MY POWERBOOK FROZE!@

ssj300

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Jun 14, 2005
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i though macs dunt freeze

i was playing warcraft iii reign of chaos
with a powerbook
1.67jizzlehurts g4
1gig ram
ati9700 128mb

someone tell me why it froze.
 

WinterMute

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Jan 19, 2003
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All computers freeze or crash at some point, even macs, the difference is that Macs can lose an App and carry on and they don't crash anywhere near as often as your standard Windoze PC.

It could have been a number of things, have you repaired your permissions etc. lately?

it's no biggie unless it happens a lot, in which case you may have hardware problems.

My 17" PowerBook was a complete lemon when it first arrived, you couldn't move it without it crashing, Apple replaced the machine and this one is still running strong nearly 2 years later.

Yes, it has frozen occasionally, but only when I've been doing silly things like rendering video and answering email at the same time.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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Macs freeze, too... :rolleyes:

Apps freeze/crash every now and then, but just very rarely will they bring the system down with them. Most often you can "just" kill (force quit) the frozen app (even Finder if that hangs) and your Mac will run happily on. But sometimes the System freezes up, too and you need to do a hard restart (hold power button in for 4-5 seconds to shutdown or in extreme cases pull the power cord (and battery if you have a 'Book)).

Even rarer are Kernel Panics (where the screen dims down and a multilingual message tells you to restart your Mac). They can be caused by faulty software, but repeated Kernel Panics most likely are sign of hardware error, and you should, immediately, backup all your data and get it serviced. I've had one Kernel Panic with my 19 month old iBook, more than a year ago, probably caused by BitTorrent (which also was to blame last time it froze), Bits on Wheels does not freeze my system... ;) I also had a few on my old Pismo, probably caused by a faulty 3rd party HD, that I finally got replaced.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Opt-cmd-escape to bring up a Force Quit Application-window.

Or just right-click (ctrl-click) the frozen apps dock icon and choose Force Quit (which is easier but does not always work).
 

WinterMute

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ssj300 said:
how do you go to desktop if ur playing a game?
Depends on the game, but generally I play in full screen. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but Halo ran well enough on the PowerBook, and I have a PS2 and mates with x-boxes if I want to get serious.

I don't play Warcraft, but I've got 1942, Ghost Recon, Myst VI and Biablo 2 installed at the moment, you never know what you'll fancy.

Sorry misunderstood your post, play in a window as suggested above, or simply quit the game and go to the desktop.
 

mduser63

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
Opt-cmd-escape to bring up a Force Quit Application-window.

Or just right-click (ctrl-click) the frozen apps dock icon and choose Force Quit (which is easier but does not always work).
If you hold option while right-clicking (or ctrl-clicking) on the Dock icon, the Quit option will change to Force Quit not matter if the OS thinks the app is frozen or not. That works about 99%+ of the time for me.
 

generik

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Aug 5, 2005
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Is that stick of memory "good"?

The only time my PB ever froze in the 1 month I own it was when I put in not-so-compatible memory modules.