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What does the pinwheel of death mean

by himesr / August 6, 2011 5:15 AM PDT

I get the pinwheel when I open programs or try to use then. I can't change desktops and, restart can take an hour or more with multiple attempts. Could this be a memory problem.

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Possibly, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 5:40 AM PDT

it is more likely to be a failing hard drive.

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Pin wheel
by klem39 / August 6, 2011 7:38 AM PDT

Have this problem when I open "Activity Monitor"
Quit by clicking "Command/Option/esc" = Force Quit

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No, they never reply
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 11:57 PM PDT
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but then again, that's not the purpose of those reports.

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The bulk of the time
by Jimmy Greystone / August 6, 2011 11:26 AM PDT

The bulk of the time, it's a failing HDD. It might be exacerbated a bit by low amounts of RAM, but ultimately the probably is almost certainly the HDD.

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