May. 16th, 2007 @ 08:35 am
This is a rare occurence I guess.
Is this the start of the breakdown?
Looking at the stack trace, I would guess that a bad memory chip is to blame. If you have a genius bar anywhere near, I would suggest making an appointment and having them run through hardware tests, focusing on RAM. (Or have them walk you through doing it yourself; I believe the Mac Books are shipped with hardware diagnostic software on the "Restore" CD-ROM.)
Well, it's the first occurence since I got it two weeks ago.
I think it has something to do with Firefox. It hanged twice already and this morning, the screen of death happened.
Come to think of it, my Cyberduck has been hanging, too. I did my first Force Quit this morning. (But then it could just be the server connection when it FTPs).
This is scary. :-(
If I'm right in my guess, Firefox is probably just working the computer hard enough to hit the bad memory, or to exercise that memory cell in a way that causes it to fail. I would tend to doubt its the fault of the software you're running, especially since many other people run the same software with little problem. This really looks like a very typical memory chip problem to me.
You're still within the base warranty period (even if you didn't get the Apple protection plan). Any hardware problems you have should be correctly promptly and with no cost to you.
Whew! Thanks for the info.
Actually, I just got off the phone with a friend who said it may just be a memory problem. So they can just swap it out.
Know what I would do? I'd return it and get a new one?
Why? They just upgraded their entire line of Mackbook models yesterday with more RAM, bigger hard drives and slightly faster processors for the same money.
If you're still within your two week return policy, I'd take advantage of it now and get a better computer out of it.
I've passed the two-week window. :-(
Plus, I ordered it internally through an employee.
I guess I'm not that lucky. :-(
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