Powerbook (GASP) crashing!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dontmatter, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. dontmatter macrumors 6502a

    My mac is being very windows like, and I'm getting quite frustrated. After 8 months of a perfectly cleanly running system (except once when I tried to run themes through themechanger on 10.3 but I was using the 10.2.8 version, as 10.3 was brand new), my computer has crashed on me 3 times in the last week. And it NEVER crashed before this. I have no idea what is causing it-I haven't done anything big with software in a long time, I've been doing the exact same stuff and treating my computer the same as I did for 8 months before hand, and I can see no indicitive patterns whatsoever. Can anybody tell me what to watch for that might be causing this, so I might be able to fix it? Thank you so much.

    Other possibly relevant information:

    Viruses have been flying around campus like mad. But....I haven't heard of any non-windows viruses.

    The first time, I had probably 15 applications open at one, and was weighing quite heavily on my system. the other times, I had several things open at once, but not that much, and I usually never worry about that.

    A friend said it might be corrupted files if I hadn't restarted in a while, and I almost NEVER restart...but I have been lately, and did so right before the first crash.

    here's how it happened, each time. I was going along, minding my buisness, and the music I was playing in itunes would stop. I could move the mouse, but not click on anything, and force quitting, etc. didn't work. After a while, another second or two of music would play, and then stop again, so I thought it was maybe just really backed up. But, eventually the mouse wouldn't move, and then I'd reboot. itunes was always open, and I was always playing music, but that is pretty much the case if I'm anywhere near my computer anyway. And, I think I might've been in Safari each time it crashed, but I only noticed that the last time, and again, I spend a lot of time procrastinating online.

    Any help? I'm starting to stop bragging about my computer's kickassness to windows users, and it's painful....please help me get mine back to it's usual rock solid, left on for months and constantly abused state. I also think I might have the AIM worm that's been going around campus, as iChat is being extremely weird and buggy, and that's not helping my cause.
  2. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    Its extremely unlikely that you have the AIM virus thats going around as its a windows executable to my knowledge. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt & not call you a troll with your other complaints as you have 22 posts. Try repairing permissions. That always helps.

    [edit: saying a Mac is acting Windows like is a good sign of a troll btw so you probably shouldn't say that on a Mac forum that you have less then 200 good posts ;-)]
  3. jptrott macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2004

    Probably nothing more then some permissions that need to be fixed.

    Run disk utility and Repair Permissions

    also try Onyx
    its a free Utility that i live by. Its saved me on many occasions.
    click on the automate tag and run all.
  4. amnesiac1984 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2002
    i think you are being a little pedantic about this guy, and any way your still a newbie too right? ;)

    yeah, do try repairing permissions though as a start.
  5. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    sudo rm -rf / is the answer to all of your problems baby :D


    Try a reinstall. They work miracles.
  6. dontmatter thread starter macrumors 6502a

    repaired permissions, downloaded onyx, but haven't gotten around to looking at it, and it crashed again today. I'll try a clean install, only that I left the discs at home :(

    Thanks for the advice, all.

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