View Full Version : Problems w/G4 Freezing

Apr 20, 2004, 01:01 AM
Hi All. First of all, I must confess that I am a PC user (please be gentle/patient/detailed in replying). However, I happen to work in a lab that uses MACs and am having quite some trouble with our G4 (as this is the only computer of any power for ~9 people, this poses quite a problem at times). In any case, for some reason the computer screen will flicker (almost like it's "blinking") several times and, more often than not, the system will freeze, requiring it to be reset. This is a chronic, recurring problem (to the point that people save their work every minute or so). I really have no idea what is going on (having never encountered such a situation before; my initial thoughts are bad HDD and/or RAM) and am rather hoping that you may be able to help. Many thanks in advance. Take care.

Westside guy
Apr 20, 2004, 02:42 AM
You're right that it could be a hardware problem; but I've seen similar things happen with poorly written programs. If there are third-party programs being started at bootup, try disabling them and see if the system is stable when they're not running (this may take a few days obviously).

I had a specific problem with an ssh key management program where this same thing (more or less) was happening. Once I figured that out, I was able to find an equivalent program that lacks this "lock up my computer" functionality. :D