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Re: Re: Re: Mathematica 5 and Windows XP

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  • Subject: [mg54692] Re: [mg54639] Re: [mg54611] Re: [mg54563] Mathematica 5 and Windows XP
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 01:29:17 -0500 (EST)
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I run two monitors and several programs at once on my WinXP machine, and very rarely get crashes of any kind.

Maybe once a quarter I get a Blue Screen of Death when CLOSING Mathematica; I think it happens when Mathematica is busy closing a file as I exit. But a simple reboot works, and no files are corrupted when this happens.


On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 01:18:38 -0500 (EST), Owen, HL (Hywel) <h.l.owen at> wrote:

> Our group runs 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1 on WinXP (about 10 users). All of us get occasional crashes, usually when running huge notebooks (i.e. thousands of lines and many 'MB' of variables). Only affects Mathematica itself though, not other applications. As with all software: save often. I won't get into any religious wars over Linux, WinXP or Mac - our experience of Mathematica on these platforms is that Mathematica runs kind of the same on all of them - no more crashes on one rather than another.
> Hywel
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murray at]
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>> Subject: [mg54692] [mg54639] [mg54611] Re: [mg54563] Mathematica 5 and Windows XP
>> Under Windows XP Professional SP2, I routinely run Mathematica 5.1
>> concurrently with many other programs, including: NetObjects Fusion,
>> WS_FTP Pro, WinEdt, Firefox, Thunderbird, Excel 2003.  It
>> doesn't crash
>> on me.
>> Skirmantas wrote:
>> > I suspect Mathematica 5 was the culprit of two nasty Windows XP
>> > crashes I have experienced during the past four months. In
>> the second
>> > one, Internet Explorer (which was running when Mathematica's kernel
>> > crashed) got hopelessly corrupted. I'm not 100% sure it's
>> Mathematica,
>> > but it is my prime suspect. Even if it is Mathematica, I'm ready to
>> > forgive it because it is such a great piece of software otherwise.
>> > However, it would it interesting to know when Mathematica
>> is known to
>> > crash and what can be done to avoid destabilizing Windows (which is
>> > NOT a great piece of software). After the second crash, my rule is
>> > this: don't run anything else when Mathematica is working.
>> >
>> >
>> --
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