DISTURBING BEHAVIOR !!Never seen this before...any thoughts / tips??

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  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

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    DISTURBING BEHAVIOR !!Never seen this before...any thoughts / tips??

    Just recently, my much loved Powerbook 667 / 768 ram has been behaving oddly.
    I generally use it quite a bit, but also keep it scrubbed up nicely with DISK FIRST AID/ DISKWARRIOR 3 / REPAIR PERMISSIONS etc. Have installed most system updates- and am running on 10.2.6. Usual array of graphics software - nothing out of the ordinary. having been an Os x user since beta days, I've had a few kernal panics, but not one for ages - until yesterday. Odd things have been occurring over the last week or so, such as my track pad has been losing it's finger tap setting in the preferences, and I have to reset it. Then today it didn't want to start - it made the right startup chime, but screen stayed black. Had to control-command power-key to get it going. It started fine, but after a couple of minutes, the screen dulled by about half a tone, starting at the top and quickly spreading down to the bottom. It then put up a message in several languages that I had to re-start it, by holding down the power key for several seconds. This was in English, French, German, and Japanese/Chinese - NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE!!. ( Note- I was using Omni Disksweeper on all three partitions - but have used it many times with no problems )
    I then restarted as instructed, and it started fine - but it had put iChat / Mail / and Sherlock back in my dock!! Most strange - any thoughts?? Tips?? Warnings?
    Crucial stuff has been backed up!

    cheers

    UPDATE - Happened again today - thats 2 days running
     
  2. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know about most of your problems, but the screen that came up in many languages that told you to restart is just the basic OS 10.2 kernel panic screen. It's quite an improvement over 10.1, which just put up a black screen with some nonsense white text.

    --Fred
     
  3. pEZ macrumors 6502

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    Try booting into single user mode (command-option-s at startup) and running fsck - see if that gives you any errors. Then type "reboot" to get out of it. Also, have you installed anything recently that could be causing the kernel panic? What are you doing when they happen?

    -Evan
     
  4. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    Try reseting the powermanager, its a little button on the mother board that i think you can access by lifting out the keyboard...someone on this board probably knows more about where it is than i do though
     
  5. Spock macrumors 68000

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    this may sound odd but it could be your battery. Try letting it go totaly dead and then charge it and see what happens. Also have you recently installed RAM or performed a firmware update??
     
  6. pEZ macrumors 6502

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    You shouldn't need to reset the PMU - the power isn't being affected in this situation. It sounds more like a software-based problem.
     
  7. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Eh, your first Kernal Panic.

    Look in the crash log in the log. Console should show something.
     
  8. pianojoe macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a faulty RAM brick to me. Remove your extra RAM and try again.

    Also, you're not running beta software like iChatAV, are you?
     
  9. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the replies --

    means not much to me, but here is the crash log report

    Date/Time: 2003-06-25 11:24:23 +0100
    OS Version: 10.2.6 (Build 6L60)
    Host: Jbrowns-Computer.local.

    Command: configd
    PID: 97

    Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
    Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS (0x0001) at 0x2400228c

    Thread 0:
    #0 0x90073c28 in mach_msg_trap
    #1 0x90005f70 in mach_msg
    #2 0x901489f0 in __CFRunLoopRun
    #3 0x90180f58 in CFRunLoopRunSpecific
    #4 0x00003e60 in server_loop
    #5 0x00002cc8 in main
    #6 0x00002274 in _start
    #7 0x000020f4 in start

    Thread 1 Crashed:
    #0 0x2400228c in 0x2400228c
    #1 0x904923b0 in IOCFUnserializeparse
    #2 0x90493e10 in IOCFUnserialize
    #3 0x9049518c in IORegistryEntryCreateCFProperty
    #4 0x9049c2c8 in IOPMCopyBatteryInfo
    #5 0x00133380 in copyBatteryInfo
    #6 0x001333c4 in BatteryPollingTimer
    #7 0x90163230 in __CFRunLoopDoTimer
    #8 0x90148d28 in __CFRunLoopRun
    #9 0x90180f58 in CFRunLoopRunSpecific
    #10 0x90148240 in CFRunLoopRun
    #11 0x00004a68 in plugin_exec
    #12 0x90020d28 in _pthread_body

    Thread 2:
    #0 0x9002578c in select
    #1 0x90161830 in __CFSocketManager
    #2 0x90020d28 in _pthread_body

    PPC Thread State:
    srr0: 0x2400228c srr1: 0x4000d030 vrsave: 0x00000000
    xer: 0x00000000 lr: 0x2400228c ctr: 0x9000e5a0 mq: 0x00000000
    r0: 0x2400228c r1: 0xf007f3c0 r2: 0x00000001 r3: 0x00000000
    r4: 0x00000000 r5: 0x00000000 r6: 0x00000000 r7: 0xf007f820
    r8: 0x00000001 r9: 0xa0001d34 r10: 0xf007f400 r11: 0xa00010e0
    r12: 0x00000001 r13: 0x00000000 r14: 0x00000000 r15: 0x904f2260
    r16: 0x00000000 r17: 0x00000000 r18: 0x28002248 r19: 0x000000c8
    r20: 0xf007fe20 r21: 0xfffffffe r22: 0xf007fc90 r23: 0xf007fc90
    r24: 0xf0080140 r25: 0xf007f420 r26: 0x00071db0 r27: 0x00000000
    r28: 0x00000001 r29: 0xf007f820 r30: 0x00071b60 r31: 0x90493170


    !!!!:) :) :)
     
  10. Mal macrumors 603

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    Ironically, it does look like battery to me:

    The suggestion before about the battery was good, try it and see.

    JW
     
  11. blogo macrumors 6502

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    How much free space do you have on your harddrive, systemsettings usually self-deletes when there are under 500mb free space.
     
  12. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well -- I've got 8gig hard disk space, so reckon that ok:D Regarding battery, if it is at fault -- anyway to check, and would it be covered by warrentee ( shpelling??)

    I think this has happened while plugged in-but not 100% on that --
     
  13. scan300 macrumors 6502

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    Isolate the battery issue by leaving the battery out when you are on mains power.

    If everything OK, then use just the battery with no mains power.

    If the error occurs in only one of the scenarios then you may have a power supply issue.

    If the error occurs in both you will want to isolate whether you have software or hardware issues. eg reinstalling a clean system. Testing the ram etc.

    IMO I stay away from the disk utilities in system X, unless I encounter a problem which persists after a restart. Persistently fixing software with these diagnostic tools may create problems that originally weren't there. Some of these utilities come with a use at your own risk disclaimer. Read the discussions/reviews associated with these products and you'll see a diverse range of outcomes.
     
  14. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    Kernal Panics can do some funny things, lemme tell you... one I had once caused the dock to revert to it's factory state. Another swapped every icon in my Applications folder with one in my ~/Documents folder (it's quite unnerving to see half my apps have folder icons and Word document icons). Another restart fixed it. I wouldn't worry too much, unless it persists.
     
  15. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmmmmm

    would that explain why a lot of files- - deeper ones such as log / stuffit engine to name a few - suddenly have dreamweaver icons?? any anger to this??:confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  16. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    Re: hmmmmm

    Could be, if you had a kernal panic. *shruggs*. OTOH, there's other things that can cause that... if they open in DW when you double-click them, then something screwed with the file associations... in my case, all the files (in both places) opened normally, and it was just the icons that were affected.
     
  17. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    can you rebuild desktop ala sys 9?? to fix icons
     

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