Most Unstable Part of OS X

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Most Unstable Part of OS X

  1. iLife Apps

    5 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Apps like Safari, Mail, iChat...

    32 vote(s)
    23.0%
  3. Sleep

    21 vote(s)
    15.1%
  4. Front Row

    13 vote(s)
    9.4%
  5. OS X itself

    10 vote(s)
    7.2%
  6. 3rd Party Apps

    27 vote(s)
    19.4%
  7. Other

    19 vote(s)
    13.7%
  8. Nope, I have ZERO problems with it

    30 vote(s)
    21.6%
  9. Hardware related

    9 vote(s)
    6.5%
  1. runninmac macrumors 65816

    runninmac

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    #1
    Over the past few days I've noticed that OS X does have its quirks. The things that are the worst on OS X for me are Front Row, about once a week it just seems to hang there and not respond. Forcing me to do a hard restart. Also a close 2nd is when I would normally wake up my MacBook it sometimes doesn't wake up and just gives me a kernal panic, that happens about once every 2 weeks.

    Whats your most quirky part of OS X?
    (Hopefully this poll works)
     
  2. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

    AvSRoCkCO1067

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    #2
    In terms of just OS X applications (Microsoft Word/Excel exempt), Front Row is probably the only glitchy application I use...

    ...it's really not too bad, tho - sometimes it just hangs a bit when opening iTunes in the background, and the 'Movie Trailers' take a while to get going.
     
  3. runninmac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    #3
    Just added the poll. I had no idea what I was doing, my first one. Vote away
     
  4. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    #4
    Finder is the only thing I ever have problems with
     
  5. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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  6. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    #6
    I'd say the most quirky park of OSX for me is connecting to servers, especially wireless ones. When i'm at school and I access server webspace for my class, if I were to disconnect in any way without dismounting the volume, OSX halts immediately (ie. turning off airport or putting my iBook to sleep). This would be understandable, except for the fact that it often freezes for more than a minute, all services crushed while trying to relocate the server. Definitely something that needs fixing.
     
  7. 63dot macrumors 603

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    #7
    Sherlock in Jaguar (OS X 10.2) on my 3rd hard drive on my Dual G4 Power Mac does not work, but it is fine on the 1st hard drive in OS 9.2 on the same machine.
     
  8. Mord macrumors G4

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  9. telecomm macrumors 65816

    telecomm

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    #9
    Ummm... how could something hardware related possibly be a problem with OS X software. Maybe you should replace that in your poll with the notoriously buggy Help app.
     
  10. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    #10
    OSX is supposed to be immune to system-wide crashes (Save kernel panics, which i believe are usually caused by a RAM glitch and would be all but avoided with ECC RAM), but back when i played WoW, I noticed that I would sometimes get system-wide freezes if I ran WoW at the same time as either Y!M or MSWord... So I'm going to have to go with 3rd party apps.
     
  11. Copland macrumors regular

    Copland

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    #11
    What do you find glitchy about the dock?

    What do you find glitchy about Finder?

    I don't seem to have most of the problems you guys have.:confused: I can say, though, I would prefer if OS X worked better with Network Drives, and servers.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  13. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    #13
    On my PowerBook, I would have voted the zero problems option. However, on my new Intel iMac, Safari really enjoys crashing. Other than that and a problem with a sticky command key on my keyboard, everything's great.
     
  14. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    #14
    Finder problems mainly occur with connecting to shared wireless resources - lengthy freeze up with continual spinning beachball. Cured by a relaunch.

    That was only on my PPC mac though. Haven't noticed it on my MacBook.
     
  15. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    #15
    Yep, this gets my virtual vote. They badly need to fix this (the iDisk too) from screwing up Finder response.

    Then, as Hector mentioned (and as I was saying to him the other day), Expose doesn't work as well on my new Intel Mini as on any previous Mac I've owned. This is definitely a drawback of the crummy integrated graphics.

    Third, any kind of plugin that tries to make us of the previews in Finder column mode. Flip4Mac or whatever that WMP plugin is called is the big offender here. Causes a relaunch of the Finder whenever my Powermac tries to access a preview of a Windows Media file.

    But generally I'm very happy with Mac OS X.
     
  16. Voidness macrumors 6502a

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    #16
    Generally everything under Mac OS X is very stable. I mainly find sleep with password protection somehow glitchy. Also Spotlight in Finder has also some minor issues.

    And Front Row is the most unstable Apple software i've ever seen...
     
  17. iBrow macrumors regular

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    #17
    Spotlight and Finder mostly, But apart from that its very stable.
     
  18. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    #18
    iTunes crashes on me every now and then. I voted Other.

    Everything else has been flawless on this Mac mini.
     
  19. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

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    #19
    FrontRow is horrible. One of my fav apps, but the constant crashing and lockups make it hard to like.
     
  20. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    #20
    Front row in one word. And on the few occaisons when I use safari, it always gives me headaches.
     
  21. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    #21
    I'm answering OSX Itself because the ONLY significant stability problem I have is with unresponsive network volumes hanging the system. I just REALLY wish OSX failed more gracefully when a mounted volume stopped responding, but "stalled" disk access will actually hang the kernel, preventing even force quitting.

    Otherwise my answer would be "sleep"; it works absolutely perfectly on most Macs I deal with (literally hundreds of sleep-wake cycles without an issue), but the only times my G5 tower needs a forced restart (maybe every few weeks, so not often) it's related to sleep.
     
  22. savar macrumors 68000

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    #22
    Kernel panics are most often caused by errant code running in the kernel. This could be Apple bugs, but in my experience its from 3rd party kernel extensions. The kernel is protected from user space applications, but a kernel extension is loaded into the kernel's memory space, so if a kernel extension accesses invalid memory or calls certain functions incorrectly it will cause a panic.
     
  23. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    #23
    This is kind of a bogus pool. How is a typical user to know to cause of a problem. At best he would know what application he was using when the problem occured. Most people think the if the graphic interface freezes up the machine has crashed and don't look much futher then a reset and reboot.

    I strongly suspect that the weak link is in the graphics subsystem
     
  24. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    #24
    Considering I'm running on a 59 day uptime and and had no applications unexpectedly quit within recent memory, I have a hard time believing that OS X itself is to blame for most problems.
     
  25. zakatov macrumors 6502a

    zakatov

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    #25
    One more vote for the abysmal non-responsive network volume handling by OSX. If it ain't responding, drop it, don't hang the entire OS waiting to reconnect.
     

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