I have been running my Mac Pro and the Cintiq with the bootable drive that has 10.5.3 in it for three days straight now. Previously, I installed the latest driver from Wacom, which I posted here, but it still crashed, which I ranted about here and here.
I was just hating it. Here’s a typical stare down between me and the darn things:
That’s a genuine frown over there! Too bad it was taken in profile; had I taken a frontal view, you could have seen the walnut-crushing crow’s feet on my forehead!
I was running on 10.5.1 when I got an email from Wacom Support suggesting a fix. They said that from the crash log files that I sent them they found some haxies and that I should remove them because these are what probably is causing my crashes.
From my short stint googling for information, these haxies are probably from something called Application Enhancer, a third party app that, well, as the name suggested, enhances some apps. Haha, you can judge by my expert explanation how knowledgeable I am about that!
Anyway, it was worth a try to seek out these so called “haxies” and remove them from my system. I booted up to the 10.5.3 running and threw caution to the wind. I googled a “how to remove haxies” and tried the procedures from some of the hits that I found, but I was having a hard time finding the folders or files that point to them in my System file. Apparently, they do not exist in my current configuration. Remember, I reinstalled Mac OS X. Whatever app that had these probably are not there anymore.
I was not taking any chances, however, and decided to dig some more. I found a way to remove them but I had to do it at the Terminal level. The article can be found here. I had to use the command line to remove whatever application enhancement software I had on my Mac. It was some really scary stuff for me because I have not done anything of that sort. However, after completing the procedure, I was able to safely reboot the Mac Pro and proceeded to do my work.
I have been running at it for three days straight and I had no crash so far. Hmmm, could it be that that was the solution?
Coincidentally, Apple released another update, 10.5.4! I have not done any software update yet, but I probably will. I have been sending all the crash reports to Apple and maybe they took some notice and did a fix? What wishful thinking! But I will do a software update and will try to see how far this thing will go.
I intend to do a timeline of all this things once I finally find that everything has been ironed out (if at all). Everything right now is looking surprisingly good so far. If it goes on like this for another week, I will probably update the other hard drive, the one I intended to be my start up disk which was running problem free under 10.5.1, to get it up to speed.
Well, knock on wood!