Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

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lou Capeloto Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

HI

Lately I have had the spinning beachball on my mac only when using lightroom. Happened very recently

I read where turning of the graphics processor may help, it doesnt work

Would great appreciate any help since it is very frustrating

I am running Catalina 10.15.5

Other detailsMac

(Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)

Processor 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5

Memory 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Graphics  Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

LIghtroom Classic 9.3

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks

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Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

Do you have face recognition or address lookup working? If so pause them both and see if that helps.

Check in activity monitor to see what is keeping the machine busy.

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Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

lou Capeloto wrote:

HI

Lately I have had the spinning beachball on my mac only when using lightroom. Happened very recently

I read where turning of the graphics processor may help, it doesnt work

Would great appreciate any help since it is very frustrating

I am running Catalina 10.15.5

Other detailsMac

(Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)

Processor 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5

Memory 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Graphics Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

LIghtroom Classic 9.3

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks

Try resetting preference:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/setting-preferences-lightroom.html

OP lou Capeloto Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

Thank you

I have neither one of those programs running

Have 16gb memory 13gb used

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OP lou Capeloto Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

Thank you

Tried it and didnt seem to help

Couple times it worked then after started again

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lightnchade Regular Member • Posts: 258
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

The 10.15.5 update included fixes for some recently discovered security vulnerabilities and it seems (to me) there are some glitches under the hood. 10.15.4 seemed to finally be getting stability under control but it regressed with 10.15.5.

10.15.6 is already in beta.

JPAlbert Contributing Member • Posts: 897
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

Important questions:
- What kind of DRIVE is inside the iMac?
- How much free space remains on it?

If it's a platter-based hard drive, it's going to be slow.

Particularly if you are "pushing the memory". The OS is going to start swapping RAM to disk, page ins and page outs, and if it's a platter-based drive this is going to be as slow as molasses.

There's a relatively cheap and easy fix:
Plug in an external USB3 SSD and make that your boot/applications drive.
Things will then go much faster.

OP lou Capeloto Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

Hi

The drive inside the mac is

APPLE SSD SM0512L Media

Free space 160gb

https://500px.com/corot2

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Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

lou Capeloto wrote:

Thank you

Tried it and didnt seem to help

Couple times it worked then after started again

You might try actually shutting down the Mac. Restart and see if there is any improvement.

LarryRC Contributing Member • Posts: 714
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

lou Capeloto wrote:

HI

Lately I have had the spinning beachball on my mac only when using lightroom. Happened very recently

I read where turning of the graphics processor may help, it doesnt work

Would great appreciate any help since it is very frustrating

I am running Catalina 10.15.5

Other detailsMac

(Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)

Processor 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5

Memory 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Graphics Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

LIghtroom Classic 9.3

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks

Upper left do you see any background processes running like building 1:1 previews?

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Andy Hewitt Veteran Member • Posts: 4,257
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom
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lou Capeloto wrote:

HI

Lately I have had the spinning beachball on my mac only when using lightroom. Happened very recently

I read where turning of the graphics processor may help, it doesnt work

Would great appreciate any help since it is very frustrating

I am running Catalina 10.15.5

Other detailsMac

(Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)

Processor 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5

Memory 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Graphics Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

LIghtroom Classic 9.3

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks

My only really bad experience of Lightroom causing this is with a dying HDD.

I keep my master image files on an external USB3 HDD, and the catalogue on the internal SSD.

When I was getting various beach-balling, it turned out to be a HDD starting to get reallocated sector counts. I installed DriveDX, and found the drive was starting to show signs of failure (indeed, I discovered more than one in my entire collection).

Once I'd replaced the drives showing errors in the SMART data, I've not had any issues since. I now keep DriveDX installed and running, and have since replaced other drives showing signs of failure before it got too disastrous.

Such errors aren't always a sign of a failing drive if they're constant, and a low count, but an increasing error count often is. My tendency is to simply replace the drive if it has any errors.

It can also cause general OS sluggishness and beach-balling too. I gather that such errors cause slowdowns as the OS, or apps, will keep reading/writing until it can find a good sector, and recover data from the bad sector.

It might not be that, but something worth checking.

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OP lou Capeloto Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: Spinning beachball Mac and lightroom

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