Every day, my MacBook Pro freezes at noon and midnight...

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  1. christophertin macrumors member

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    ....and I don't know why. I'll be happily doing something totally innocuous; like typing, scrolling around on a webpage, or even just watching the clock widget; and the moment the second hand hits either noon or midnight, my computer will freeze. I'll still be able to move the cursor around, but I won't be able to click on anything.

    This only started happening about a week ago as well, so I think there's something software related going on here. Anyone have any brilliant ideas as to what preferences to start trashing, where to start poking around, etc.?
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Have you added any software (esp. Norton) in the last week? It may be the problem.
     
  3. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    VIRUS!!!!

    no just kidding. It's not a virus. It's the midnight curse.
     
  4. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    Probably either some system maintenance stuff (macaroni?), or maybe a widget that updates itself twice a day. Try and turn off all programs and widgets, and if possible all 3rd party system preferences, and see what happens.
     
  5. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Steve's taking over your iSight to check up on you!

    :eek: :D
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Um.......when in doubt, repair permissions. :eek:

    (I don't know, but it may help)
     
  7. Mord macrumors G4

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    if nothing elce archive and install OS X, it could be a hardware problem in your MBP's clock but i doubt it.
     
  8. elisha cuthbert macrumors 6502a

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    make sure you have the computer set to do nothing at midnight or noon eg energy saver or the automated things in some programs
     
  9. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    sounds like the cron automation tasks are causing a panic, when it happens next give us the logs as i think the cron data should come out
     
  10. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Er....that sounds interesting. How do I do this?

    1 hour, 10 minutes till next freeze....
     
  11. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    No, but I did have some old, obsolete Norton preference panes that were migrated over from my old system, that I just trashed. We'll see what happens.
     
  12. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, just closed all widgets. Also turned off the iCal Alarm Scheduler in startup items. Not sure how to just turn off all programs and 3rd party preferences, but we'll see if this helps at the next cycle, which is in T-minus 66 minutes.
     
  13. Exmoorman macrumors newbie

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    The same happened to me and the cure lay in System Preferences ... the light bulb ... some how the lap top had been set to switch on and off at about the same times you are talking about ...!

    There certainly is no default setting it just happened .....
     
  14. Exmoorman macrumors newbie

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    The Dreaded Mac

    Sure it is a great computer and as sound as hell but it also has a mind of its own.

    Just like Steve for no reason whatsoever it goes balmy ... then after a while it recovers by ignoring every warning it gives ... again just like Steve
     
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    Have you checked your logs to see if they show anything?
     
  17. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Others that had similar problems found it was certain preferences in Norton (dealing with scheduled tasks) that caused it to freeze at certain times.

    Make sure every trace of a Norton or symantec product is deleted.
     
  18. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, this is interesting. So when I go to Date and Time and uncheck the 'Set Date and Time Automatically' button, and then manually reset the clock back to a minute before noon....when the clock reaches noon, it's fine. Nothing happens.

    Hmm.
     
  19. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe whichever program (I'm assuming it's a program) does not use system time. Keep your clock on the wrong time and keep changing it so it never reaches noon or midnight. Then wait to see if it still freezes at the actual noon/midnight. (did that make sense)?
     
  20. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, that kinda makes sense. Well, I just set it to Anchorage time, so we'll see if it freezes again in 40 minutes, or if it freezes again tonight at the 'proper' midnight PST.
     
  21. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, more interestingly....this seems to only happen when I'm running on BATTERY power. This evening I left for a few hours, and when I came back after midnight my laptop was still running because I had it plugged in.
     
  22. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, more interestingly....this seems to only happen when I'm running on BATTERY power. This evening I left for a few hours, and when I came back after midnight my laptop was still running because I had it plugged in.
     
  23. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    What you need to do for us is make the system freeze then as soon as you get back in goto applications>utlitles>console

    then give us the log called "daily.out" its located in /var/logs. to show the log menu click the logs icon
     
  24. christophertin thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm. Okay, the problem seems to have disappeared. I'm not sure what it was (quite possibly removing the Norton?) but thanks for all the tips, everyone!
     

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