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Applications crash all the time

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Nov 17, 2012 10:21 PM



Applications like Safary, FireFox, and Photoshop crash all the time after some 10-15 minutes of use. First I thought it was just an issue with my internet browsers but since I've been using PS for the last days it's been happening a lot. I have a feelling it's with all the applications used for long periods of time. My system is a 15" PowerBook G4 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 with 1.5 GB running Mac OS X 10.4.11. I'd really appreciate any input on this.


Thank you.

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4, 1.33Ghz PowerPC, 15.1' Screen
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 3:17 AM (in response to dagsct21)

    You need lots of RAM and free hard drive space to run those applications on an old G4.


    How much of each do you have?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 4:39 AM (in response to dagsct21)

    You probably need to clean out some cache files.


    Your browser crash may be a different issue. Post the full crash report next time it happens:


    Go to your Applications Folder and open your Utilities Folder. Open the application Console.


    In the left-hand column, click on Crash Reporter.


    Click on the small triangle under Crash Reporter in the l/h column and they will all be listed.


    Scroll down to the latest Safari report and click on it.


    Now click on the r/h column (which now only shows THAT crash report and then Command-a to copy it all.


    Come back here and Command-v it to post it here!

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to dagsct21)

    RE; Would a fresh install of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.6 or so) maybe give me a more stable system?


    It could but until you try there is no easy way to know. I have a G4 Powerbook with 10.5.8 which is very reliable. If you have access to a retail 10.5.x installation disk I would try it rather than buying one as they are expensive.

    See these links for examples.




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