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Re: Mathematica 4.0.1 Front End crashes my Mac

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  • Subject: [mg20296] Re: Mathematica 4.0.1 Front End crashes my Mac
  • From: king at (Nigel King)
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 03:39:32 -0400
  • Organization: Consultant
  • References: <7ssge2$> <7t4dah$>
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Gary L. Gray <gray at> wrote:

> > I'm running a stable OS 8.6 system. After starting and then quitting the
> > Front-End (4.0.1), my Mac will crash as soon as I click on any menu bar
> > ( say, of the finder). MacsBug shows I am in _InitProcMenu. This is 100%
> > reproducible and I don't even have to do anything in the front end -
> > just start and quit. I then have to reboot my Mac. Interestingly every
> > app crashes during the reboot process. No other app causes problems like
> > this.
> > Has anyone else seen something similar?

> Do you have a Palm PDA and do you have the Palm Desktop installed? I had
> a similar problem when I first installed 4. Removing the "Instant Palm
> Desktop" extension solved the problem. I confirmed with Wolfram that 
> this is a known problem.

I have exactly the same problem as described above and had to revert
from 8.6 where it always happened to 8.5.1 where it sometimes happened.
I suspected Palm Desktop but didn't find the message on Wolfram Support

I now notice (prompted by this posting) that this message is now
available on the Systems->Macintosh->Compatibility support page dated 7
Jun 99, what isn't mentioned is what timescale a fix is expected and if
the fix is going to be in Mathematica or in the Palm program.

Nigel King

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