Just had a major Front Row crash ... should I be concerned?

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  1. WeegieMac Guest

    WeegieMac

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    Ok, I've searched the forums and Google, but nothing comes close to matching what just happened on my one month old 2.4GHz C2D Alu iMac.

    I was listening to music via FrontRow, which worked fine for well over an hour. The album art flipped from left to right as it's supposed to and using the Apple remote to change albums/artists/tracks worked fine.

    I paused my music to watch some TV, and when I looked at the screen about 20 minutes later I noticed that the album art was still doing it's normal flipping from left to right ... only the album art had been replaced by bright red/yellow corrupted graphics/squares/pixels ... the album art was utterly unrecognisable, it's not like it was a corrupted version of the album art, it was just corrupt full stop.

    I pressed escape to come out of the album and when it got the artist list all the text had also been replaced by these red/yellow corrupt visuals. This continued on every screen of FrontRow when pressing escape until I finally got back to the Leopard desktop, which was absolutely fine.

    Can I comfortably confine this to a FrontRow crash, or should I be concerned that my GPU is about to die on it's arse?

    I've used FrontRow on three Macs now, and this is the first time I've seen it crash like this. It's quite worrying, and the downside is that I didn't take a screenshot, although I'm not sure if cmd+alt+3 works while in FrontRow.

    Any replies would be appreciated.
     
  2. avihappy macrumors 6502

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    I do rarely notice graphical corruption on my Macbook Pro from 2006, but it's still working. Sometimes Mac OS just screws up and you get that. Maybe you want to call Apple, just in case?
     
  3. WeegieMac thread starter Guest

    WeegieMac

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    I called the Apple support line here in the UK, just on the off chance, but as expected it's closed.

    I'd have been more concerned had I seen this kind of corruption in OS X itself while using the desktop, so hopefully this was just some weird Front Row crash.

    Out of curiosity, is there a fault log for Front Row I could check?

    Thanks.
     
  4. avihappy macrumors 6502

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    Probably not, programs generally dump logs when they crash or something. Remember that the entire Mac OS X interface is graphics accelerated. That means you can have glitch like that, maybe where a texture gets corrupted. I've once seen my whole iTunes window (and only the iTunes window) become green and really glitchy. Relaunching it fixed it up. I wouldn't be concerned UNLESS you start seeing it more often.
     
  5. WeegieMac thread starter Guest

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    Ok, many thanks for taking the time to reply.

    It's much appreciated. ;)
     

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