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    I'm seeing more and more of the "Spinning Pinwheel," even when I just go from one URL to another. I've run Sophos which found no problems or cookies. I don't even have that much ON the laptop; I have only 40GB on its 250GB hard drive. I'll appreciate any suggestions on why this is happening and if I can alleviate it at all. TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billwill View Post
    I'm seeing more and more of the "Spinning Pinwheel," even when I just go from one URL to another. I've run Sophos which found no problems or cookies. I don't even have that much ON the laptop; I have only 40GB on its 250GB hard drive. I'll appreciate any suggestions on why this is happening and if I can alleviate it at all. TIA.
    - How many apps. (normally) do you have open at the same time?
    - How much ram does your computer have?
    - How often (days, weeks, months) do you go between rebooting your computer?
    - When was the last time you repaired permissions?

    Depending on your answers...any one, a combination, or all of the above could be causing the issue you mentioned.

    - Nick
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    - I never have more than two apps or two browsers open at the same time. I have 4GB of RAM. I boot it up every morning, power down every night. I've never repaired permissions; don't even know how to do that. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billwill View Post
    - I never have more than two apps or two browsers open at the same time. I have 4GB of RAM. I boot it up every morning, power down every night. I've never repaired permissions; don't even know how to do that. Thanks.
    Sounds like 3 out of 4 things I mentioned are ok. As far as repairing permissions:

    - Open Applications folder
    - Open Utilities Folder
    - Launch "Disk Utility"
    - select your HD from the list on the left of the Disk Utility window
    - Click on "Repair Permissions"

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I did that; thanks. It did give me a "Warning: SUID File "System/Library/Core, etc.... has been modified and will not be repaired." Is that bad?
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    Sorry to jump in, but I had a question. The answer to a lot of the questions on here is to "repair permissions". I have never done that before, and I was just wondering what it does, and it its safe to do.
    ... If one falls flat on their face, at least they were moving in the right direction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sajid Ansari View Post
    Sorry to jump in, but I had a question. The answer to a lot of the questions on here is to "repair permissions". I have never done that before, and I was just wondering what it does, and it its safe to do.
    I've done it hundreds of times...and as a "Staff member" at Mac-Forums...why would I recommend something that was unsafe???

    As far as what it does...think of it as a way of certain "permissions" files getting coded. This "coding" gets "mixed up"...and "repairing permissions" simply "recodes" things to the way they should be.

    For more info:

    Using Mac OS X, how do I repair permissions, and what does that do? - Knowledge Base
    About Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions feature
    Repairing permissions: What you need to know | Utilities - Page 1 | Macworld

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    And if the SUIDs worry you that much, select the 'Show Details' button.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    I found an Apple site that says not to worry about the SUID statement and some others.
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