What do Mac error messages mean exactly? Of course, it depends on the Mac error message in question. Each one means something different. But with our guide to Mac OS X error messages you’ll soon know what each mac error message means.
Apple Mac computers are remarkably stable machines, and you’ll spend a lot less time fixing a Mac, to get it working, than other computers. Even so, mistakes do happen, and when one does you will get an error message on the screen. It will say something like “The Application quit unexpectedly”. Understanding these Mac OS X error messages can help you fix what’s wrong with your Mac.
Know your Mac error: The application “program name” quit unexpectedly
This is one of the best-known Mac OS X error messages. One minute the app was there, the next it’s gone. It’s a pain but normally it happens infrequently, so it doesn’t get in the way of things. Restart the app and see if it behaves itself this time.
If you find it happening frequently to the same app then follow these steps:
1. Quit the app (if you haven’t already).
2. Delete the preferences. Hold Option and click Go in the Finder and choose Library. Now open Preferences and locate the preferences associated with the app. Move them to the Trash and delete them.
3. Restart the app and see if it’s now behaving
4. If it continues to happen quit the app, delete the preferences and drag the app from Applications to the Trash. Now reinstall the application.
Know your Mac error: Kernel Panic
This one is rare, but it’s certainly an attention grabber. Your Mac freezes; the screen turns grey and displays a large power on/off symbol, and it says in several languages “You need to restart your computer”. This message is the impressive-sounding Kernel Panic. The Kernel is the part of the Mac that sits between Mac OS X and the hardware. Mac OS X throws up this error when it detects an internal error that it can’t recover. This is the Mac equivalent of the Windows blue-screen-of-death.
You’re not likely to see a Kernel Panic very often, so it usually comes as a surprise when it happens. Hold down the Power Button to turn off your Mac, now press it again to Restart. It usually won’t’ happen again, but if you find a Kernel Panic happens frequently then it could be a sign that something is wrong with your Mac hardware, either the RAM might not be fitted properly or there might be a problem with the graphics card.
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