What Causes your iMac to Freeze?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Italchef, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    The first 2 weeks that I had my new iMac I had a few freezes. I had been fooling around in Front Row and using iPhoto at the time. I wasn't really aware that there was an issue at that point, but now that I am I'd like to know if my iMac is a victim or not. What happens on your iMac that makes it freeze? Sometimes in the finder if I highlight a vid file(could be .wmv or a .avi file) I'll get the beachball, but is that a "hang" as opposed to a "freeze"? If I re-launch the finder it fixes the problem. I have 4GB RAM installed and at times the system appears slightly sluggish and I don't think I'm running all that much.
    I'd like to know if I have a problem before my grace period runs out. I hope you can decipher what I'm trying to ask. :)

    Thanks as always,

    Mick
     
  2. gvg45 macrumors member

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    Leopard makes my iMac freeze randomly and often. The one thing that was pretty consistent to make it freeze was to try to put it to sleep. I would say 5-10 times it would freeze. That and when I tried to wake it up. I was lucky to get a few hours of uptime before having to reboot.

    I have re-installed Tiger and my uptime since reloading is at 5 days, 20 hrs, 13 mins (iStat).


    I have heard others stating that running your mouse pointer across your dock back and forth several times real fast would cause freezing, however I have not had that problem.
     
  3. Bolteh macrumors regular

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    What you're describing is just hanging. Freezing = you have to shut down your computer by holding the power button for 5 seconds.
     
  4. Italchef thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's what I thought but I did have a few freezes during the first week or two. Is hanging something that could be related to this? 4GB RAM that passes all tests should be enough to prevent hangs, yes?
     

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