New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

Snow Leopard Freezing

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Sep 02, 2011
Posts: 1
betterthanneil is on a distinguished road

betterthanneil is offline
(I'm a newbie here, so if I'm posting in the wrong spot, please let me know.)

I'm running OS 10.6.8 on a 5 year old 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Lately, and randomly, I'll be working and then I'll hear a very small sound like the hard drive stops spinning and I'll get a SBBOD. At that point, I can't switch between apps, I can't force quit, I can't save. My mouse cursor will still move and I can drag the top most window around, but that's about it.

I try to note what's I'm doing when it freezes, and I can be doing almost anything. However, it seems to only happen when I have a program that uses the internet open (most often Firefox or Chrome, but occasionally I'll have no browser open, but I will have iTunes or Adobe Reader open). I don't have to be IN those programs (I'm often in Word or InDesign), but they are open. It happens whether I'm running wired or wirelessly.

I'll reboot and everything will be fine (at least for 2 minutes, though often times it will go hours before freezing again).

I've rebooted, run software update, cleaned my caches, and deleted potentially offending plists...any other ideas? Will an upgrade to Lion (which I've been putting off because of the age of the machine) potentially help?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks

chscag's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 44,772
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, Yosemite

chscag is online now
Welcome to the Mac Forums.

Upgrades (any kind) never help in a hardware problem situation. And I believe that's what you have. I suspect your hard drive is acting up. First thing to do before anything else, is make a backup of all your data. Don't wait, do it now.

Next, boot your machine with your original install disk and run Disk Utility from the disk. From the First Aid tab do a verify and repair. Let us know the results.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Starting up Imac Duo Core with Tiger CD's | continual spinning beach balls whilst browsing »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Constant freezing snow leopard antibat OS X - Operating System 0 10-26-2010 12:18 AM
Snow leopard disaster - apple is replacing my macbook pro.. EntropyX Switcher Hangout 15 10-05-2010 04:04 AM
Building and freezing an error free Snow Leopard system image w/ my apps and scripts wpbdude OS X - Operating System 11 03-04-2010 05:28 AM
Please Help: Pirated Snow Leopard peepz OS X - Operating System 3 11-13-2009 02:14 AM
How Do I Uninstall Snow Leopard? c12susan OS X - Operating System 3 09-23-2009 10:44 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?