The problem when your computer/device as a whole OR an individual application becomes unresponsive, "hanging" as it were, in mid air.

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Any way to use ssh to recover a Mac from spinning beach ball of death

On Linux, I can get to a ssh or Ctrl-Alt-F1 console and type in a command to restart the window manager. Is there any equivalent for Mac Mountain Lion? I tried ssh'ing to a frozen Mac, and I could ...
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iPad stuck with “iCould Backup” message — can't use it!

Yesterday I opened my iPad to discover a weird message I'd never seen before on my screen, that I cannot get rid of: It prevents me from interacting with anything else on the screen! So I plugged ...
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27" 2009 iMac screen occasionally freezes (mouse still moves) after upgrading RAM and SSD

I have a 2009 iMac that has been working fine (but slowly) until now. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB Intel SSD (MZ-7TD500BW) and put in 16 GB of RAM (PNY Optima PC3-8500). I've ...
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ps on remote Mac doesn't work

I have a Mac Mini (latest model I believe) running OS X 10.7 at a remote location that I can only access via SSH. The problem is that the ps command* does not work. When I run it in any form, from ...
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Why does Time Machine hang/freeze on “Backing up…”?

Lately, whenever I try to back up Time Machine to one particular external drive, it gets past the "Preparing..." stage (most troubleshooting documents talk about fixing problems with hangs in this ...
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OSX freezes upon USB connect

On a new (end 2012) iMac 21" with OSX ML as delivered I performed a migration from a backup drive that contained a bootable clone of the old machine, OSX 10.6.x, Users, Application, Libraries, etc, ...
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Momentary freeze in Mac OS X on USB device atachment

This seems to have only started recently, but every time I attach a USB device or removable media (SD Card) to my Mac Book Pro running OS X 10.8.3 there is a freeze in the mouse cursor for a few ...
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Console Mode from Desktop

With most linux distros you can hit control + alt + F1 or the like, and get a Console. This is really useful when your X11 / display manager freezes, because you can restart that process / service in ...
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Mac Pro 2007 crashes repeatedly

Yesterday my Mac Pro 1,1 (2007) running 10.7 started freezing up. It keeps on doing this after restart. Usually it will perform one task, but when asked to do a second, it freezes. The cursor will ...
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Can software cause the home button to stop working on iOS?

I have a new (2 months) iPhone 5 and it just froze in the "settings" app. Everything on the phone is controlled with the round button at the bottom, when I press it nothing happens anymore. Can this ...
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XCode Hangs at Startup

XCode fails to open on my machine - OS X 10.8.2. It opens the main screen and just hangs there with the spinner spinning becoming unresponsive. If I double clcik a project, it just hangs sating it is ...
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Instapaper freezing on startup due to problematic article

I added an article to Instpaper on my iPod Touch, and then I opened the article. It crashed Instapaper, so I deleted the article through my browser and then reopened Instapaper. Now Instapaper freezes ...
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How do I unfreeze my iPod Nano 4th Gen?

tl;dr -- My iPod hangs on the boot screen (black background, silver apple logo). When I try to restore it (on both my Virtual Windows XP and on a Mac laptop), it'll restore fine, but when it reboots ...
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Troublesome kext or driver causing system to hang

I have a late 2012 27" iMac with a relatively fresh install of OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2). I have been experiencing a pretty severe problem that I am convinced is software related, but I could use ...
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Macbook Pro 2007 Crashes

I have a macbook pro 2007 . 4gb of ram 320gb. i bought this macbook off eBay over the summer. it came with leopard , 2 months later then i upgrade to snow leopard, then to mountain lion. i currently ...
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What is writing to Disk causing eventual Beach-ball-of-death

What is running my machine down? This is iotop output...I still can't tell what is driving my system to a halt. Command+i on the SSD shows my "used space" slowly changing. It does this for about an ...
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Browsing in Finder is extremely slow while fine in Terminal

I did Repair Disk Permissions, reindexing files for Spotlight, and remove cache folders but it's still broken. It takes 30 seconds to several minutes to files to show up in local, not remote, folders. ...
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My macbook pro hard drive seems to be corrupted, should I replace it?

I have a 2,26GHz mid-2009 macbook pro with 8Gb Ram and mountain lion (mac os x 10.8.2). Recently my computer doesn' t stop freezing and I have to force the computer to shut down. Then I ...
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iMac freezing with graphical artifacts, what to do?

My iMac 27" from 2011 has recently been experiencing random freezes. It either restarts or I am forced to reboot (holding power button several seconds). When frozen the iMac does not respond to pings ...
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iMessage freeze and crash

I am having this problem where I open up iMessage on my iPod Touch 4th Gen iOS 6.0.1 and it freezes after 3 seconds. There is a specific message that is causing this. This app opens up at this ...
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How do I know which process is causing my computer to hang?

My computer is a 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display, and I'm on OS X version 10.8.2. I have had this my computer for several months. In the past few days, the computer has been completely ...
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Macbook Pro with 10.7.5 hanging when closing screen

I have some problems on my Macbook. Whenever I close the screen and I open it up again, the problem starts. Sometimes I am able to login, but once I am inside, the computer freezers. Other times I ...
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Checking for bad blocks without formatting

My Mac tends to pause every now then when preforming simple tasks such as right clicking, opening menus and typing (It actually just froze when I started typing this question.). I've read in a few ...
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Snow Leopard Install Hangs

I currently have a 2010 15" MacBook Pro installed with OS X Lion and wish to downgrade it to Snow Leopard. However when trying to boot into the Snow Leopard installer for a clean install, it hangs at ...
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Strange Freeze on My MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHZ (A1150 / MA600LL) & No Sound After Boot

I have a MacBook Pro 15" A1150 (MA600LL) that will not boot except in safe mode. It gets almost all of the way through the boot then freezes with two vertical checkerboard lines and the ...
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Retina Macbook pro freezes when Notification centre is triggered

Okay, so this is a really weird error. Every so often when I trigger the notification centre using the two finger swipe, the machine will freeze. The notification centre can't be dismissed and any ...
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iMac hanging on startup

I've got a 2011, 21.5" iMac with a 1TB hard drive (likely Seagate, although I don't think I can check right now). After it froze, I did a cold restart by holding down the power button for a few ...
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Time machine freezes mac?

