Pax (funcrunch) wrote,

Spinning beach ball of doom

For the last 2-3 weeks I've been getting the dreaded Spinning Beach Ball of Doom on my Mac Pro tower running Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard) every hour or so for a couplethree minutes at a time. Normally the clock is still advancing and I can still move the cursor, but can't click on anything. Very frustrating.

I've tried the following troubleshooting steps so far, one at a time, to resolve the issue:

- Ran Diskwarrior diagnostics while booted from that DVD (repaired some problems on internal drives, but ran out of memory when trying to diagnose 2TB external backup drive; afraid to try it on 4TB Drobo as it's specially formatted)

- Swapped out RAM

- Disconnected Drobo

- Turned off Time Machine and disconnected 2TB external drive used for backup

- Purged system crud with Yasu

- Closed most tabs in Firefox

What to try next? Total reformat and system reinstall? Ugh...

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