Has anyone crashed OS X lately?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Marvenp, Jan 28, 2002.

  1. Marvenp macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Lived in Japan for the past seventeen years.
    I not so naive as to believe that everything Steve Jobs does is the be all to end all but we have to give him credit for OS X. It might not be everything we want it to be yet but it's still one hell of an OS. I've done things in OS X that would sent most other OSes into shock. This damn thing just keeps right on chugging away. I am truly and thoroughly impressed. Let's hear a Windows user make that boast.
  2. Doraemon macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
  3. PUSH macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2002

    can't break it, no matter how much i try. Funnily enough the only time it ever cried was when i put office on there. it didnt seem to like word much, but i hear they are sorting that for the next release.
  4. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    I've been using X nearly full time since the Public Beta came out.

    I've had a panic once.

    I've had 3 lockups when I've tried to shut down.

    I've had a lockup when I updated the OS, force quit the installer when it asked me to restart, kept using it for an hour or so, changed the startup disk and then shut down (obviously a deliberate attempt to break it!)

    I've had to reinstall once (a painless procedure - it just replaces the files that are broken or missing) after I installed Netscape. I had the same thing happen in OS 9 when I installed Nestscape. Netscape is bad.

    So thats one panic, 4 lockups and one reinstall in the space of about a year. (Yes, I keep count. I tease my PC using friends).

    So about one problem every 2 months. No OS could match that. I LOVE X!!!
  5. grouse macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2002
    I hate to admit it but...

    I have had about three crashes, and I'm not using X all the time.

    The crashes were horrible, command line, black screens with unix writing half way over the screen.

    Not nice, not Mac, and immediately looked like a horrible load of DOS (I know it's unix but still) it reminded me that there is something behind the beautiful Aquaness of OS X.

    I've got the latest updates, am not running anything too taxing on the system, Illus 10, etc.

    And trying to get my Canon inkjet to work, via USB printer sharing is a nightmare. The printer program, whatever it's called, locks up when I try and install or select that printer.

    Maybe my computer's got other problems, but it's not encouraging.
  6. davidc2182 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2001
    Sin City

    i've had numerous lockups where the dvd player will lock up if i stop a dvd and eject through the control palette, and i cannot force quit so i gotta reboot everytime i forget to shut down dvd player and then eject, hmm beyond that after i installed office i was trying to use darwin to setup the firewall so office couldnt go and look for other macs on the network using the same serial for the software and lock me out, and when i typed the command to check if it worked the system crashed and i had text scrolling from the top of my screen to the bottom, a white screen error if you know what i mean, and the last crash was when i booted up the ibook with the AV cable in and it didnt recognize to switch resolutions during bootup and crashed, beyond that nothing its a freakin amazing os and i love how it doesnt crash from normal usage unlike xtra penetrable from microsloth....
  7. Marvenp thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Lived in Japan for the past seventeen years.
    OS X Kicks Ass!!!

    I haven't had any problems for so long that I was getting bored so today I tried something I thought for sure would crash the system.

    While printing out a Photoshop image in Classic, I switched back to the OS X Finder and then proceeded to open iTunes and play music. I thought for sure it would crash but it didn't. And no I don't have background printing on. Ocassionally I've had to force quit applications but like I said it never brings down the entire system. OS X is a bad mother...... well you get the point.
  8. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    Re: OS X Kicks Ass!!!

    You thought that would crash it? Pfft! Weak. You gotta try so much harder than that! The only thing that would crash is windoze... actually, just trying to print would probably crash windoze! ;)
  9. evanmarx macrumors member


    Oct 23, 2001
    love X ... stilll my machine hangs

    well guys ...

    don't even try to upgrade to macosx if you happen to have a scsi card installed ... that's what I had ...

    then ... after reboot the only thing u get is a smiling mac face ... ;-)

    let's seee if i can make the machine work again, if i rip out the scsi card ... though i don't know waht to do then .... if it works ... i need ths scsi card ...

    but then .... no systme crashes on all the other macosx machines i have. at all
  10. Macmaniac macrumors 68040



    Ever since I put os X on my iMac its has been running like a dream. NO crashes No nothing. My only problem is AOL booting me off the net. Thats my only complaint. (I'm goona get a new ISP)

    Sorry XP can't compete with that:)

    700mhz snow
    100mhz performa

    Not all who wander are lost.
  11. Marvenp thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Lived in Japan for the past seventeen years.
    Re: Re: OS X Kicks Ass!!!

