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Has anyone tried the following:
In the AppleCare Knowledge Base document "iTunes: Troubleshooting iTunes Store on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod"…
…Under the heading "Specific Conditions and Alert Message"…
…The item: "iTunes Store loads partially or returns 'Error 306' or 'Error 10054'"
The item implies Apple is investigating this issue and offers the following advice (shortened here for brevity, see full article for details):
• Remove Internet Proxy settings and connect directly to the Internet. While the article does not provide specific instructions, proxies are set in System Preferences > Network (Network preferences); click Advanced; click the Proxies tab to access any proxy settings for your current connection.
• Reset (Empty) Safari Cache:
1. Quit iTunes
2. Open Safari
3. Choose Safari > Empty Cache
4. Click Empty.
5. Quit Safari.
6. Open iTunes and see if the problem is resolved.
• Remove any restrictions set in iTunes Parental Controls (iTunes > Preferences > Parental Controls tab).
If the Empty Safari Cache advice works, I suspect the problem may recur periodically if the cache again becomes corrupted; repeating those steps may again provide relief until a real fix is distributed.
Unfortunately, none of those steps solve the problem. Especially in light of the fact that I, and I suspect many others, are not using proxy settings.
This is a consistent and repeatable problem that is solved by hooking up a monitor to the affected computer and restarting. Once a monitor is attached it doesn't matter if you access the computer locally or through Screen Sharing, the iTunes Store will load properly every time.
Unfortunately this is a problem in iTunes 9.2.x that can only be solved by Apple with an update. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for one to come out.
This is a …problem that is solved by hooking up a monitor to the affected computer and restarting. Once a monitor is attached it doesn't matter if you access the computer locally or through Screen Sharing, the iTunes Store will load properly every time.
Unfortunately, this problem does not only occur to folks running headless media servers, as some other posts in this topic indicate. Adding a monitor to your headless media server may solve the problem for you, but there are other folks experiencing this problem while simply using their Mac desktops with displays attached or their portables with integrated displays.
I was alerted to this problem by a client who contacted me with a similar crash log to your own. He's running Leopard (10.5.8) on a Mac desktop with monitor attached and has seen this problem with both iTunes 9.2 and 9.2.1. Uninstalling, then reinstalling iTunes did not work. I encountered this topic while researching the client's problem.
Unfortunately, as in your case, his crash log doesn't offer any clues that point to something easily solved, e.g. some anomaly caused by a third-party product. The crash logs show that iTunes is performing an invalid memory reference (denoted by SIGSEGV as the Exception Type in the crash log), leading to iTunes crashing (quitting unexpectedly).
While the advice I noted above may not help you, it may help others. I'm waiting to hear back from my client to determine if any of the steps suggested in that KB article worked. I agree that this looks like an iTunes bug that may be fixed in a subsequent update; the KB article I cited above implies Apple is aware of it:
• The cited item states "Apple is investigating reports of this issue."
• The article ends with the statement "This document will be updated as more information becomes available," which usually indicates Apple suspects a bug with one or more of the issues cited in the article.
I also wanted to point out that KB article to others since no one had mentioned it on this topic. The article is a bit difficult to find by searching the KB.
He said that he ran both Repair Disk and Repair Disk Permissions from his Leopard install DVD prior to contacting me. He's a reader of my Troubleshooting Mac® OS X e-books and says he followed all of the standard troubleshooting advice before contacting me out of desperation. I'd not heard of the problem and can't reproduce it.
Taking an educated guess based on reading the thread that crashed in the crash log, I suspect iTunes is trying to draw or render something that it thinks it has downloaded (content from the iTunes store), but because of some bug, that content isn't where it's supposed to be in memory or is listed at an invalid memory address, hence the crash. The KB article's suggestions re: proxies (potentially blocked content). corrupted Safari cache (problems with downloaded content, where its stored, etc.), or parental controls (potentially more blocked content) are interesting in that context.
If I hear something back from the client, I'll post it.
I heard back from my client. He is not using any proxies or any ad-blocking software that employs a proxy scheme. Unfortunately, emptying the Safari cache and disabling all settings in iTunes Parental Controls did not solve his problem, though it might work for others.
One thing potentially unique to his situation is that his iTunes library is nearing 1 TB of content, including many purchases from the iTunes store. His iTunes library is on a 1 TB external drive that is nearly full (about 90 GB free). This has me wondering if other folks seeing this problem have vast iTunes libraries like his.
He's scheduled an appointment at the Genius Bar, so we'll see if anything further develops.
Gino Cerullo wrote:
If his problem has anything to do with his large iTunes library, that should be easy to troubleshoot. Just disconnect the drive holding the library.
A better approach would be to try creating a new iTunes library. I've suggested that.
I had the exact same problem with my G4 Sawtooth although you say that you're using a G5. Read what I wrote earlier about it. It was a video card issue although being a G5 I wouldn't think it'd be an issue.
Thanks Razorbeam Grrl, I read through your post. My G5 computer has an ATI Radeon 9600 XT video (128 MB RAM) card so my problem isn't exactly like yours.
Yes, un-installing iTunes 9.2.x and re-installing iTunes 9.1.1 will solve the problem. Also, in my case, attaching a monitor solves the problem. Unfortunately the real fix is for Apple to properly test iTunes with all configurations of Mac hardware it still claims to support with iTunes 9.2.x.