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    Oct 12, 2011
    getting a black screen of death
    I randomly get this "black screen of death" (similar to the Windows blue screen of death).

    This started happenning when using Parallels Desktops (note: I used it for a long time w/o any problems), it was up to recently that I strted getting it. At first it was just randomly while using Parallels (running windows), then everytime as soon as I clicked the "launch" button to load windows, to the point where I couldn't access Windows because of it.

    I switched to VMWare, everything fine but now I get the same black screen randomly.

    The black screen happens mainly when using a VM, now its happening when I have lots of apps running and I use expose (not running a VM).

    My solutions are as follow: clearing cache (like in Windows with CCleaner), and disk defrag but since I'm not a Mac 'geek' I want to know a good app to do a similar task as CCleaner (Windows app) and how to defrag my disk.

    Also any other recommendations/opinions/solutions/etc from knowledgeable Mac users before opting for a clean OSX install or even an upgrade to Lion.

    BTW, I have Snow Leopard...


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    Member Since
    Oct 12, 2011
    So by reading some of the other posts, I came across Titanium's Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper... arte they any good?

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    Onyx for Lion is highly recommended here.
    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!

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    Oct 12, 2011
    Thanks.... any other input on this? Maybe someone has experienced something similar?

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    Oct 25, 2011
    I have the same problem (black screen of death).

    No VM here... Mine does it when I use many applications. But again, it is random... Sometimes I use many applications and it does not do it. I have run the diagnostics and it does not find anything wrong...

    I have a mac book pro, 2010 edition, 15 inch.

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