Well folks, I finally managed to do something that I was once very good at doing back in the days when I owned a PC - I crashed my computer. I woke up my Mac (PB G4 12.1 in. 867mhz 640mb ram, 60 GB) from sleep, thinking I would check my e-mail. The screen lit up, I saw my friendly desktop background of me and a few friends staring glassy-eyed at a half-full beer pitcher on a table. Then white text began to print on the screen: here is the basic outline of most of it: System failure: cuu+0 code =0000001 corrupt stack latest crash info for cpu 0: exception state (sc=0x1d17A280 Pc=something . . . etc. . . ) system failure back trace: back trace terminated frame not mapped or invalid: . .. etc. Proceding back up exception chain . . . etc. Back Trace: Numbers and letters etc. kernal version: Darwin Kernal version 7.2.0 Memory access exception . . . etc. entering system sump routine a panic server was not specified in the . . . etc. termenating kernal core dump ethernet address: ip address: waiting for remote debugger connection What happened? feelings of feel and dread penetrated to my inner most being. I mentally calculated whether or not I was still under warranty (just barely I think) I wondered if I should have bought apple care (probably yes). In any case, a few other points to consider: over the Christmas break I totally re-installed panther from scratch, so I should have a relatively healthy system. On the other hand, yesterday I was browsing www.cryptome.org (a very interesting website, but I hope mentioning it won't turn this tread into a political argument . . . ) In any case, the site has many huge HUGE picture files, I thought they might have somehow clogged my system. So far these are the things that I have done to reset the problem, I know, some of them may be foolhardy steps, but I am just doing what I know how to do. I have virus scanned the machine, I have emptied my safari cash, I have emptied the trash. I still plan to verify and repair disk permissions of the panther disk, run the periodic maintenance scripts from the console. So my questions are: what happened? is it going to happen again? why did it happen? Is there anything else I should do to prevent further problems? Finally, should I be pissing my pants, or will everything be okay? thanks, David.