5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2011 11:32 AM by Blazejos
electropop Level 1 (0 points)
hi, ummm the rainbow circle thing pops up alot on me, why does this happen???
  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,670 points)
    It typically means the Mac is busy processing. Seeing it frequently usually means you don't have enough RAM installed and both the OS and your applications have to spend a lot of time using the hard drive as virtual memory space.

    It would help others greatly in helping you if you would go into My Settings at the right and add what kind of Mac you have and how much RAM is installed.
  • electropop Level 1 (0 points)
    it doesnt mean i have a virus does it??? everyone told me that macs really ont get viruses!!! im scared!!!
  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,670 points)
    You don't have a virus. To date, there is not one verified virus that can affect OS X. A couple of Trojans, but that's all.

    As I noted, the Mac is just busy. Most likely due to not enough installed RAM when you see the spinning lollipop that often.
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
  • Blazejos Level 1 (0 points)

    I have same problem after upgrading to 10.6.6 - I have that rainbow circle very often now, which didn't happen before. My Mac is mid 2010 MBP13, 2,66GHz with 4GB RAM - even now shows 1,61GB RAM Free, so what is my Mac started to process so intensively nowdays?
    Also I've noticed poor spootlight performance: search started from screen right up corner shows result, while seach started with i.e. file attachment in Mail.app can't find same files. Any suggestions?