My first problem with my new iMac - never thought this would happen :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ooz, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Ooz Guest

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    Hi folks - it's been exactly one week today with my refurb (from Apple online) 24" iMac 4GB/640GB stock config.

    I worked hard over the past week to get all my pictures imported from Picasa library (about 45gb), my iTunes imported in (about 60gb), some family videos (about 20gb) and ~420 contacts imported in AddressBook (thru vcards imports).. Got my desktop customized, users configured and all. Most importantly (as you will see below), got my TimeMachine running on a Maxtor 750GB ext harddrive.

    I have been loving the ability to play a slideshow quickly thru iPhoto, with my favorite songs from my iTunes library.

    Yesterday while playing a slideshow, I discovered that I can play/pause the show using the play/pause button on the keyboard. How convinient, I thought, and how well thought off by Apple. So I played with it a few times (play/paused).

    That's when the computer went hei wire :mad:. The slide show started playing multiple music tracks, and I felt like I lost control. I could not stop the show, I could not bring any other app to the front, I could not get to ActivityMonitor to kill the app/process.

    After struggling for about 15 minutes (when iPhoto kept playing the slide show with multiple music tracks), I figured I can use F3/F4 key to bring out Expose, and switched around enough times so I went back to iPhoto (until this time, I wasn't able to do command + tab to switch to anything else). As soon as I was able to go to iPhoto, I did command + q to quit, and things were back to normal (or so I thought).

    Then, I found that my AddressBook was gone from the dock (and was replaced by a "?") :eek:. Looked into finder, and saw that Addressbook.app wasn't even listed there! Gone .. poof!. Finder, Google desktop or spotlight couldn't find AddressBook (it found a folder in my personal folders, where I believe Addressbook keeps the imported vcard data).

    Then, I turned to TimeMachine for help. Located the application, and in about 30 seconds, restored it back to my Apps folder. Confirmed that my Apps folder had the same number of entries as in the last good backup, hence confirming no other app got whacked!

    Now, I am back to normal :p, system functional as normal. Don't know what happened.

    I wonder if I should worry about any other data integrity checks? Just not as familiar with a Mac to know what all I should check.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Just restart your computer if it does weird stuff.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Did you restart it after you moved all your music and pictures? If you didn't, it could be the cause.
     
  4. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't worry too much unless it keeps happening. I had my one and only kernel panic on my iMac about a week after I got it but it's been rock solid ever since. Just restart it and I hope it all goes well.
     
  5. Ooz thread starter Guest

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    Yes, I had restarted after all my imports, multiple times. My imports occurred over 3-4 days, and I must say I am not very used to having a computer go to "sleep" so easily, and hence ended up restarting every time :)
     
  6. Ooz thread starter Guest

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    Thanks. I hope to not see again. Even if I do, I don't think I will dislike Mac at all - it has so much more to offer, I am willing to take on a kernel panic once a month :)
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I was suspicious about sleep too but now I only use sleep. It's perfect. Wakes up in seconds and I can continue my work without opening it again.
     
  8. Ooz thread starter Guest

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    Question here. How do you force a restart of an iMac, when such a kernel panic takes over your screen. When this happend to me, I had pressed and held down the power button in the back-left corner, all what it did is to put the machine to sleep! But once I woke it up, it went back to infinite slide show again.

    So, minus a power button to press and hold, is there a Ctrl - Alt - Del equivalent on a Mac? What would YOU do?
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Hold the power button till it shuts down. Also, cmd + ctrl + eject restarts your Mac. If nothing helps, pull the power cord off.
     
  10. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    Command+Option+Esc open the "force quit" menu. Easiest way to quit unresponsive applications.
     
  11. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    Pushing and holding the power button down until the screen goes off will turn it off (a hard shutdown) Just pushing it and letting go will put it to sleep (or on laptops, bring up a window asking if you want to sleep/restart/shutdown)
     

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