I just wanted to start a thread to let everyone know what might be helpful in instances where they need help. For many of us who like to help, there are a few things which will help us get to a resolution for your problems.
Try to include as much as possible from this list, it will make the troubleshooting go a lot faster, and you'll be on your way to using your machine again.
1) Please tell us which computer you are using. (ie: 14" G4 iBook 1.33 Ghz)
2) Which Operating System are you currently running? Including version. (ie: 10.4.9)
3) How much RAM do you have?
4) Do you have any 3rd party Peripherals? (ie: Mouse, HD's, etc)
5) Have you installed any 3rd party internal components lately? (ie: RAM, Burners, HD's, etc)
6) How much free space is left on your Boot Drive?
7) Can you provide a screenshot of the issue?
8) Tell us what you have tried already. (Permissions Repair, Disk Utility, Disk Warrior?)
9) Try and describe the instance leading to the event. Sometimes, things happen for no reason.. however, it's helpful if you post what you were doing at the time.
All of these steps will help others who want to help you with your situation get an idea of what the problem might be, even before doing any searching. The idea is to provide as much information as possible about the situation and the machine it's occurring on. Just keep in mind, something like the following isn't a good post!
"Ahhh...iTunes.. NOOOO! Help!"
Honestly, we have no idea what your situation might be.
Help us, Help you.
edit: Edited to add additional corrections and include some suggestions.
Please put as much info as possible in the subject line! This will raise the likelihood of the right people reading your question.
"Help!" is so uninformative, many will just skip it.
"iTunes question" is a little better, but still vague.
"iTunes 5.0 crashing on iMac G5" is a good level of detail, but there might be room for even more.
Also, it often pays to search the Troubleshooting forum before starting a new thread. If you're dealing with very new technology (or the latest version of something), you can use the advanced search to filter out older posts.
Some examples of additional details that could be helpful
- The laptop was running on battery power
- I was in a sauna
- The following peripherals were plugged into the USB hub: scanner, etc
- My laptop's screen was closed, I was using an external VGA monitor
- I can make this problem happen again if I ...
- Here are the logs from my /Applications/Utilities/Console program:
- I'm using a DLINK 802.11g basestation, a 2.4 GHz cordless phone, which may be sources of interference
- I tried turning off all these extra things, and the problem still happens
- My friend has the same program or device, but uses a different version of Mac OS X, and she has no problems
- The last time I ran this program was last Friday. Since then I did the following things on the computer ...
- The hard drive sounds like it is accessing ...
- I think I smell something like ...
- Let me tell you about my level of experience with computers and/or Macs, so you know better how to communicate with me.
- I have the following other tools in my house that may help - a digital camera to take pictures and post, another computer that I could put the hard drive into ...
- the following other devices are on my home network: a Windows XP PC with various software modifications, a wireless printer, my PocketPC, a Google Mini...
To take a picture of the whole screen, press Command-Shift-3.
To take a picture of part of the screen, press Command-Shift-4, then drag to select the area you want in the picture.
To take a picture of a window, the menu bar, the Dock, or other area, press Command-Shift-4, then press the Space bar. Move the pointer over the area you want so that it's highlighted, then click. If you decide you want to drag to select the area, press the Space bar again.
If you press Command-Shift-4 and decide you don't want to take the screen shot, press the Escape key.
Screen shots are saved as files on the desktop. If you want to put the screen shot in the Clipboard, rather than create a file, hold down the Control key when you press the other keys. You can then paste the picture into a document.
Taken verbatim from the Mac Help Viewer for Tiger. You can also use the program called Grab or if you're terminal savvy there is a command screencapture that works too.