Serious crash on Mac OS X, BZFlag 2.0.4

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Serious crash on Mac OS X, BZFlag 2.0.4

Post by Swordfish » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:15 am

When I play BZFlag online my Mac suddenly freezes after a few minutes and I have to hard restart. I tried a few diffrent servers, and the crash happens every time after a few minutes of play...

Of course my bzflag.crash.log doesn't get written because I have to hard restart :roll:

I tried to delete the prefs (~/Library/Application Support/BZFlag) but no luck.

Any ideas?

System: eMac 1.4Ghz (overclocked from 1GHz), 768MB RAM, 32MB VRAM (could the overclock be creating this problem?)

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Post by Hannibal » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:21 am

did you compile it or just download the installer? a bad compile could do it...but im no expert.
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Post by Swordfish » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:26 am

downloaded the disc image (i.e. 'official' download)

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Post by A Meteorite » Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:03 am

I would try resetting your CPU back to 1Ghz... (I never knew Macs could overclock :roll:)

BTW, what version of Mac OS X do you have?
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Post by Swordfish » Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:45 pm

A Meteorite wrote:BTW, what version of Mac OS X do you have?
:oops: should of posted that: Mac OS 10.4.3
A Meteorite wrote:I would try resetting your CPU back to 1Ghz... (I never knew Macs could overclock :roll:)
I hope there is a better solution because opening an eMac is a hell of a job... did it once, no sure I want to do it again lol.
FYI, you can only overclock G4s and lower... never heard of any G5 being overclocked.

BTW I tried BZFlag 1.10.8 and no freezes.

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Post by A Meteorite » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:18 pm

Hmmm... your OS is up to date. Try moving your whole data folder to your Desktop, BZFlag will make a shiny new one on start-up:

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Post by Swordfish » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:28 pm

that's what I said in my first post... I deleted this folder

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~/Library/Application Support/BZFlag)
(should have specified it was the whole folder :? )

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Post by Spazzy McGee » Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:08 pm

i have just started experiencing a problem on my iBook G4 1.33 GHz. My laptop just turns off for no reason (it's not the battery because the power was plugged in). It has only ever happened while playing bzflag for a long time.
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Post by Swordfish » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:41 pm

Ok I have no idea what I did but the freezing stopped for now... I'll post here if it starts happening again.

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Post by Swordfish » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:43 pm

Started randomly freezing again. I have no idea what's the problem but it's annoying as hell.

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Post by Ice Wewe » Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:55 pm

Spazzy Mcgee wrote:i have just started experiencing a problem on my iBook G4 1.33 GHz. My laptop just turns off for no reason (it's not the battery because the power was plugged in). It has only ever happened while playing bzflag for a long time.

I've had a problem with my old G3 iBook where it would suffer a power failure even though the battery was firmly in its socket. I think it's a bad connection with the battery.
Swordfish wrote: When I play BZFlag online my Mac suddenly freezes after a few minutes and I have to hard restart. I tried a few diffrent servers, and the crash happens every time after a few minutes of play...

Of course my bzflag.crash.log doesn't get written because I have to hard restart Rolling Eyes

I tried to delete the prefs (~/Library/Application Support/BZFlag) but no luck.

Any ideas?

System: eMac 1.4Ghz (overclocked from 1GHz), 768MB RAM, 32MB VRAM (could the overclock be creating this problem?)

Don't OC. Your CPU is most likely overheating and thus using its useful thermal limit to kill power, don't OC and play BZFlag, bad combo. Same feature is built into intel P4s (maybe P3) and new AMD CPUs. Mac's have this too, if they didn't you'd have fried eMac. :(

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Post by Swordfish » Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:36 pm

Ice Wewe wrote:Don't OC. Your CPU is most likely overheating and thus using its useful thermal limit to kill power, don't OC and play BZFlag, bad combo. Same feature is built into intel P4s (maybe P3) and new AMD CPUs. Mac's have this too, if they didn't you'd have fried eMac. :(
thanks for the reply. the problem seems to be the OC since no one else is having it :( . but I play other processor intensive games (America's Army, X-Plane 8 ), encode movies (take 100% of the processor for 10-30 minutes), and I never get anything similar to my bzflag problem.

And, is it possible to limit the CPU power BZFlag takes (put a speed cap) so my G4 doesn't overheat?

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