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Mac OS X Help Line, Tiger Edition by Ted Landau - with Dan Frakes

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Application Crashes

Most application crashes in Mac OS X will not bring down your entire system, nor will they require you to restart your Mac. Thus, in many cases the cure for an application crash is to simply ignore it, relaunch the crashed application, and hope the crash does not occur again (or at least happens only rarely). If this is not sufficient, consider the solutions described in the following sections.

Freeze/hang

Applications occasionally stop functioning—often while attempting to perform some action, such as opening a document or receiving an e-mail. In such cases, the spinning wait cursor appears and just remains; the intended action is never completed. At the same time, attempts to otherwise interact with the program (such as ...

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