Spinning beach ball with Lightroom

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I’m having an issue with the dreaded spinning beach ball when I’m viewing my images. It appears after viewing 4 or 5 photos then appears for approx 30 seconds. Then, view some more photos, and the spinning ball is back. As you can imagine, it’s making editing painfully slow and an annoying process. I have optimised the catalogue.

I’m using a 2010 iMac i5 2.8ghz 24gb RAM 512GB SSD. I’m up to date with updates and I’m using OS 10.13.5.

Any thoughts?
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Jon Hobley

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  • very annoyed!

Posted 4 months ago

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G0apher, Employee

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Hi Jon, thanks for writing and apologise for the inconvenience.

Could you help us with a few more details? Please share the text that appears in System Info in Lightroom (available under Help -> System Info...).

Also, when the spinning beach ball is shown, could you share a screenshot of the Activity Monitor (available under Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor)? Are you viewing the photos in Library/Develop Module? Is the GPU turned on/off (Available under Lightroom Preferences -> Performance tab)?

It would greatly help if you could share a video/screen grab of the problem as you do the operations in Lightroom.

Thanks - looking forward to hearing from you.
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Simes Gee

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I am getting the exact same problem and it is making Lightroom practically unusable.