Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16
  1. #1
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    So just a few days ago I noticed an extreme and rapid decline in my Macbook Pro's performance. I got the macbook in 2008 for school. Everything was working fine until a few days ago. The hard drive got completely full and things started lagging. (I deleted a lot of things since then and now have 12GB free). I am an art student so I am frequently running many programs that take up a lot of RAM such as Adobe photoshop, illustrator, etc. About 3 days ago I tried to run Illustrator and got a spinning wheel that lasted so long (about 20 minutes) that I had to restart the computer. Ever since then, everything has been running slow. Everything runs fine until I try to open a new application, then if I open a program such as itunes, I will get a spinning wheel for a few minutes before I can actually use the program. I have found that when doing certain tasks (opening a video fullscreen), the computer will freeze and I will have to restart it. I ran the program SMART utility and it said that the hard drive passed its inspection. I also ran disk utility and everything said it was fine. I have no idea why I got this extremely sudden decrease in performance. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    quin's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 19, 2009
    Posts
    432
    Specs:
    MBP 13, 2.4, 8GB, 120GB SSD OCZ
    You may be ignoring the elephant in the room. Either free up more space on your drive or install a bigger one. You can get a good one for under $100 these days.

  3. #3
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    torbjoern's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 30, 2009
    Posts
    107
    Specs:
    MacBook Air 13" Ultimate (2010)
    I had a similar issue once. My computer started to speed up significantly and became far more reliable after I had done the following two things:

    1) Making sure that at least 10 % of the disk is free (preferably 15 %)
    2) Running maintenance with OnyX

    This should be done every once-in-a-while.
    Better lose a bar on the iPhone 4 than losing an iPhone 4 in the bar.

  4. #4
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location
    North Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    8,556
    Specs:
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.10.2, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    I experienced similar issues a few days ago on my 2008 MacBook Pro even though my drive is not nearly as full as yours. In addition to the excellent suggestions the guys have made run Disk Utility's verify disk option and see if you get any reports of errors. To repair the errors you will need to either boot from an OS CD or a clone of your boot drive.

    If you are comfortable in Single User mode (press command s at startup) you can check the disk for errors that way without using the CD if you are in a real bind. In single user mode a bit of text will scroll by as the boot process begins when the text stops scrolling type fack -fy and hit enter. At the end you will see a message telling you whether errors were found and repaired. Repeat the command until no errors are reported then restart the Mac.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

  5. #5
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    will freeing up the hard drive really make things run smoother? I have 12GB free right now. I was always under the assumption that the HD space had no effect on computer speed, thought that was what RAM was for. correct me if I am wrong.

  6. #6
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 24, 2008
    Posts
    6,004
    Specs:
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Quote Originally Posted by toomey View Post
    will freeing up the hard drive really make things run smoother? I have 12GB free right now. I was always under the assumption that the HD space had no effect on computer speed, thought that was what RAM was for. correct me if I am wrong.
    RAM does not make your computer faster. It's there to make applications run smoother.

    The CPU is what makes the computer fast. The HDD/storage device also does this so an extent. Launching applications and writing to the disk for example.
    死神はリンゴしか食べない。

  7. #7
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    19,398
    Specs:
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    In single user mode a bit of text will scroll by as the boot process begins when the text stops scrolling type fack -fy and hit enter.
    Make that fsck -fy. Just so we don't get any confusion here if it comes to that.
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  8. #8
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    thanks for the help guys. I might try booting in single user mode if I cant figure out how to fix the problem. Another thing that has been happening is sometimes when restart my computer, the icons on the desktop will all appear but some will be missing letters. its really quite strange. some of the icons will say (for example, no A's) project. i (project.ai) It was first A's and after a second restart, the A's are back but now no Y's... its really strange. the desktop is the only place that its happening. maybe this is a clue to something more serious? this has never happened before the recent problem.

  9. #9
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    so I booted in single-user mode. entered the fsck -fy and booted again. still getting the spinning wheel. wat do?

  10. #10
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    19,398
    Specs:
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    Did you delete enough to get to around 15% free disk space? If you have a hard drive than is bigger than 80GB, you'll need more than 12GB of free space (12GB is 15% of 80GB).
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  11. #11
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,061
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    Wonder if the OP actually read about the requirement to have 15% free HDD space?

    You need to erase a lot of unnecessary stuff on your drive, or if it is all necessary install a larger capacity drive.

  12. #12
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Wonder if the OP actually read about the requirement to have 15% free HDD space?
    no dude, i just disregarded it. I deleted everything I could think of and freed up 30GB on my HD. everything runs smooth until I do a certain few things.. uploading a file to the web will freeze my browser, as will making a video fullscreen. Opening a large application such as photoshop will also freeze the computer for a few minutes. seems that everything else runs smoothly. any ideas on what else I could try?

  13. #13
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location
    North Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    8,556
    Specs:
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.10.2, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    The amount of free space can have a significant impact on system performance if you have multiple tasks going, routinely keep several programs open or work with large files.

    Try this experiment with Activity Monitor to see what I mean:
    1. Reboot your system then open Activity Monitor (in the Utilities folder) and set it to the System Memory Tab. Make note of the Pagein and Pageout values.
    2. Launch other programs and go about your normal computing activities.
    3. If the machine starts to perform badly look to see how much the pagein and out values have climbed. This is an indication of the amount of data being written to swap files on the hard drive.

    In the search for additional free space you might want to check out OmniDiskSweeper - Products - The Omni Group Sometimes it finds files consuming space that people have forgotten about and no longer need on the main drive.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

  14. #14
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often

    Member Since
    Sep 05, 2010
    Posts
    8
    ok, so now I have 45GB free. all my problems are still going on, nothing has changed at all. spinning wheel occuring whenever I open any application, and stays up for about 2 minutes. anytime I open a website that has a lot of info, spinning wheel for 2 minutes. i honestly do not think it is the hard drive that is causing these problems, with 45GB open on a 250 GB drive, that should be plenty of free space, right? anyone else have any idea on how to fix this problem? I am about to take it to apple, which I dont really want to do since I am very short on cash. is there any kind of "detox" i can perform on my mac that will hopefully fix this bug?

  15. #15
    Macbook Pro getting "spinning wheel" way too often
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,061
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    No dude.

    You might like to try the Erase Free Space option however.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-10-2014, 05:02 PM
  2. MacBook Pro Stuck on Apple Logo with Spinning Wheel
    By Bmyonatan in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-20-2012, 07:09 AM
  4. Returning to a "warm" macbook pro that was "idle"
    By whitehorse84 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-26-2010, 02:03 PM
  5. iMac G5 20" - Spinning Wheel
    By utseay98 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 11-10-2010, 12:11 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •