Forum Question: MacBook Pro Timing Out Often

I have a year old MacBook Pro. Almost daily I am experiencing a situation where it’s “timing out”. Whether I’m loading Safari, opening Pages, trying to shut down…whatever really. Then I have to force quit the applications because I don’t have the time to sit around and wait for it to load.

Any reason why it does this so often, and is there anything I can do to ‘fix’ the problem?


— Vicky Bradley

Comments: 3 Responses to “MacBook Pro Timing Out Often”

    5/6/10 @ 7:57 am

    It shouldn’t be doing that at all, let alone all the time. Diagnosing it is difficult, though. Could be anything from bad memory, to hard disk problems, to the OS needing a re-install, to a background processing going haywire.
    I’d have someone take a look at it and run some tests.

      Victoria Bradley
      5/7/10 @ 6:51 am

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for the response. Thought I’d share that I called a local Apple service company and they suggested that I first try doing a “repair permissions” under disk utilities. I’d never heard of that before, but figured why not?
      I did that, and have not had any timing out issues since, whereas I definitely would have. They suggested doing this monthly.
      What exactly does this do?
      Thanks again,

        5/7/10 @ 7:06 am

        Repair permissions fixes some files that are set incorrectly. It can resolve some problems. But if you have to do it every monht, then there is a bigger problem causing it. Perhaps a piece of software that is not behaving properly? Or, losing power while the Mac is running?

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