Macbook crashes at random; not the RAM(?)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by danray, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. danray macrumors newbie

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    I have a black Macbook bought new in July, 2007. For the past month or so, it's been hanging a few times a week — the beach ball of death comes up, and I have to reboot using the power switch. Crash reporter doesn't pop up, and when I've checked the logs, I haven't seen any common thread (no pun intended) tying the crashes together.

    Sounds like a RAM problem, right? That was my first guess, and I have been using aftermarket RAM for about eighteen months now. But I ran memtest for a few days (in single-user mode) and never found an error. Is this conclusive proof? If not, where should I turn next?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Is Safari or FireFox running when it happens?
     
  3. danray thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't say for sure, but I suspect Firefox is — I have it running (3.5.2) 99% of the computer is on.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Those unrecoverable beachball of death crashes with no reporting have always been caused by Flash taking the system down for me.
     
  5. danray thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I take it you don't know of a fix for this?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Update Flash and try to figure out what web site does it.
     
  7. danray thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've updated Flash; hoping for the best. Thanks!
     

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