I had just installed new SSD on main bay and move HDD instead of SuperDrive on my 2011 MBP. All works perfectly but Time Machine. It freezes entire mac when I trying open Options on Time machine ...
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Freeze issue after installing an optical bay drive

I am having issues after I installed another drive in the optical bay. When I wake the computer from sleep, it randomly freezes within 0-5 minutes. I cannot do anything, the mouse won't move, trackpad ...
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iMessage Conversation Freeze

I was messaging a friend then suddenly it gave me an error saying the message was not sent and I had to re-try sending the message. Since then, my iMessage freezes if I go into that same message. I ...
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Mountain Lion freezes for 20 seconds after waking up from suspend to disk

Is there any way to get a progress bar or whatever when waking up from suspend to disk? I remember seeing other Macbooks with older versions of OS X which showed a nice little progress bar after ...
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Is it a bad practice to mount network/slow shares under `/Volumes`?

I'm using curlftpfs with macfuse to mount some ftp sites through automount. The mount directories for each share is in /Volumes folder. Now iTunes on each startup tries to read ...
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login screen hangs when I try to switch users without disconnecting VNC client

I'm fast-user switched to the login screen. However, when I start to type my user name and password the keyboard input freezes before I am finished and I get the spinning beach ball and can't log in. ...
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Mac Mini Keeps freezing and have to manually power down and restart

I have a mac mini 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5 running 2GB 1333 MHz DDR3. The mac keeps freezing. Sometimes while I'm working on it, but often just when I leave it and it won't wake up and I have to hold ...
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iMessage message freeze

I have an iPod Touch 4G and my software is updated to iOS 6.1. I was messaging someone then suddenly it gave me an error saying the message was not sent and I had to re-try sending the message. After ...
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Keyboard and Mouse freeze after deep sleep (Mountain Lion)

I got a mid 2011 MacBook Air 13.6" and its keyboard and mouse freezes very often after I leave it in sleep mode for some time and it wakes up. Only the power key and the lid detector are still ...
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Xserver crashing, logs are incomplete as to why

We are currently running an OS X Server, and for the past month or two, it has been crashing around the same times. There is no rhyme or reason as to why, and the logs do not tell a full picture as to ...
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Mountain Lion System Freeze - Poor Memory Handling?

Useful details: Core2Duo mid 2010 Macbook Air, 128Gb SSD, 2Gb RAM. Since I upgraded to Mountain Lion I've had this occur a few times. I'll be running my system and it'll completely freeze, no ...
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How can I dismiss a frozen “Deleting Trash” dialog box?

I have the trash dialog box up, and it's frozen. What process needs to be killed in order to remove it, without having to restart?
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MacBook freezes with three beeps

My Feb-2011 MacBook Pro hangs with three beeps. I noted the first strange thing a few days ago. The MacBook was in standby (as always) but very hot (not usual). I thought some process must have ...
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Keyboard and Touchpad temporarily deactivate, all else working

This has started happening several times today. Lasting for 20 seconds or so, the keyboard and touchpad on my Macbook Pro stop responding to inputs. Everything else is working fine and I can see ...
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Dashboard or iCal hang with 100% CPU usage

Running on Mac OS X 10.7.4, issues list this seem to be riddled in Google searches but nothing like my issue, which persists even when I take all the steps. My story... Brought up Dashboard today ...
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Cannot open Mail Preferences in Mountain Lion

I have a user that whenever she tries to open mail preferences it consistently locks up with the pinwheel icon and requires her to force quit mail. Mac mail was fine until a gmail account was added to ...
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What might cause mouse and keyboard freezes after updating to OSX 10.8.2?

After the 10.8.2 update, keyboard and mouse input is hanging intermittently on my 2011 MacBook Air. It occurs in several applications (have tested with Safari and App Store). The keyboard input and ...
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Macbook Pro hangs when booting into Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15" 10.7.4 with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. A few days ago, I tried to boot into Windows 7 and it just froze after I selected the Boot Camp volume on the Select Drive ...
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Terminal in full screen mode: how do I recover from “cat /dev/random”

What are the ways I can regain control over my computer when I have terminal in full screen mode and type: cat /dev/random
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iMac 2011 spinning beach ball after login

the following is the HW profile of my iMac: Hardware Overview: Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac12,1 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz ...
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Can't get past the login screen even with a correct password

I recently upgraded a 2010 MacBook Pro to Mountain Lion, and it's worked fine for the most part. Today, however, upon waking up from sleep, the laptop won't go past the login screen. I enter the ...
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Preview Bug with (Mountain) Lion — hangs/crashes on repeat postscript openings

I have been able to duplicate this error on both Lion and Mountain Lion. Open a(n) (enhanced) post-script file (either .ps or .eps) using preview. It should convert properly to PDF and be displayed ...
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Mac doesn't respond after sleep mode: how to Prevent this?

My mac often doesn't respond after sleep mode. What can be the reason? There are a lot of articles about what to do in this situation. But I can find nothing about how to Prevent it. Mac is macbook ...