    Maybe but considering that usually in OS 9 and below whenever you print something it basically takes over your computer until the printing is done, I didn't know what to expect. Not to mention I also have an ADSL modem with Outlook Express running in the background checking my e-mail every five minutes and Illustrator was open at the time, I was pretty impressed.
  12. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    my experiences....

    2 times I've had problems with applications shutting down so the computer could shut down....it's been once with iTunes & once with IE 5.1...

    just yesterday I was doing a lot of web surfing and downloads....not to mention some installs.....all without restarting.....and for some weird reason the dock disappeared and I couldn't get it to show up whenever I dragged the cursor to where it resides....so I restarted....

    other than that, it's been pretty rock solid...
  13. Abulafia macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2002
    Oldenburg, Germany
    Kernelpanic only once....

    Just last weekend, while trying a mac os x theme.


    Nice idea, but broke the neck of the OS. (kernel panic) I shut it down, restored the aqua interface again, and had no problem since then.

    I made the experience that os x ist most stable os I ever worked with.

    Thank's Apple!

  14. Abulafia macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2002
    Oldenburg, Germany
    Re: love X ... stilll my machine hangs

    Yes. I have a scsi Scanmaker X6 with an adaptec 2906 card installed - and could not boot under os x.
    Until recently I found that adaptec offered a beta driver for that card. I installed it right away. Now the OS runs perfectly, but still I can't run the scanner under os x. Have to use PS 5.5 under 9.2 to use it.
    That is anoying.

    I have to get a new scanner I believe. The scsi problem is solved though.

  15. bunge macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2001
    Unfortunately I can get my machine to crash just about every day.

    I've been using X since DP4 and had no problems until 10.0. I had 2 kernel panics in 10.0 and one in 10.1. That's about it until recently.

    My TiBook is in the same location that I had my Pismo, but it's just at the edge of the range it can reach. When the signal is weak and the TiBook loses connection the machine just freezes. It takes a hard reboot to get it going again. OS 9 had networking problems like this but I was amazed to find it in X.

    I still love X and even with this problem my machine crashes less often than my Windows 2000 machine at work.
  16. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    i really have no problems with OS X, and it is the only OS i use, being that OS X is the (deciding) reason i switched to mac.

    every once in a while i run into problems akin to those mentioned before such as dock issues and a general hang. i always get it to work without rebooting.

    restarting your finder can do wonders.
    before rebooting, just try logging out and in again.

    finally, make sure you are patient with shutdown procedures...if you've ever seen a UNIX/clone machine shutdown you'd know what i'm talking about. UNIX makes sure its filesystem is well kept, and does NOT like hard reboots.

    oh ya, and my experience is on a laptop going in and out of sleep all day. instantaneously.
  17. Sayer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Wait for final driver from Macally

    The beta Macally mouse Kext/driver is definately a work in progress.

    I had OS X lock up twice while using the thing. About all it did was let me use the whell button to click, yippee. Other features already work with OS X as-is.

    It also caused other software to not work very well. Tape 2.0 (unreleased to general public so don't go looking for it) crashed 50% of the time opening an app bundle, or always on opening a second app bundle. After removing the Macally KEXT Tape worked reliably 100% of the time. Project Builder seems to launch faster now as well.

    I also have the Contour Shuttle PRO beta KEXT, but it seems to actually work properly. LOVE THIS THING!

    Otherwise OS X 10.1 seems to be okay (as long as you are not a programmer doing funky stuff with it constantly).

    I run XDarwin w/X-windows 4.1 okay, run some pure UNIX apps, start/stop Classic every few days and everything seems to be okay.

    G4 450, 256 MB RAM (yes i should have gotten some more, got a Shuttle Pro instead) 10.1.2/9.2.2, separate hard drives for OS X and Classic.

    Now wishin I had $3k for a dual 1 GHz. Sweeeeeeeeet!
  18. echo macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2002
    I haven't used OS X much yet, but I can make OS X crash hard when trying to connect to my Windows XP box via smbutil. I haven't figured out the exact cause, because it doesn't do it 100% of the time. There seems to be a bug in the SMB file system driver.

  19. Macmaniac macrumors 68040



    Has Microsoft (a.k.a. The Evil Empire) released drivers for their intelli mice for OS X? I have one at home and I really want the ability to use it properly!

