Powermac just crashed!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bmur22, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. bmur22 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I just switched to my first mac a couple weeks ago. Everything was working fine until tonight. I was just using firefox, listening to itunes, nothing too intensive (especially for a powermac) when all of a sudden everything just crashes hard. The dock froze up, i tried to force quit all my applications but that didnt fix anything. Then my screen went black and the fans started spinning up so loud i thought it was going to explode.

    Its back up now, but does anyone have any advice on what i did wrong, or how to safely get out of a situation like that if it happens again??

    BTW im running 10.4.3 as of two days ago.
     
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  3. bmur22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thats the first thing I did...

    I can honestly say that with Windows I almost never experienced a major crash, but ive only had this mac for a few weeks and already a big scare. It makes me nervous.
     
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Did you add more RAM?

    I don't think your powermac will explode. It's going to be ok.....
     
  5. bmur22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No i havent done anything to it. I know its not going to explode. I dont mean to go nuts here, but hopefully you can see where Im coming from.
     
  6. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I don't think you have anything to worry about unless it starts happening often, or it happens again within a few days. Sometimes computers will just lock up without explanation...
     
  7. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I should have added a ":p" as I was kidding about the exploding comment. :p Sorry bout that.

    Hmm, but you ordered it with 1GB RAM....

    Usually bad/unseated RAM results in a kernel panic, not a freeze, but it could be. I'd say if it continuously happens, either take the RAM out and see if that makes a difference or call Applecare.

    Who knows though, it could have just been a total fluke and might never happen again...at least here's to hoping that was all it was. :)
     
  8. ingenious macrumors 65832

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    Hey, great purchase.

    However, (I'm guessing it's just,unfortuately, side-effects of the Intel switch with personnel moving and such) the Dock has been having problems with 10.4.3. It's possibly a corrupted Software Update file. You might want to try re-downloading it from http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/ or more directly: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/macosxupdate1043combo.html

    If that doesn't work, try repairing permissions in Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility.

    After that, people will suggest an Archive and Install restore from your restore discs.

    ingenious.

    [edit: fixed link]
    [edit2: added more direct link]
     
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  10. ingenious macrumors 65832

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    What exactly fixed it? :confused:
     
  11. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, sometimes things go wrong - usually if you haven't rebooted for a while (i.e. a few days).
     

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