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Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 14, 2006 01:16AM
I have borrowed a G3 600 iMac with OS 10.1 and 256 RAM. I am not going to upgrade anything, but the beachball drives me nuts. Does an underpowered Windows machine cause the same frustration?
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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: pinion
Date: February 14, 2006 01:57AM
No, there is no windows machine that ever takes time to open anything. Everything done on it is instantaneous.





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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 14, 2006 02:05AM
adding 256 more ram to that would help ten fold -- and 256 ram is really cheap
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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: hwystar
Date: February 14, 2006 02:29AM
Dennis S Wrote:
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> I have borrowed a G3 600 iMac with OS 10.1 and 256 RAM. I am not going to upgrade anything, but the
> beachball drives me nuts.


I know that you stated you aren't going to upgrade anything, but the fact is that the beachball is probably caused by three factors that are bottlenecking performance.

1) not enough RAM,
2) not enough HD space free, and
3) use of an old OS, the newer versions are much better performing.

The first two factors lead to constant paging out and paging in of swap files, which causes the Spinning Beach Ball of Death. And the third factor makes it worse.


> Does an underpowered Windows machine cause the same frustration?

No, it is much, much worse.


HTH
hwystar
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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 14, 2006 02:29AM
Winblows is perfect. Like the forum is now, not like it. used. to. be. Macfriendly.
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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: February 14, 2006 06:37AM
What really bugs the crap out of me on my Windows machine at work is that the stoopid hour-glass dealie only shows up some of the time when the machine is doing stuff. You can never tell if it is doing something or not.





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Re: Does Windows have equivalent of spinning beachball?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: February 14, 2006 08:41AM
Yes. The spinning hourglass.

Note the use of "hour". That's how long it takes to complete an operation. Soon you will need a "glass" of something completely not good for you to dull the pain of waiting.

Compare with "beachball". Note the presence of the words "beach" and "ball". Have a ball, at the beach.

Which would you rather have?
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