Solved: Mac OS X Locks-Up When Waking from Screensaver
Frequently, say, one out of 10 times, when I try and log back into my Mac from the screensaver, or when I wake it from sleeping, I will get a spinning beachball and be unable to type my password. Other times I will be able to log in, but I am prompted to enter my password multiple times for various applications, and invariably one of them (usually gconsync) will get stuck after I enter my password with a spinning beach ball. I can still use most applications, but application that needs keychain authorization locks up.
I happen to be using a very handy tool called SSHKeychain, which turned out to be the culprit.
If you are using SSHKeychain, this post will walk you through fixing the unstable-wake-from-screensaver, and also solves the problem of having to type your keychain password 3-5 times when I returned to my computer.
- On your Mac’s menubar, near the clock, look for SSHKeychain, it looks like a keyring with three keys.
- If you have that, click the keyring, and choose “Preferences…”
- On the security tab, make sure “Use custom security settings” is checked.
- Set all the drop downs to “No action”
- Close the window and you are all set.
[caption id=”attachment_177” align=”alignnone” width=”555” caption=”The SSHKeychain Security Settings Dialog”][/caption]
This is a bit more insecure, since your keychain will be unlocked, but its protected by the password for your screensaver (you do have a password on your screensaver, right?). There may be a security hole if people gain shell access to your computer, I’m not sure if the keychain memory is encrypted, but overall I think your keychain information is still pretty safe.