March 23rd, 2004 • 3:27 am
Looks like good old system-wide freezes on the Mac are enjoying a bit of a resurgence, unfortunately… I experienced one the other day in Panther (10.3.3), and, based on MacInTouch reports, I am not the only one…
The symptoms are very simple: Everything is frozen, except for the mouse pointer. You can still move the mouse, but you can’t do anything with it.
ssh from the PowerBook, and couldn’t get any response. On the other hand,
ping still worked. I sure hope it doesn’t happen too frequently! It’s very hard to tell what might be causing it, obviously, and I don’t really have crash logs or anything like it to submit to Apple.
I didn’t get any freezes prior to 10.3.3. On the other hand, I remember quite distinctly getting temporary freezes under 10.3.2. In a seemingly random fashion, OS X would, again, completely freeze except for the mouse pointer, but then it would come back to normal after about 30 seconds, and, if I had tried to do anything with the mouse in the interval, these mouse movements and actions were recorded and would be completed in quick succession as soon as Mac OS X had come back to life.