    700mhz snow
    100mhz performa

    Not all who wander are lost.
  20. bunge macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2001
    Unfortunately for me when the system hangs looking for the AirPort, it really hangs. No response from the entire system. The mouse moves but can't interact with anything on the screen (the dock even freezes in mid-motion) and the keyboard can't get a response either.


    But I love OS X all the same. It's a bug that'll get rooted out sooner or later.
  21. jonfif macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2002
    I've been running OS X since 10.1 came out on my iMac 500, 640 MB RAM. I have a cable modem, use Photoshop 6, Filemaker 5, Office 2001, and SoundEdit 16 in Classic, and IE 5, Limewire, iTunes, iMovie in OS X. Have a tapedeck plugged in via a Griffin iMic to rip MP3's of analog music, have a Macally keyboard and two-button mouse with scollwheel, and an Epson 777i printer. I also have a Linksys router which I use to set up a LAN when I bring a Wallstreet or TiBook home from work.

    In the 4(?) months I've been pounding on this machine, I have NEVER had to force restart. With the exception of software upgrades/installs that have required a restart, the machine is always on.

    At work my G4 400 256 MB has been running 10.1 for about 3 months. I use this machine to test software in Classic and troubleshoot Quark 4, Illustrator 10, Office 98, Filemaker 4, Photoshop 6, Outlook Exchange client 8.2.2 and 2001, Citrix client, and BBEdit. I've had to force quit apps (usually Microsoft apps when going from Classic to X), but no kernel panics.
  22. jettavrsix macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2002
    Major OS X crash

    I've crashed OS X twice. Once when using my Que!Fire CD burner, after completing the burn, I experienced a kernel panic.

    The second time, however, was just last night and it was truly bizarre.

    I've been beta testing a bunch of unmentionable applications and I had just inserted a music CD into my CD drive. Started groovin to the tunes and got an instant message from a buddy. I switched over to Adium to reply and just as I hit the return key to send my reply, the CD starts skipping and the entire Mac locks up. I couldn't force quit and regain control of the Mac, so I simply rebooted by pressing the restart button.

    That's about it. No other major crashes, even with all the major beta testing going on.

    However, I will say that OS X is DAMN buggy! Don't blame the developers for being slow to release applications, it's not their fault. Honest!
  23. kaneda macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2001
    10.1.2 sucks!!!

    Since 10 - 10.1 I didn't have any problem with the OS, but when I updated 10.1.2 Man!! 2 panics, at least 6 froze! Bring back the classic OS!!!!
  24. totoro macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2001
    try these!

    I am using OS X (10.1.2) on my G4 867, I experienced 2 Kernel panic after the use of my burner (plextor)with toast or iTunes. Many screen/dock freeze when opening iTunes (2.0.3) and internet connect at the same time. That never happened under 10.1.1, but under this one, it sometimes freezed at the shutdown!!!
    On my iBook (600) and iMac 500 (end 1999), nothing happened!
    So few problems will get me bored!
  25. sturm375 macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2002
    Bakersfield, CA
    Great OS

    OS 10.1 was the decision maker for me buying my TiPB 500. I had been eying the Ti for some time, and it was the release of 10.1 that prompted me to buy. So far I have not had any kernel panics, the only problems I have had, deal with applications. Also running classic apps can tend to tax the system. I have seen some others with problems. They were using the newer 667 Mhz Ti's and were doing a presentation (800x600) with a projector (sony, new). Anyway they were demonstrating iMovie, making some changes which made iMove start to render, essentially it slowed the machine down to a crawl. They were forced to restart the computer. The other demo, on the same day was having to do with iDVD, also attempting to render and display on 2 screens. Those are the closed things to crashes I can think of.

    I don't do heavy duty stuff on my PB, so I am not supprised that there have been no crashes. I am a lot rougher on my PC at home running Win2K. Also solid as a rock. I have no experiance with XP, so I cannot say anything about that. I can say that in my experiance, here are the most stable OS's in order of best to worst:

    1) Win2K
    2) OS X.1 (A very close runner up)
    3) Win NT 4.0
    4) Mac OS 9 & 8
    5) Win 98
    6) Win 95

    The only other OS I have extensive experiance with is MS-DOS. I don't feel it is fair to compare DOS with the other 6 listed as there is no way to run multiple apps at the same time. But, it doesn't crash, ever!

    Just my 2¢

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