Panther freezes: It’s not the screen saver

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
June 19th, 2004 • 10:34 pm

A few years ago, I speculated that my on-going problem with system-wide freezes in Panther might be in part due to a problem with the built-in screen saver software itself. I then said I would turn the screen saver software off entirely and see what happens.

Well, within two days I got evidence that I was wrong. Yesterday, when I came to my machine in the morning, I was unable to wake the displays. The symptoms were exactly the same as with my screen saver freezes, except that the screen saver was not involved. Instead of waking up to a frozen screen saver frame, the displays simply stayed black.

So I am back to suspecting USB devices. Right now, my prime suspect is the Parliant PhoneValet device. I hope I am wrong (the device is rather useful), but I need to establish this clearly. The device is no longer connected. We’ll see what happens in the next week or so.

One Response to “Panther freezes: It’s not the screen saver”

  1. Brian Sandbeck says:

    I actually have similar problems, however I have no USB devices connected to my computer. I’m pretty sure we’re not alone in these odd freezes. Perhaps it’s a problem with energy saver?
    I also have this annoying crash that occurs when I’m scrolling in Safari. It’s all very frustrating, I hope 10.4 will be better.

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