Saturday Morning was a headache inducing time for me. I was rushing to finish the animation of my last scene from the week’s assignment when my Mac Pro decided to quit on me and crash once more.
Enough is Enough.
I am eating my words right now when I declared months ago of how stable and reliable Mac OS X and a Mac Pro should be. At that time, I totally threw in my faith on the Mac, ditching my old PC Workstation and Windows to go all Apple hardware-wise.
And now this.
Apparently, Adobe Flash CS3, the software I use to do professional posing and animation, and the Wacom Tablet Driver, the driver necessary to run the Wacom Cintiq 20WSX that I got to replace my regular Wacom Tablet, are the main culprits in causing Mac OS X to crash. I only say that because when I open up the Mac OS X’s Console program to see what is the cause of the crash, both of these show up in the messages on separate occassions.
How convenient was that!
It’s pretty strange because I never had a crash on a Mac before when I used to do my work using my 20″ iMac and a regular Wacom Tablet. It puzzles me that I am on Apple’s high end computer right now, the latest Mac Pro as of June, 2008, with all its 8 cores and loads of RAM, and I am having more crashes than when I was working on a Windows machine!
I am just ranting here because these crashes have sucked the fondness I have for this particular Mac. What’s causing the rant is the thought of how much I spent to set this machines up. Well, actually, I am leasing them, but it makes no difference. They are supposedly on the cutting edge and using them must be painless and trouble-free! That is why I opted for them!
Anyway, I am sure there is nothing here than can’t be solved by a complete reinstall, which I am currently doing at this moment while writing this entry.
And speaking of installing, the DVD drive of that Mac Pro sure is noisy! I am 8-10 minutes into the first installation disk and the DVD drive would spin and start up with this loud, howling sound. I am not concerned about that because I have read about it earlier in some forums about Macs that I frequently visit.
(As if on cue, the drive would stop spinning, silent for a while, and then rev up like a miniature car taking off, just as I was finished writing that last paragraph!)
It’s a good thing that the Mac Pro’s innards are so easy to access, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered. I have installed a new hard drive, quite painlessly, I might add, and I am installing a fresh new OS X on that one, keeping the previous OS X that came with the machine as well as all the files I have worked on in this machine in the stock hard drive. In case my new installation still fails, I can still boot from the original.
I could have opted for an easier route and cloned the original drive into the new one with all the programs, settings and preferences intact, a complete mirror copy and duplicate, but I fear there might be some preferences that is causing all this crashes.
I also am opting with installing just Adobe Flash Professional 8, the older version of my current Adobe Flash CS3, and sacrifice a slight dip in speed to observe how stable it is now that I will have it running on a Mac Pro.
It would be a long process to reinstall the additional softwares I run and copy my back-up files from my iMac back to the Mac Pro, but I don’t mind that much. I could use the time to just sit back and relax for a while and try to gain back some momentum before doing my next week’s assignment.
Hopefully by that time, the gremlins in my Mac Pro will be gone and it will be just like before when I first unpacked that machine and mated it with the Cintiq.