4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 7:09 AM by arthur
Green Knight Level 1 (10 points)

My mid 2007 imac has been on the frits since upgrading  to mountain lion. I'm not sure if that's the ticket, but it seems to fit the timeline. At first iTunes was the only thing effected,over the past few months other programs that I depend on such as pages and numbers have been giving me the beach ball of impotence... I'm sitting on my windows pc. hoping that windows isn't going to shut down unannounced for another update, looking at my iMac with it's spinning ball of boom with every program I try to open freezing. even the dock it frozen with Safari magnified as it was the last thing I tried to open before it crashed.


Any ideas?

  • arthur Level 5 (5,045 points)

    Here's a few ideas:

    1. Is your hard disc too full?

    2. Have you tried repairing your hard disc or permissions?

    3. it's the fritz.

    4. it's definitely not the ball of boom.

    5. how much RAM do you have?

    6. I'm not positive, but I think you want affected.

    7. Sorry about the impotence.

  • Green Knight Level 1 (10 points)

    1. 21 GB free space on the HD


    2. No... is that something found in utilities? I'll look it up.


    3. Potato ... Yo... you solved it!


    4. Whatever that spinning thing is I don't like it. Some kind of apple reminder thing... "your computer is getting old. buy a new one!"


    5. 3 GB of ram.


    6. I seem to be affected by all sorts of things. My spelling keeps any people employed furthering the advancements of otto correct..


    7. 1 in 5? what I lack in performance I make up for in ingenuity.

  • Eric Root Level 8 (45,155 points)

    Some troubleshooting ideas.


    Isolating Issues

    Try setting up another admin user account to see if the same problem continues. If Back-to-My Mac is selected in System Preferences, the Guest account will not work.

    Isolating an issue by using another user account

    If the problem is still there, try booting into the Safe Mode.  Shut down the computer and then power it back up. Immediately after hearing the startup chime, hold down the shift key and continue to hold it until the grey Apple icon and a progress bar appear. The boot up is significantly slower than normal.


    Safe Mode

    Safe Mode - About


    General information.


  • arthur Level 5 (5,045 points)

    1. That should be plenty of free space.

    2. Yes, I'd definitely try repairing the HD and permissions. To repair the HD you boot into the recovery partition by holding down command-R and restart. Then open disk utility. You can verify your startup disk, but not repair it, which is why you need to boot from another disk, hence the recovery partition. Which is cleverly hidden by ML on your HD.

    3. Also you should back up everything first because maybe your HD is starting to fail. It's about time if it's the original one.

    4. 4 gigs of ram would be better. ML should really be named Ramhog.

    5. The guest account and safe mode suggestions above are good too.