[Chimera-users] need examples of Chimera crash on Mac OS X 10.6.5

Dougherty, Matthew T matthewd at bcm.edu
Fri Dec 3 05:42:30 PST 2010

I am still using 10.5.8.  Not seeing apple or chimera crash dialogs with this kind of problem.

I am seeing a lot of problems on my Mac Pro with the nvidia quadro card, sometimes 10 lockups/day.  See it on chimera, amira and Maya.  Had to switch to my mac laptop with a simple graphics device, and a linux box with the same model quadro card.  This seems to gotten worse since I installed a 2nd card (ATI/Radeon).

When the system hangs I can not access Force-Quit, which says a lot as to how deep this design problem is. So I end up doing a shutdown, cycling power.  Sometimes I let it run in lockup mode for 10-20 hours to see if it ever recovers, 1 time it did.  When it completes the reboot I login in, there is no message asking to send a report to Apple, I have seen these dialogs, but not with these graphic card hangs.  On top of that I am pretty disappointed on their graphics.  Same model quadro runs 10x faster on linux and does not choke.  Throw in their brick wall attitude about stereo X11 driver problem which wasted a lot of my time trying to get a straight answer from them, I do not count on them for mission critical big jobs.  My plan now is to use their default graphics card manufacturer and buy inexpensive cards from the same manufacturer on my next mac pro.  Wondering if I should setup a third boot partition on the mac to load linux, would be interesting to know if the problem is in the hardware or in the apple drivers.

From: chimera-users-bounces at cgl.ucsf.edu [chimera-users-bounces at cgl.ucsf.edu] On Behalf Of Greg Couch [gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu]
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 11:32 AM
To: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu BB
Subject: [Chimera-users] need examples of Chimera crash on Mac OS X 10.6.5

There have been occasional reports of Chimera crashing in the graphics
driver on Mac OS X 10.6.5.  However, the reports have not included
enough information to allow us to reproduce the problem and debug it.
If you observe this crash, please report it to Apple (a dialog to do
this will appear when the crash happens).  The next time you start
Chimera after the crash, another dialog will appear with the option to
send us a bug report too.  Please go ahead and do that, including a
description of what you were doing before the crash, and your email
address in case we need to request further details.

     Thank you,

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