[OT] Mac Beach Ball Party (or welcome to hell, here's your mac)

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Mon May 14 13:36:37 EDT 2012


summary of my 'lost weekend':

1. I finally did a complete 10.7.4 re-install on Sunday.  Installing apple
store* Lion 10.7.4* "on top of" a previous installation worked better, but
still took over 4 minutes to completely boot up. Some applications will
still seem sluggish when starting up. No beachball though. It took about 9
hours to install. Most disturbing on this install is the progress
indicator, telling me 36 hours at first, but later settling into
alternating between 24 and 12. In other words, progress indicators don't
mean squat.

2. A 'fresh' install of 10.7.4 with migrated files will take less than a
minute to completely boot up. Things seem pretty normal now. It took 18
hours for this latest apple store version to install and move all the files
(via migration assistant).   I can imagine it would take a couple of days
if I had a filled 1TB disk and tried to do this.

3. A 'fresh' install of 10.7.4 without migrating my thousands of documents
and hundreds of applications is blindingly fast and boots faster than the
above.

other settings that may help avoid Mr. Beachball and delays:

Turn off the 'size' checkbox and 'show icon preview' in folder prefs, then
click "use as defaults"





On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at twft.com> wrote:

> BINGO! Wipe and reinstall time. Sorry. Dev previews are notorious for
> this. A bunch of guys here used the RC1 of Tiger to upgrade their
> production machines, against my vehement objections. They all paid the
> terrible price. Well, the price is not so terrible, just a nuisance.
>
> Bob
>
>
> On May 11, 2012, at 10:46 PM, stephen barncard wrote:
>
> > yes thank you Kay, actually these are the first places I looked, the
> usual
> > suspects. Something deeper might be going on, including the fact that I
> was
> > using a developer preview when I first installed Lion, and it never let
> me
> > upgrade beyond .0
> >
> > On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Actually missed a big one off the list.
> >>
> >> Spotlight - which would show up as mdworker in Activity Monitor. If
> you've
> >> added a 'new' HD, internal or external and haven't set Spotlight to
> ignore
> >> it then Spotlight may take forever to process it and you will definitely
> >> end up with the beachball.
> >>
> >> New in this case would mean something like moving your 1.75TB of
> backups to
> >> a new 3TB drive. Spotlight will spend forever doing it's thing to the
> >> 1.75TB already on the drive.
> >>
> >> I always add Backup/Archive HDs to Spotlight's Privacy list - but many
> >> times I forget with upgrades and it isn't until I'm left with an
> >> unresponsive system that I crack open AM and find the culprit.
> >>
> >> Also, what Sharing services have you set up. Is it possible someone is
> >> accessing iTunes, iPhoto or large files - you turned it on and forgot to
> >> turn it off? What about iCloud, are you snap happy and is iPhoto
> constantly
> >> updating your last 1000 photos to iCloud? Again, AM should help you pin
> >> point it.
> >>
> >> HTH
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> >
> > Stephen Barncard
> > San Francisco Ca. USA
> >
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