Recently, I'm seeing the following symptom regularly on my Mac.

I'll start an application such as safari or sktich and then the app bounces in the dock and is unresponsive. I have to force quit the application. This symptom is gone once I restart the mac.

All the log tells me is:

spindump[2733]: Safari [2730] didn't gather any samples due to audio running  

What could be the source of this error and how can I fix it?

I have no audio running.

  • 1) Check the diagnostic files, if any, generated by spindump located in /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/, hopefully you will find some hint to troubleshoot and fix the problem. 2) Make an appointment with a Genius at an Apple Store, if there's one in your area, to have them look at it. – jaume Jun 11 '13 at 20:33
  • @jaume I don't find any obvious spindumb log files, so I guess it's part of a different log file. But since there are so many, I have not found the exact file yet. I expected spotlight to search the contents of the log files, so that it would help me to find which logs contain the word "spindump" - but that's not working. – gentmatt Jun 12 '13 at 5:34
  • @gentmatt Did you ever find the solution? I'm have the same issue with a customer. – NSAddict Jun 18 '13 at 4:56
  • @NSAddict I can't say for sure. However, there are two applications which have been causing trouble for me in the past because they interfere deeply with the operating system. 1) Sophos Antivirus. I was using it with an on-demand scanner enabled. I decided to completely remove this software. 2) HandsOff Firewall. I completely uninstalled and re-installed this application. Since then I have not experienced this symptom again. Obviously, I can't say for sure that these applications were related to the problem, but it was worth a shot. – gentmatt Jun 18 '13 at 6:18

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