Mac Suddenly VERY Unstable

ee99ee

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Yesterday afternoon, I was working away and all of the sudden things started acting very weird. I was in Photoshop slicing up a PSD and it suddenly crashed. I clicked Reopen, and it crashed again. Then, Dreamweaver stopped responding. Next, it crashed. When it opened back up, it froze on open. Next, finder crashed and restarted about 5 times in a row before it finally came back up. Next, Safri's window was replaced with a white box where it's window was.

I rebooted, and when things came back up it was *very* slow loading. Once the applications loaded, everything seemed fine. Photoshop wouldn't load, and Skype wouldn't load. I would click their icon in the dock, they would bounce, then nothing would happen and they would stop bouncing.

In the middle of typing this, Safri just crashed. I had copied the post to the clipboard, because I figured it would crash. It's not just Safri that's unstable, EVERYTHING is. When I was typing the URL in the browser just a second ago, I got these weird black lines in the address bar and I couldn't see what I was typing. Once I hit enter, it was fine.

What is going on? I just switched to a mac not too long ago, and I haven't had any issues up until now. I haven't installed any new software in the past week, just been working on a few web design projects, nothing really even that demanding.

Help!
 

ee99ee

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Mar 9, 2006
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Well, at least this post was made. When I clicked submit, Safri was replaced with a white window again. When I closed it from the Dock, the Dock restarted 3 times. This is crazy. When I launch FireFox, it crashes right away.
 

JasonElise1983

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Between a rock and a midget
are you sure you aren't using a PC?...lol, just joking

I'm probably not much help, but what Mac do you own? Just wondering because i just got my MBP in and all my Adobe apps crash randomly on it. I think it's a rosetta problem, but who knows. What version of this software do you have?


-JE
 

Queso

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Mar 4, 2006
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Sounds like hard disk corruption to me. Start by repairing permissions in your Disk Utility program and see if that gets round the applications not starting issue.
 

someguy

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Dec 4, 2005
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Still here.
Counterfit said:
Is it giving you kernel panics at all? Does the machine recognize all the installed RAM?
Yeah, it sounds like a RAM issue to me. Perhaps a module is not seated properly or is simply bad? Although I thought usually RAM issues in Macs resulted in kernel panics..

By the way, you know it's called Safari, right? :eek:
 

ee99ee

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Yeah, Safari... sorry, I haven't had coffee yet... haha

It's a PowerMac G5. No, no kernel panics just VERY unstable all of the sudden. Yes, it shows all the RAM.
 

ee99ee

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From dmesg, I am getting about 1 of these a second:

"PowerMac11_2_SlewCtrlLoop::setVoltageSlewIndex - slew request timed out"

-Chris
 

ee99ee

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Well, I went into System Preferences and changed the preformance to High. I rebooted, and now things seem a little better. Time will tell...

-Chris
 

NickElls

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May 19, 2005
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Did you recently plug in any new USB devices?

My old iSub kernel panic'd my iMac.
 

xsedrinam

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I didn't see whether you're running Panther or Tiger. If it's 10.4.x, using Disk Utility for repair permissions will also allow you to check your HD to make sure it "verifies".