September 29th, 2003 • 11:35 pm
Eeek. I thought that, with the advent of Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2), the ugly, “Unix text spilling” kernel panics of the early days of Mac OS X were supposed to have been replaced with the slightly more palatable multilingual “Please restart your computer now” messages in an anti-aliased font over a grey background. Apparently not.
For the first time today, I actually experienced the old kind of kernel panic in Jaguar. I was obviously doing something that was taxing the system, i.e. asking Amadeus II to amplify a 600 MB AIFF file by 200% — while continuing to use my computer (a dual 1.25 GHz G4) for other tasks, such as typing text in Word or checking my email.
Still, there was a lot of free disk space on the volume (something like 30 GB), and my G4 should reasonably be expected to be able to handle such disk-intensive activities in the background, shouldn’t it?
Well, it looks like it wasn’t able to do so. I didn’t take a digital picture of the kernel panic screen (maybe I should have), but the error messages seem to indicate something wrong in something with “IOATA” in its name, which sounds like a hard drive-related problem to me (“IO” probably stands for Input/Output and “ATA” is the hard drive interface in the G4).
I don’t think there is much point in my sending a bug report to the maker of Amadeus II. Such kernel panics are, in all likelihood, caused by a flaw in the OS itself.