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Question: Lion randomly crashes - black screen

Lion crashes ever now and thenand stays on a black screen. Its totally unresponsive, all I can do is force shut down but I've done this about 4 times already today any idea what's going on, or how to fix?


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Jul 20, 2011 3:29 PM in response to whetty101 In response to whetty101

This is happening to me too - using a 2010 MacbookPro - pretty annoying.

I do not think it is happening because of any particular application - it just happened to me a minute ago with nothing but the Finder running.

I hope this is a known issue and Apple has a quick fix for it.

Jul 20, 2011 3:29 PM

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Jul 21, 2011 7:49 AM in response to whetty101 In response to whetty101

I have been getting the same thing. I just updated last night. The system will be running fine, then suddenly the screen will go black and nothing will respond. The only way to restart is to do a hard restart. I have no idea how to fix this problem.

Macbook Pro - 15" 2.66GHz intel core i7 4GB memory

Jul 21, 2011 7:49 AM

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Jul 21, 2011 9:55 AM in response to whetty101 In response to whetty101

I'm having the same issue. Upgraded yesterday morning and had 3 crashes throughout the day. Twice while using Mail and once while just clicking on the menu bar. Really, really obnoxious.

MBP 2010 Core i7 8GB RAM


The guys over at MacForums seem to think it's related to the NVIDIA drivers and some are reporting that using gfxCardStatus to force integrated only keeps it from crashing. Check out the original thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1182104&page=2

Jul 21, 2011 9:55 AM

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Jul 21, 2011 10:43 AM in response to whetty101 In response to whetty101

Same issue here, same machine (2010 15" MBP i7). I'd get random crashes in the graphics driver (panics), though I can reproduce it 100% of the time when launching one app in particular. Other (random) triggers have been previewing a text file with Quick Look and downloading an app from the App Store.

I also got them after waking from (overnight) sleep; from then on I couldn't even log in without a panic. Zapping the PRAM eventually let me log in.

Using gfxCardStatus to force the use of integrated graphics has worked for me so far - the aforementioned app now runs just fine. Hopefully this setting persists while waking from sleep ...

I'll be submitting this to Apple's bug reporting system; hopefully we can get a driver update soon.

Jul 21, 2011 10:43 AM

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Jul 21, 2011 1:45 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Macjack, I was wondering if you could tell me what this report is indicating is the problem.

I installed gfxCardStatus and it still seems to keep crashing. any help would be great.

Interval Since Last Panic Report: 32958 sec

Panics Since Last Report: 5

Anonymous UUID: B8299618-9D07-4BFB-971F-1396477CEEDF

Thu Jul 21 16:38:30 2011

panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff7f809122bf): NVRM[0/1:0:0]: Read Error 0x00000100: CFG 0xffffffff 0xffffffff 0xffffffff, BAR0 0xc0000000 0xffffff809fd9d000 0x0a5480a2, D0, P3/4

Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address

0xffffff80a31432b0 : 0xffffff8000220702

0xffffff80a3143330 : 0xffffff7f809122bf

0xffffff80a31433c0 : 0xffffff7f80a023fc

0xffffff80a3143410 : 0xffffff7f80a024bc

0xffffff80a3143470 : 0xffffff7f80cac749

0xffffff80a31435b0 : 0xffffff7f80a21519

0xffffff80a31435e0 : 0xffffff7f8091bc4a

0xffffff80a3143690 : 0xffffff7f8091754c

0xffffff80a3143880 : 0xffffff7f80919151

0xffffff80a3143960 : 0xffffff7f81788008

0xffffff80a31439a0 : 0xffffff7f81796e06

0xffffff80a31439c0 : 0xffffff7f817b26d4

0xffffff80a3143a00 : 0xffffff7f817b2739

0xffffff80a3143a40 : 0xffffff7f8179ac51

0xffffff80a3143a90 : 0xffffff7f81752753

0xffffff80a3143b10 : 0xffffff7f817511c4

0xffffff80a3143b40 : 0xffffff7f81756bfd

0xffffff80a3143b70 : 0xffffff80006524ad

0xffffff80a3143be0 : 0xffffff800065284c

0xffffff80a3143c40 : 0xffffff8000652ff0

0xffffff80a3143d80 : 0xffffff80002a3738

0xffffff80a3143e80 : 0xffffff8000222ff6

0xffffff80a3143eb0 : 0xffffff8000214829

0xffffff80a3143f10 : 0xffffff800021bb58

0xffffff80a3143f70 : 0xffffff80002ae380

0xffffff80a3143fb0 : 0xffffff80002d83a3

Kernel Extensions in backtrace:

com.apple.NVDAResman(7.0.2)[7E65ECA2-D3A1-35F8-B845-C975FB531E7E]@0xffffff7f808 b2000->0xffffff7f80b88fff

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.6.5)[95ABB490-3AB5-3D5E-9C21-67089A9AE6A1]@0xffff ff7f8083e000

