New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Mac Pro Freezing


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
aggie97

 
Member Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 74
aggie97 will become famous soon enough

aggie97 is offline
I have a Mac Pro with a Intel Xeon processor and 16 GB of memory. I am running the most recent version of Snow Leopard. I have one hard drive with a bootcamp partition so that I can run windows xp for certain applications. Lately I have been having a problem with my mac freezing. It hasn't frozen on me while I am working on something, but mainly when it is sitting ideal or in sleep mode. The only way to do anything is if i do a hard reboot and shut down the system by pressing the power button. I have ran a disk utility, as well as, defraged the hard drive. I don't know if it is my hard drive, but if it is I would like to replace it while it is still functioning. Does anyone have any suggestions or know what the problem might be. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,705
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Whenever someone is having issues of this sort I ask:

- How full is your hard drive (what size is the HD, and how much free/unused space)?
- When was the last time you repaired "permissions" (Disk Utility)?
- How often do you restart your computer versus putting it to sleep every night?
- Open "Activity Monitor" (Utilities folder)...and see if any programs are running that don't look familiar.

It certainly could be your hard drive...but I like to troubleshoot other things first before declaring "replace your HD".

HTH,

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
aggie97

 
Member Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 74
aggie97 will become famous soon enough

aggie97 is offline
Here are my HD stats:

Main - 647.33 GB capacity with 380.59 GB used.
Bootcamp - 102.48 GB capacity with 14.11 used.

I ran the disk utility this morning, as well as, disk defrag using drive genius 2.

I don't restart my computer very ofter. Most nights I put it to sleep versus shutting it down. The only time I really shut it down is when there is a lightning storm, I will be gone for several days, or when I have to reboot because it froze.

I looked at the Activity Monitor and don't see anything unusual.

Does this help? Thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,705
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by aggie97 View Post
Here are my HD stats:

Main - 647.33 GB capacity with 380.59 GB used.
Bootcamp - 102.48 GB capacity with 14.11 used.

I ran the disk utility this morning, as well as, disk defrag using drive genius 2.

I don't restart my computer very ofter. Most nights I put it to sleep versus shutting it down. The only time I really shut it down is when there is a lightning storm, I will be gone for several days, or when I have to reboot because it froze.

I looked at the Activity Monitor and don't see anything unusual.

Does this help? Thanks.
Most of that looks & sounds pretty good. If you reboot/restart the computer...does this seem to help with the freezing. Basically does the freezing happen more often after the computer has been running for hours & hours...or could it happen 5 minutes after rebooting?

You said something about running "Disk Utility"...but you didn't specifically say that you repaired "permissions" (yes/no)?

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
aggie97

 
Member Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 74
aggie97 will become famous soon enough

aggie97 is offline
When running disk utility I verified the disk and ran a repair. It said there was nothing wrong with the disk.

I have tried to determine if there is a common denominator regarding when the computer freezes. I really have been able to find anything. It can do it at anytime. However, it seems to do it when I have windows xp running via bootcamp. That could just be my biased attitude toward windows making me think it is the problem.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,705
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by aggie97 View Post
When running disk utility I verified the disk and ran a repair. It said there was nothing wrong with the disk.

I have tried to determine if there is a common denominator regarding when the computer freezes. I really have been able to find anything. It can do it at anytime. However, it seems to do it when I have windows xp running via bootcamp. That could just be my biased attitude toward windows making me think it is the problem.
Since you have a Mac Pro...we have some options normally not available to laptops or iMacs. I think that all Mac Pros can have 4 internal hard drives. It sounds like you have one HD currently...so here's what you could do:

- purchase a new hard drive ($40-$60)
- install it (very easy in a Mac Pro)
- install the OS onto the new HD
- restart the computer booting from the new HD

If your computer is stable (no freezes)...then it's probably the original hard drive. This idea assumes that purchasing the new HD is not an issue.

HTH,

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,705
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by aggie97 View Post
When running disk utility I verified the disk and ran a repair. It said there was nothing wrong with the disk.
Just to be 100% clear. With Disk Utility you can do two things:

1. Verify and/or repair the "Disk"
2. Verify and/or repair "Disk Permissions"

So it's still not clear to me that you repaired "Disk Permissions"...since you only said that you...ran "disk utility I verified the disk and ran a repair."

If this is confusing...Open Disk Utility...and you will see what I mean.

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
aggie97

 
Member Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 74
aggie97 will become famous soon enough

aggie97 is offline
Hey, I appreciate you talking through this with me. That is a simple solution that I probably should have come up with on my own. However, I like to run things by everyone on the boards to make sure I am thinking along the right lines. After all, I am a finance guy, not a computer tech. Thanks again.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,705
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by aggie97 View Post
Hey, I appreciate you talking through this with me. That is a simple solution that I probably should have come up with on my own. However, I like to run things by everyone on the boards to make sure I am thinking along the right lines. After all, I am a finance guy, not a computer tech. Thanks again.
If in the end you find out that it's really not the original hard drive...you can use the 2nd drive as a back-up drive using "Time Machine" or any other back-up program.

And hey...if you're a "finance guy"...you're making the "big bucks"...and unless you have an expensive "stable" of girl-friends...you should have no problem affording that 2nd HD! Ha ha.

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
Slydude

 
Slydude's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 15, 2009
Location: North Louisiana, USA
Posts: 6,101
Slydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.8,3 8 GB mem, 2.66 GHz Mac Pro - Dead, iPhone 4

Slydude is offline
I had a similar problem with my G5 on two different occasions. Both times diagnosing the problem took quite some time because the machine would run for extended periods of time with no issues.

The first time the issue turned out to be a stick of failing memory. Although the machine passed the memory tests portion of the Apple Hardware test it failed almost immediately using an earlier version of MemTest for Mac OS X Tests your RAM. I haven't had to run this tool for some time though.

The other issue arose when the machine had difficulty booting. once booted the machine would perform fine. This went on for months until finally the machine would not wake from sleep. In that case a kernel extension may have been the culprit. The problem went away when I did a clean install of Leopard.

Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

"Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 16,849
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4

harryb2448 is online now
And as Sly suggests, run Apple Hardware Test by inserting disc one, rebooting and holding down 'D' after the chimes and run the extended test. It takes a while so go enjoy a coffee or a walk in the park.

AHT covers logic board, CPU's, memory (not as thorough as MemTest), graphics etc.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Added blu-ray now DVD not ejecting | Mac Mini (2006, YM2610) replace drive »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
planning to buy my mac pro this week or am i being stupid artoficial Switcher Hangout 15 04-06-2010 12:09 PM
iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Book pro; for iPhone development BillyA Apple Notebooks 2 09-18-2009 05:23 PM
Need some help deciding imac or mac pro JM Photography Switcher Hangout 4 12-15-2008 06:20 AM
Question about 2nd video card on Mac Pro AubreyL Apple Desktops 2 11-09-2008 08:12 AM
My unbiased review after 5 months of my Mac Pro Z4MC Switcher Hangout 17 10-31-2008 08:48 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?