Applications Keep Quitting Unexpectedly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CedarPoint182, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. CedarPoint182 macrumors member

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    Recently I installed the drop in version of Mac OS X Leopard on my MBP. Ever since, things have gotten pretty bad. Tiger was extremely reliable but all I am having with Leopard is problems.

    One problem is the responsiveness of the computer. It just seems much more sluggish than before, and I am seeing the spinning color wheel a lot more. Programs almost seem to take longer to open too.

    Another problem occurs when the battery gets low. The percentage icon for the battery seems to be messed up, and not very accurate. It will suddenly jump from 30% to 10% for example, in a short period of time. Then when it gets low enough to trigger the alert message (that I should plug it in) the normal window pops up. When I click OK though, the silhouette of the window remains and begins to flash, and my toolbar starts to flash. The computer is then basically unusable until I plug it in, and then everything returns to normal.

    The worst problem is my applications quit unexpectedly all the time. I will be in the middle of something, the application will quit, and the "This application quit unexpectedly message". It occurs in many applications, notably: iPhoto, iTunes, iChat, Pages, Safari, and System Preferences. I haven't noticed any actions that really trigger it, except for hitting the delete key in iTunes. That always triggers it. It really has become more than a pain, because now I will be typing a paper in Pages and then lose everything when it quits. The quits happen about 5-7 times a day.

    I'd appreciate any advice! I don't know that much on troubleshooting.

    Thanks
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Sounds like you did the upgrade install. I recommend you back up and do a fresh install :)
     
  3. motulist macrumors 601

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    Agreed, I second psychofreak's advice. Backup and then do a clean install of OS X instead of an OS X upgrade install.
     
  4. CedarPoint182 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the advice. How would I go about doing that on a Mac? And will that drop in version of Leopard work for a fresh install?
     
  5. psychofreak Retired

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    Get an external hard disk and use Carbon Copy Cloner. The disk will work :)
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Make sure you have your restore disks that came with you Mac however, as you will need those to reinstall software such as iLife...
     
  7. CedarPoint182 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help everyone. Hopefully this works.
     

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