OSX Crashed on me!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ieani, May 3, 2006.

  1. ieani macrumors 6502a

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    I have month old macbook pro running the latest Tiger. Well I went t watch a video with VLC. It switched to full screen mode but the video didnt come up. Rather a gray screen of death with a big white picture of the on/off button and words in a few langauges telling me to restart. Any ideas on what happened? What should I do to make sure everything is working correctly now? Any kind of system checks or anything? Is this not as bad as I am thinking it is?

    I did delete the file. And, also, upon restart it asked me if I wanted to send a report since OSX quit unexpectedly.
     
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  3. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of overheating x86...

    Kernel panic are most often than not hardware issues that creep into software.

    1/ Was your pb 'hot'
    2/ Did you add additional Ram.
    2.1/ Are you sure it is 100% compatible with your MBP

    Good luck!
     
  4. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    It's most likely bad RAM. Run the Apple Hardware Test off the system disc that came with your MBP and that should tell you what's wrong.
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Why is every quick to say it is hardware. It could have just been a software glitch that caused it.

    They can happen randomly thou rarely

    Only if it continues to happen repeatedly and under different circumstances will it be hardware
     
  6. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its apple RAM and has been working just fine for awhile. My macbook was hot and had been running all night so Im assuming its just an anomalie as result of that. Thanks for the help!
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    That is what I'm talking about.

    It is very rarely bad RAM, and if it was using VLC then I think it is just one of those random occurrences. VLC is a great program, but it isn't as polished as one would hope. I still recommend VLC, but ***** happens sometimes.

    ieani, unless Kernal panics continue often I would not worry about this.
     
  8. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I hope you're not seriously blaming the Kernel Panic on his processor. It *might* be the cause but there's not way you can tell that yourself. The PPC platform had Kernel Panics too.
     
  9. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Look no further than iGary's 1,284,585,783 troubles with Apple :)

    Edit: sorry, Fracking™ Troubles :)
     
  10. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    With Apple... not with Intel or PPC necessarily. Plus... Steve Jobs hates iGary. I have a friend who works for a friend who works for a friend who works for Apple that told me. :p
     
  11. motulist macrumors 68040

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    I'd just like to add that on my powerbook which is over 2 years old, I don't think I've ever seen that screen, not even once.
     
  12. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Personally, I have yet to see a kernel panic that wasn't traceable to a hardware problem of some sort, usually bad RAM. It's quite difficult for any software application to take down OSX, unless it attempts to address hardware directly (as some games do) and does it wrong, or if it installs a buggy kernel extension. It is always right to suspect hardware when OSX kernel panics, especially if it happens more than once.
     
  13. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

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    Of course it had, but have you seen the thermal grease overload the macbook pro have been getting? VLC can be processor intensive, although I don't know if the MBP GPU runs hotter than a Powerbook ati radeon mobility...

    The thing is, high temperature ranks high in the Crashes Top 10, and MBP are running at quite a higher temperature than Powerbooks.

    Cheers,
     
  14. motulist macrumors 68040

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    Yikes! Really? My 1 ghz Powerbook gets pretty toasty as it is, and you're saying the MBP gets even hotter? Ouch. Then again, maybe it's not a bug, maybe it's a feature. Just consider it a portable grill function. ;)
     
  15. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    About 1 out of every 50 times I plug my USB audio interface into my 12" PowerBook, I get the "gray screen of death." I'm under the impression that it's not a very big deal unless it happens more than one a month.

    Sometimes the computer just gets hot and freaks out or it's not "ready" for a peripheral to be plugged in. I look at it as if me and my Mac are playing catch, I chuck the ball and it turns its head to look at a squirrel right at that moment and the ball accidentally hits it in the back of the head and it starts crying. And the hotter my computer gets, the worse it's "reflexes" are.

    Daniel.
     
  16. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    My MBP crashes, is hot, and doesn't like external monitors. To name a few. Sounds like a Windows computer huh?
     
  17. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I get a lot of kernel panics on my AGP G4. But it is highly modded and probably the worse for wear.

    Both my former PowerBook G4 17" and my mom's 17" G4 never experience kernel panics.

    My friend's iMac G5 had a kernel panic once and she called me all freaked out.

    None of my iMac G3s have ever kernel panicked.
     
  18. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    only the G3 iMac has paniced on me.... cause i had more ram that should have been in there going. 100megs more i think... and i was running... err imovie that.. err wasnt on my installer cd ;)
     
  19. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    The Universal build of VLC is still in beta isn't it? I've had VLC crash a couple of times on my MacBook Pro and I can make it crash at will if I want to, but I've never had a kernel panic because of it.

    Still, if it's still in beta and you're using it, that might be the reason.
     
  20. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    I was about to suggest a code incompatibility, you beat me to it.

    Could check the 'panic.log', see where the exceptions were...

    Of note- kernel panics can be caused by various things, such as faulty RAM corrupt files (especially system files..yikes), fried video card or (as in my case) an inch thick layer of dust and cat hair on my G4's logic board.
     

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