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Old Jan 21st, 2007, 09:48 PM   #1
 
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MBP very unstable. Apps crashing randomly

For some reason my MBP was crashing Firefox randomly, so I reinstalled that, to no avail. I tried Opera, same issue. Just now Software Update crashed and Finder has been crashing as well.

Also VLC crashes.

It's running 10.4.8
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Old Jan 21st, 2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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Run the included Hardware Test to see if it actually finds a problem (it typically won't, but does work well occasionally). Assuming no fault found, reinstall the OS from its original system discs to see if it makes a difference. You also try creating a new user account and reviewing whether or not the same symptoms appear in different user accounts (one way to diagnosis or rule out corrupted/damaged user accounts).
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Run the included Hardware Test to see if it actually finds a problem (it typically won't, but does work well occasionally)
I can't seem to find this.....

Nevermind, found out its on the first disk.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 12:57 AM   #4
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For some reason my MBP was crashing Firefox randomly, so I reinstalled that, to no avail. I tried Opera, same issue. Just now Software Update crashed and Finder has been crashing as well.

Also VLC crashes.

It's running 10.4.8
Welcome to the world of Intel baby!!! LOL. it's not your fault. it's the software. Many people including myself experience the same issues. VLC is the worst for me. everytime i run it it freezes. i usually have to open it, force quit and it's good for the second launch.

firfox fails far less often, but it does happen.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 01:00 AM   #5
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I'm not so sure this has anything to do with the Intel chips... I don't experience this kind of crashing with my MBP.

The only time VLC crashes for me is when I try to play a video from a flash drive.. but I think that's just the crappy speed of the flash drive messing it up... otherwise, the latest UB version of VLC works great. I don't use Firefox, so I can't comment on that.

With software update and the finder crashing, I'd say it's time to reinstall your OS and see if that helps. If not, there might be a hardware problem.
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VLC seems to have become much less reliable in recent updates; both the Intel and the PPC versions. It will quit randomly on me when watching AVI video files of any kind. Some clips go without issue; others will make the application quit, forcing a restart of VLC, at which point it will finish playing the clip without further interruption. A minor issue, but an annoying one nonetheless.
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Well just from observations and personal use, i find intel chips to be highly unreliable with vlc. both my friend and i each own an intel machine and a ppc machine. we have experienced the same issues on the same type of machines. both of our macbook pros have the vlc error. He experiences it far less than me. I ahve also had the second revision of the logic board installed. but we both get it pretty regularily. on our ppc machines, no issues.
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I still have crashes but fewer since I upgraded RAM to 2 Gigs. I hope 10.5 will fix many of the 'bizarre' characteristics of handling an Intel. Some include screen colour balance changing (and freezing) when you switch accounts; sleep via lid closing stopping working at random between reboots; restart blue screens (NOT fixed by the Apple update), etc.

I have pretty much given up on VLC but happily use Flip 4 Mac for 99% of files (nothing plays WMP10 anyway)
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I ran the hardware test and no issues came up. I'm testing out a different account now. I don't want to reinstal the OS but I will if it comes to that.
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FWIW,

I've been running an Intel iMac since last February. None of the issues mentioned above. Albeit, I don't use VLC. VLC I can see issues with.. because it's open source and constantly being debugged. I'd recommend downloading the nightly builds.

I'm also running an Intel Mini as of December, no issues here yet either.
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