Mac Pro freezes in screen saver

twoodcc

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my mac pro freezes every so often while the screen saver is on. not sure if it really has anything to do with the screen saver or not, but was wondering if anyone knew what was going on
 

twoodcc

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ok, i've reinstalled OSX, installed updates.....and my mac pro keeps crashing/freezing. i was just watching a movie and burning a dvd, and it crashed. i have 2GB of RAM, 2.66 quad, 4 hard drives, and 1 external hard drive.

any ideas?
 

twoodcc

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okay, so i turned off screen saver. i added 4 gb of ram, so now i have 6gb of ram.

it's still crashing on me.

the first crash happened after installing the ram, updating the firmware, and leaving it on for over 1 day, i hit the expose button, and it froze in expose.

then last night, after having it on for about 1 day, or a little less, it froze again. (not in expose)

then it froze again just about 20-30 minutes later.

i have a 24" acer monitor and 20" dell monitor hooked up.

the only things i did different was turn on itunes sharing.

even in terminal if i type "last", it shows on there "crash"

any ideas on what i can do?
 

yeti5d

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hmmm, could be a heat problem...
Has it been operating smoothly before it started to freeze?
Is your fans running properly (it is a silent beast, you never know)?

Or maybe its a faulty ram block? try take out the original 2GB of ram and let the new 4GB of ram stay in.
Has all of your ram blocks got the proper heatsinks attached?
 

twoodcc

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hmmm, could be a heat problem...
Has it been operating smoothly before it started to freeze?
Is your fans running properly (it is a silent beast, you never know)?

Or maybe its a faulty ram block? try take out the original 2GB of ram and let the new 4GB of ram stay in.
Has all of your ram blocks got the proper heatsinks attached?
thanks.

i personally think it's a heat / dust problem. should i take compressed air to it?

the fans rev up every so often. and i have installed the firmware update and all

i think the problem could also be air flow. if you're willing to help me, tonight i can post pics of where it's sitting and see if we can come up with a better solution.

thanks
 

twoodcc

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ok so i just got home from work....and it froze last night right after i went to bed.

i have it set for no screen saver, and it doesn't turn the monitor off....i turn it off manually.

so i went in there, turned the monitors on, and the mouse will move....but i can't click anything. and the clock said 11:30 PM (last night)

any ideas?
 

twoodcc

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well the fans kick in pretty good when i start the dashboard. before i had a few applescripts running, but right now i'm not running them, and it hasn't crashed yet. been on for 5:39 so far. we'll see how long it lasts
 

yeti5d

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well, my "Northbridge heat sink" is around 70-75 degrees if my fans run at 1000 RPM. Thats the hottest spot in my Mac Pro :-/
 

yeti5d

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well, it could be the graphic card. Have you tried to take it out and tjek for dust? When I took my card out to replace the stock cooler with a better one, I was shocked over the amount of dust it had collected. :eek:
 

twoodcc

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well, it could be the graphic card. Have you tried to take it out and tjek for dust? When I took my card out to replace the stock cooler with a better one, I was shocked over the amount of dust it had collected. :eek:
well i haven't done that yet. i guess i need to do that today.
 

twoodcc

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here is my panic log:

Wed Oct 3 21:37:08 2007
panic(cpu 2 caller 0x00191931): pmap_flush_tlbs() timeout pmap=0x4b3700 cpus_to_signal=0x1
Backtrace, Format - Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
0x4a47ba58 : 0x128d08 (0x3cc0a4 0x4a47ba7c 0x131de5 0x0)
0x4a47ba98 : 0x191931 (0x3cf2fc 0x4b3700 0x1 0x190ad5)
0x4a47bb08 : 0x193c6b (0xfeb0b778 0xfeb0b780 0x0 0x19a986)
0x4a47bb58 : 0x16535c (0x4b3700 0x616ef000 0x0 0x616f0000)
0x4a47bc48 : 0x165b10 (0x616f0000 0x0 0x1 0x0)
0x4a47bc88 : 0x162e1f (0x16c4f3c 0x616ef000 0x0 0x616f0000)
0x4a47bcb8 : 0x3c4a86 (0x16c4f3c 0x616ef000 0x1000 0x0)
0x4a47bcd8 : 0x3bee5e (0xa4d9e00 0x0 0x1 0x3c6133)
0x4a47bcf8 : 0x3bef2d (0xa4d9e00 0x0 0x91b90c0 0x41)
0x4a47bd18 : 0x3b4a90 (0xa4d9e00 0x616ef000 0x0 0x41)
0x4a47bd78 : 0x18929d (0x8cbc680 0x92521bc 0xa484bb4 0xa484bc8)
0x4a47bdb8 : 0x12b4c3 (0x9252194 0xa484b98 0x0 0x0)
0x4a47bdf8 : 0x124b17 (0x9252100 0x0 0x38 0x4a47bedc)
0x4a47bf08 : 0x195a42 (0x4a47bf44 0x0 0x0 0x0)
0x4a47bfc8 : 0x19b32e (0x9160680 0x1 0x19e0b5 0x91570d8) No mapping exists for frame pointer
Backtrace terminated-invalid frame pointer 0xbffff6c8

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.1: Wed May 23 16:33:00 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.22.5~1/RELEASE_I386
 

twoodcc

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i also took some compressed air to it last night. opened up the door and all....there was some dust around the video card, but not a whole lot. it did seem to be running better last night. we'll see how long it lasts
 

jpierce076

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mac pro freezes every day! its getting worse please help!

this has been happening to me as well. It started out when my mac pro was just 2 months old - it would freeze up during screen savers and when playing world of warcraft. (So i stopped putting it to sleep and quit WOW) the screens (two apple 30" screens) would fill up with dots and lines and everything but the mouse locks up.. then it started happening when i watched youtube videos fully blown up - and now it freezes up everyday! - i took it to apple in the beginning and it wouldnt crash when it was there = maybe because they used a smaller screen? is this definitely my video card? could it be anything else? - cause im not under warranty anymore and my $7000+ mac freezes every day! PLEASE HELP!!

i opened it up and removed all the dust (there was a buildup) but that didnt solve the problem - i also moved the tower to be more out in the open to deal with any potential heat problems but that isnt workin either..