My Mac is frozen (Spinning pinwheel of death)

11 years ago in Ask iBAM, How do I?, Troubleshooting by Brent | 22 Comments

Today, I received an email from “Laura” and it got me thinking. I have heard a lot of people talk about the “Spinning pinwheel of death” as Mac’s version of Windows’ “Blue screen of death”. Here’s her question:

Yesterday while using my mac, I got a busy wheel. my computer wont let me do anything else. fortunately, it ran out of battery so it just shut off. however today when i plugged it in to recharge and turn on, the busy wheel is still there, it wont let me do anything on the computer at all. any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Have you been in this situation and how did you fix it? Help Laura out and I know I would love to know, just in case…

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