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport(2.3)[E99C8907-946D-3F1A-A261-4C0F2D5D0451]@0xffff ff7f808a0000

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily(2.3)[897EB322-FD55-36D7-A68E-9E9C34A74A84]@0xf fffff7f80868000

com.apple.nvidia.nv50hal(7.0.2)[2E84958C-1EEC-316B-9F7A-68C368F83476]@0xffffff7 f80b89000->0xffffff7f80eaafff

dependency: com.apple.NVDAResman(7.0.2)[7E65ECA2-D3A1-35F8-B845-C975FB531E7E]@0xffffff7f808 b2000

com.apple.GeForce(7.0.2)[18E50F21-1E7F-3FFE-B298-7CD7A11879F8]@0xffffff7f817390 00->0xffffff7f817f5fff

dependency: com.apple.NVDAResman(7.0.2)[7E65ECA2-D3A1-35F8-B845-C975FB531E7E]@0xffffff7f808 b2000

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport(2.3)[E99C8907-946D-3F1A-A261-4C0F2D5D0451]@0xffff ff7f808a0000

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.6.5)[95ABB490-3AB5-3D5E-9C21-67089A9AE6A1]@0xffff ff7f8083e000

dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily(2.3)[897EB322-FD55-36D7-A68E-9E9C34A74A84]@0xf fffff7f80868000

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: WindowServer

Mac OS version:


Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 11.0.0: Sat Jun 18 12:56:35 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1699.22.73~1/RELEASE_X86_64

Kernel UUID: 24CC17EB-30B0-3F6C-907F-1A9B2057AF78

System model name: MacBookPro6,2 (Mac-F22586C8)

System uptime in nanoseconds: 2228717878098

last loaded kext at 1486897781396: com.apple.iokit.IOAVBFamily 1.0.0d22 (addr 0xffffff7f8078d000, size 36864)

last unloaded kext at 1593254194840: com.apple.iokit.IOAVBFamily 1.0.0d22 (addr 0xffffff7f8078d000, size 36864)

loaded kexts:

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com.apple.driver.AppleMikeyHIDDriver 122

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com.apple.driver.AGPM 100.12.40

com.apple.driver.AudioAUUC 1.59

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com.apple.iokit.IOUserEthernet 1.0.0d1

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com.apple.AppleFSCompression.AppleFSCompressionTypeDataless 1.0.0d1

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com.apple.iokit.IOBluetoothSerialManager 2.5f17

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com.apple.iokit.IOAudioFamily 1.8.3fc11

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com.apple.driver.AppleGraphicsControl 3.0.8

com.apple.driver.AppleBacklightExpert 1.0.3

com.apple.nvidia.nv50hal 7.0.2

com.apple.NVDAResman 7.0.2

com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport 2.3

com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily 2.3

com.apple.kext.triggers 1.0

com.apple.driver.BroadcomUSBBluetoothHCIController 2.5f17

com.apple.driver.AppleUSBBluetoothHCIController 2.5f17

com.apple.iokit.IOBluetoothFamily 2.5f17

com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIBlockCommandsDevice 3.0.0

com.apple.iokit.IOUSBMassStorageClass 3.0.0

com.apple.driver.AppleUSBMultitouch 220.23

com.apple.iokit.IOUSBHIDDriver 4.4.0

com.apple.driver.AppleUSBMergeNub 4.4.0

com.apple.driver.AppleUSBComposite 3.9.0

com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIMultimediaCommandsDevice 3.0.0

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com.apple.iokit.IODVDStorageFamily 1.6

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com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIArchitectureModelFamily 3.0.0

com.apple.iokit.IOUSBUserClient 4.4.0

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com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily 2.0

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Model: MacBookPro6,2, BootROM MBP61.0057.B0C, 2 processors, Intel Core i7, 2.66 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.58f15

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, PCIe, 512 MB

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics, Built-In, 288 MB

Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4346382020

Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4346382020

AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x93), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

Bluetooth: Version 2.5.0f17, 2 service, 12 devices, 1 incoming serial ports

Network Service: AirPort, AirPort, en1

Serial ATA Device: TOSHIBA MK5055GSXF, 500.11 GB

Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898

USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424 (SMSC), 0x2514, 0xfa100000 / 2

USB Device: BRCM2070 Hub, 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.), 0x4500, 0xfa110000 / 5

USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, apple_vendor_id, 0x8218, 0xfa113000 / 8

USB Device: Internal Memory Card Reader, apple_vendor_id, 0x8403, 0xfa130000 / 4

USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, apple_vendor_id, 0x0236, 0xfa120000 / 3

USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424 (SMSC), 0x2514, 0xfd100000 / 2

USB Device: Built-in iSight, apple_vendor_id, 0x8507, 0xfd110000 / 4

USB Device: IR Receiver, apple_vendor_id, 0x8242, 0xfd120000 / 3

Jul 21, 2011 1:45 PM

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