[MPA] system crash

Luke Snarl luke at snarl.org
Thu Feb 12 01:38:51 PST 2004

sounds to me like faulty RAM

did you add more RAM to the iMac around when these problems started?

how long did you have the machine for when it was working fine?


On Thursday, February 12, 2004, at 07:59 PM, Tom Dempsey wrote:

> I have been experiencing frequent system crashes over the past two 
> weeks.
> -G4iMac 1 Ghz 768RAM -  Mac os 10.3.2
> I think, but I'm not sure, that the crashes started when I was using 
> Digital Performer 4.12 but now every application crashes eventually.  
> I installed DP4 at the beginning of January and things were fine for 3 
> weeks.
> I have run Disk Utilities from the installer disk but it usually 
> crashes during repair permissions.
> I have run Cocktail to repair permissions and that usually crashes.
> I have dumped my cache files.
> I have logged in as a different entity but the system crashes 
> eventually.
> Crash formats have been:
> Application unexpectedly quit
> Gray veil with restart method
> Freezing with a spinning rainbow ball
> Freezing with white text on black - says "error: unaligned stack"
> These can happen at anytime and within any program - though it seems 
> that DP4 and iPhoto are the least stable.
> My work in DP4 has only been short MIDI sequences - under two minutes 
> and less than six MIDI tracks, nothing fancy.. Usually these files are 
> in the  100K - 500K size. However, one six track MIDI file is 2.1MB. 
> Is this file size and anomaly and if so could it be the reason for the 
> crashes?
> I have discussed this recently on a Mac OSX list but until now none of 
> the suggestions offered have helped.
> Thanks
> Tom in Skopelos Greece
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