Retina MacBook Pro - 4 crashes tonight. WindowServer process

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by psynnott, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. psynnott macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2012
    I had this post all typed out and had YET ANOTHER crash.
    Within Console I see 4 WindowServer crashes, relating to:

    Process: WindowServer [5169]
    Path: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Versions/A/Resources/WindowServer
    Identifier: WindowServer
    Version: ??? (???)
    Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
    Parent Process: launchd [1]

    Date/Time: 2012-07-06 17:44:31.368 +0100
    OS Version: Mac OS X 10.7.4 (11E2620)
    Report Version: 9
    Sleep/Wake UUID: 1B48B223-A845-4CF6-BEB4-94A932B9907D

    Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

    Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
    Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00007fd800000002

    VM Regions Near 0x7fd800000002:
    __LINKEDIT 0000000200e61000-0000000200eb7000 [ 344K] r--/rwx SM=COW /System/Library/Extensions/GeForceGLDriver.bundle/Contents/MacOS/GeForceGLDriver
    MALLOC_TINY 00007fd8cbc00000-00007fd8cbd00000 [ 1024K] rw-/rwx SM=COW

    After googling this, there are others complaining about this too. So, I decided to call Apple and they said this is a MS Windows related problem ?!!!? I said I'm in MacOSX and this is definitely not a windows problem. She said have I installed anything like Parallels and I said yes I did but I uninstalled it. She said that uninstalling it doesn't remove everything and I should call them about it.

    I think this is utter rubbish - surely WindowServer is a built in process? I could be completely wrong though (I'm new to Mac).

    Help me out here please :)
  2. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    The messages seem to indicate something with the GeForce driver.

    Try this:
    Install gfxCardStatus and set it to use integrated graphics only. Use it for a while -- replicate what you were doing before when it crashed. See if it crashes again. If not, it is either the DGPU (Nvidia) or the Nvidia driver.
  3. psynnott thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2012
    Thanks, I'll give it a go.
  4. mattkidd macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2008
    United Kingdom England Northants
    This has nothing to do with Microsoft Windows. You need to speak to someone with a higher level of understanding.

    The window server is responsible for actual windows and screens on the machine.

  5. psynnott thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2012
    Well, it kept crashing so I upgraded to ML DP4 and everything is working fine now for over 7 hours.

    Edit: A reinstall of Lion did nothing to help.

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