I am sick of the Rainbow icon on my MacBook

For the last week or so, my MacBook has been stalling on me all the time! I have tried unplugging all external drives, I have tried opening one program at a time but I still get that Rainbow twirly icon for long periods, some times as long as 15-20 minutes. They occur every day, at random moments and nothing works! When I say nothing I mean nothing! My system freezes, or goes so slow that it seems like frozen… Once the long wait is over, my MacBook works like a Spitfire again! Then, after maybe one hour, or 30 mins, or the next day, nobody knows, it will stall on me again!

I asked around at the office and one more guys has the same problem. We both don’t know what is going on!!!
Has this happened to you and if yes, have you found a way to fix it?

I run Snow Leopard and I am using the Aluminum MacBook with 4GB of RAM.



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6 Responses to I am sick of the Rainbow icon on my MacBook
  1. oriste Reply

    Don’t know if this is useful in your case, but I had similar problems with an iMac 24″. Turned out the external disk I use for Time Machine was having hardware problems, freezing everything. Disk Utility and an bunch of other disk repair software didn’t detect any problem though. As soon as I shut the external disk down (forcefully), everything resumed, each time. Do you have peripherals attached to your macBook?

  2. Spyros Papaspyropoulos Reply

    I have, but I have tried removing them and got the same issues. My TimeLine HD is unplugged and so is my External Disk with all my work. No iPhone is connected, nothing! The only thing that has changed within the last week is the firmware upgrade on my Bluetooth Apple Keyboard. Do you think that is to blame?

  3. oriste Reply

    For starters, I’m not a hardware expert (correct that, I’m not an expert in anything) but from those previous experiences that I described, I would venture it is your internal hard disk slowly going south. But take that with a grain of salt, it’s just me guessing uneducatedly (I just invented that adverb). Other than that, have you tried disabling the bluetooth external keyboard to see if it makes a difference?Btw the “rainbow icon” as you call it, is known as the “spinning beach ball (of death)”. You might want to google that, to see if something better comes up.

  4. Spyros Papaspyropoulos Reply

    Cheers mate! Thanks for your help. I will look it up on Google using the term you suggested.

  5. Spyros Papaspyropoulos Reply

    I have ruled out BT keyboards and external devices because I have been using my MacBook as a laptop since this morning, not a desktop, which means I have nothing connected to it, but I am still having the same issues…I did a search and found this great post http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/sbbod.html in which everything is explained. I will be trying it out to see if anything changes.

  6. Spyros Papaspyropoulos Reply

    I installed the latest Flash plugin and deactivated my DropBox and I found that my MacBook is working like a breeze again… for now…I hope it keeps this up!

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