Fix the Spinning Pinwheel of Death in Mac OS X

04 22/ By Shelton

spinning pinwheel

SPOD, the short form of spinning pinwheel of death is common to meet for many Mac users. When you boot your Mac, generally it will log you in with a white screen, but sometimes, all you can see is nothing but a spinning pinwheel, and then you will realized your Mac was stuck. This situation will not only happen to the Mac that has been used for a long time, but also to new ones. Therefore, you’d better to learn how to fix the SPOD, or get more backup advice just in case.

As for the beginning, you can try a simple way to stop the spinning pinwheel of death getting your machine back to normal.

  • Power down your Mac
  • Reboot Mac and press down t on your keyboard at the same time.
  • Wait for a few minute, power down again and then restart it.

This simple approach, which can be called a peculiar prescription,?will work and solve the problem, yet it doesn’t work every time. So if you failed to fix the SPOD in your Mac with this method, here are more available solutions you can try.

Repairing Disk Permissions
Disk permissions define whether an item can be read, written to, or executed, and they are initially set when you are installing the application or files. You can easily perform Repair Disk Permissions via Disk Utilities in your Mac.

  • Open Finder, click on Utilities on the left-hand sidebar of Finder interface.
  • Double click to launch Disk Utility

Disk Utility

  • Select the hard drive and then click on “Repair Disk Permissions” button.

repair disk permissions

Cleaning up the dynamic link editor cache (dyld cache)
Corrupt dynamic link editor cache can lead to the spinning pinwheel of death on Mac, thus you can fix the SPOD in Max OS X by clearing the dyld cache.

  • Click on Go in the taskbar and then select “Applications” from the list.


  • Choose Utilities on the left-hand sidebar in the windows.
  • Double click on Terminal to launch it.

Terminal  in Utilities

  • Enter “sudo update_dyld_shared_cache –force” on the pop-up window of Terminal and then press “Enter” on your keyboard.

sudo command

You will be asked to enter your administrator account password. Besides there will be some warning messages displaying in the dyld cache, you can just ignore them. After you have finished clearing the target cache, you will be able to fix the SPOD in your Mac.

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