5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2011 3:58 PM by krys_w
krys_w Level 1 Level 1
Recently, my computer has been doing something strange. The screen will randomly decide to freeze - but I can still move the mouse cursor around and, if I'm playing a video or listening to music, it will still be playing through the speakers without a hiccup. Sometimes I won't even notice the freeze until I realize I can't click on anything. It's very seamless.

My computer is almost 5 years old and I upgraded to Snow Leopard a few months ago and haven't really had any problems - but just in the last few weeks the screen started freezing and has been getting more and more frequent. Not sure what's up.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), purchased laptop in the summer of 2006
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9

    How large is your HD AND _how much space do you have left?_

    Boot up from your install DVD and run *"Repair Disk"* from the Utility menu.

  • krys_w Level 1 Level 1
    I have 100 GB hard drive and I have 12.87 GB available. I'll try your suggestion. Thanks!
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9
    Time for you to do some serious housecleaning.

    Empty the trash!

    Open up your application folder & go through all your apps. Trash all the apps you no longer want and/or use.

    An easier way to do this is to open the Application folder in list view & press the Command+j keys.
    In the the dialog that appears, click the "This Window Only" button & the "Calculate All Sizes" check box.
    Wait a bit until your file & folder sizes have all been calculated, then click the "Size" column to sort your apps from the fattest to the most anorexic.

    Get rid of all your photo files you don't want and/or need. Same goes for those pics off the websites you downloaded (gifs, jpegs, etc.). Or transfer/move them all to a photo/movie storage site like ImageShack and Photobucket, 2 of the most popular FREE storage sites.

    Get rid of all your music files you no longer listen too. Especially, if you already have the actual CD/DVDs or you can later redownload from a website. Or transfer them all to a FREE music storage site.

    Use Spotlight to make sure you got rid of everything. You can even trash directly from Spotlight!

    Drag what you don't want and/or need to the trash. Better yet, download this neat little shareware app demo called AppZapper. It basically does all the work for you by not only trashing the apps but the apps preference files, caches & all its associated files.

    Another software that does the above is AppDelete. Best of all this software is free!

    Burn what you want and/or need onto CDs or DVDs.
    Not everyone has the luxury of purchasing an external HD and/or Mobile accounts to store their "stuff.”

    You can check with your ISP to see if they offer free storage space. Most if not all do now-a-days.
    There are thousands if not millions of free storage facilities on the web also. Use your favorite search engine to search them out as they come in different storage sizes to fit your needs & wants.

    Check for duplicate fonts.
    Applications>Font Book
    Select “All Fonts”
    If you see any “black dots” next to any fonts this mean you have duplicates and/or multiple versions of these fonts.

    To clean this up, select a “black dotted” font or the Apple + click to select multiple dotted fonts;
    What the above does is turns off the duplicates & multiple version fonts. Not delete them.
    More than likely the “extras” were installed by other programs and/or other users.

    Clear out font caches
    Use FontNuke. It does all the work for you. And, best of all it’s FREE.

    Printer Drivers
    Get rid of all the printer drivers you don’t need & use except the ones for your current printer(s)/scanner(s).
    HD>Library>Printers Folder
    If you accidently threw something out that you needed for your printer/scanner it can be easily obtained from the manufacturer’s website and/or from the CD that came w/the printer/scanner.

    Garage Band
    Has about 1GB of loops stored. Get rid of some some them. You surely don’t use, like and/or need them all.
    HD>Library>Audio/Apple Loops>Apple>Apple Loops For GarageBand
    Or just get rid of the Garage Band app altogether if you don’t use it.

    Get rid of extra languages
    Strip your computer down to your “native” tongue.
    You can do this with a FREE utility called Monolingual. Another app that apparently does all the work for you. I’ve never used it. However, a lot of users here swear by & recommend it highly.
    However, there is a warning for *native English speakers*. Make sure you keep BOTH English and English (United States).

    Other Resources:

    HD Space Checkers:
    Disk Inventory X (FREE)

    WhatSize (SHAREWARE)

    OmniDiskSweeper (FREE)

    GrandPerspective (FREE - donation)

    Slimming your hard drive

    *Rule of thumb: You should never let your hard drive get to where you have only 10-15% of space left.*

  • krys_w Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for the help! I've done everything you suggested (now I'm at 25 gigs free) so we'll see how that goes! Crossing fingers the freezing stops
  • krys_w Level 1 Level 1
    Two days and no freezing yet!! Thank you so much! I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch but I'm going to call this one answered Thanks again!