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

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue May 15 11:16:42 EDT 2012


One way to eliminate Spotlight as a possible cause (or prove it) is to drag his entire hard drive into the Spotlight Privacy tab. He may need to restart after that (there is a way to quit the actual processes but may as well just restart). 

Bob


On May 15, 2012, at 12:38 AM, Kay C Lan wrote:

> It may not be normal, but it happens. I just did a google search for
> mdsworker os x slow and the first couple of hits, some from Apple Support
> Forums, include phrases like, 'apps are not responding and my mac is very
> very slow'. This may have been fixed with Lion but I (and many others)
> certainly had the problem with SL and the above mentioned forum responses
> nailed the solution.
> 
> Stephen's Mac is not behaving normally, the symptoms seem to fit so I
> offered a suggestion. Unfortunately for Stephen he appears no closer to a
> solution.
> 
> On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at twft.com> wrote:
> 
>> I respectfully disagree. Spotlight is designed to give up processor usage
>> if something else needs it. If you get the beachball while spotlight is
>> indexing, there is something wrong, and that is not normal.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>> On May 11, 2012, at 8:55 PM, Kay C Lan 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.
>> 
>> 
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