[MPA] system crash

Jay Shaffer jshaf at jayshaffer.com
Thu Feb 12 07:23:11 PST 2004

Do a single user boot (hold command S on start-up) at the system prompt 
enter "fsck -f"  this will force a file system clean up. you may have 
to repeat till you get a  " The volume appears to be OK" message then 
type "reboot" to restart your machine. If this doesn't work try moving 
all of the files out of your  user>your account>preferences folder into 
a another folder and reboot. then begin the laborious process of of 
swapping in an old preference file one at time until you find the 
Good luck
Jay "CLI, It's the future" Shaffer
Mac Audio Guy
mag at macaudioguy.com

On Feb 12, 2004, at 1:59 AM, 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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