Lightroom Classic: Spinning beach ball after viewing 4-5 images

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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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Posted 10 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.
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Marcin Rogalski

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I have this after an update to Mojave this past week. First time I've launched LRC since. Though it worked at first with my import. Now after applying some settings across multiple images, I was scrubbing through 2 dozen or so shots, and it started beachballing. Shows as not responding in Activity Monitor and force quit dialog. One time finally quit and then it told me the catalog couldn't be opened. After restart, opened again, but as soon as I started changing between folders, it has hung up again. 
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Marcin,

Something likely went awry in the Mojave Update.  Did you install the 10.14.0 or the 10.14.1. If the .0 then install the update.

After this follow this procedure to reinstall Lightroom. 
  • Close Lightroom
  • Restart the computer
  • Use the Adobe Creative Cloud App to uninstall Lightroom Classic CC
  • Restart the computer
  • Install Lightroom Classic CC via the Creative Cloud App without launching any other programs.
  • Restart the computer
  • Launch Lightroom
  • Wait 5 minutes
Does the system still "beach ball"?
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Tristan Gulyas

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I've encountered this issue, too - and have been seeing it for a while (years+).  Investigation shows that WindowServer hits 100% CPU for about 30 seconds, before Lightroom becomes responsive, where there is a brief 300%+ CPU usage event for Lightroom while it seems to refresh the UI.
Restarting Lightroom can give me temporary relief, but the problem returns.  I suspect there's some sort of resource or memory leak somewhere.

Running the latest 10.13.6 update on a 2018 MacBook Pro, i9 2.9GHz, 32GB RAM, 4TB disk with plenty of free space.
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Mareike Schäfer

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Same problem here after upgrading to Mojave - Lightroom Beachballs right after the start (30secs?)
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Mareike, you should probably reinstall the application. 

  • Close Lightroom
  • Restart the computer
  • Use the Adobe Creative Cloud App to uninstall Lightroom Classic CC
  • Restart the computer
  • Install Lightroom Classic CC via the Creative Cloud App without launching any other programs.
  • Restart the computer
  • Launch Lightroom
  • Wait 5 minutes
Does the behavior improve after the reinstall?