starts overnight, though sometimes I’ve seen it happen as I work.

Any suggestions?


Mac Pro dual core, Mac OS X (10.5.6)