Spinning wheel of death in Mac (SPOD)

Spinning Wheel of death in Mac is a simple problem whose solution can be in a different number of ways.

SPOD occurs when your Mac is trying to figure out something, causing a temporary system delay. This may happen, and the wheel keeps spinning without any prospect of stopping.

Often, this is usually a case of app freezing and does not necessarily mean your Mac is stalling.

To resolve this, simply click the desktop, or open another application. You may get the prompt to close the application that’s not responding, thus solving your problem.

However, launching the application again later may still give you the SPOD.  Let ‘s look at some of the steps that you can take to resolve this (SPOD)

1. Repair Permissions

A quick fix is usually to repair permissions, to give the application and any dependent files the permission needed to run properly. This used to be a good solution (For earlier versions like OS X Yosemite), before the release of OS X EI Capitan.

With Capitan and later versions, there is a new feature that does this automatically, whenever there is a software update.

2. Dynamic Link Editor

Clearing the dynamic link editor cache is another step to take. OS X uses Dynamic Link Editor(DLE) to load and link programs to shared libraries.

If the application that caused SPOD uses a shared library of routines in OS X, it’s the DL editor’s job to get the application and the shared library in good terms.

The DL editor keeps a cache of recently used library entry points. If this data becomes corrupted, then this can lead to SPOD. Clearing the cache usually eliminates the SPOD.

See how to clear the DL editor Cache here

3. Exit background programs

SPOD may also be caused by applications running in the background. For example, assume you have Safari browser open.

To check whether this is the one causing the SPOD, bring another app to the foreground. If the SPOD disappears, only to reappear when you bring back Safari to the foreground, the it’s possible Safari is the culprit.

But if the SPOD persists even after bringing another app to the foreground, then it’s possible another app is causing the problem. Repeat the test done with Safari for all other programs running in the background, to try and establish the program causing the problem.

It could as well be a third party program such as an antivirus.

4. Spotlight indexing

It is also possible that Spotlight indexing is the main cause of the SPOD. To check this, follow the steps here.