Black and White printer is broken, may be replaced.
Colour printer cartridges on order. Take another week or so.
Well, right now the the #1 Video Editing station in Grad Center seems like it has a broken hard drive. When it starts up, the hard drive makes an ominous repetitive clicking sound over and over again...eventually, the screen lights up with just a folder icon with a question mark on top of it. Definitely no fun.
Anyways, I'd suggest not trying to start up this computer again...if we don't, we might be able to recover some data from the hard drive (if that's actually a worthwhile thing to pay for...whatever)
I'm putting a sign up on top of the computer, but now you too can know why.
Good times, eh?
On the computer closest to the door on the second row from the door (the same computer that had the TempWork permission problem last week), Photoshop has been acting up over and over again. Jessica suggested that it might be a problem with the Photoshop scratch disks again. Most recently, Photoshop repeatedly hanged when asked to save a file, requiring a force quit. Then, the computer just would not restart altogether when "Restart" was selected from the Apple menu. No other programs were open on the computer.
Long story short: a hard restart still did not fix the problem, so I did a p-ram reset. Then, as I went to restart into the netboot disk, a prompt came up asking if I wanted to "fix" the permissions on the TempWork drive (which I did...stupidly). Now, in the NetBoot environment, Photoshop pops a disk unavailable error (because the permissions are yet again totally different). It seems like this computer is having some personal problems. I'm pretty sure I also undid the more permanent fix on that computer.
Good times. Any suggestions?
**EDIT: Found that the problem also occurred on the Consultant iMac, so I checked the other computers, a number of them have the same problem:
56, 55, 53, 51, 49 all have a similar (same?) Photoshop error.
47 (CS2), 48 (CS3) and 52 (CS3) open without problem
(54 has a "BUSTED" sign on it)**
On the iMac next to the Sci A01-50 computer (the iMac's missing a label for some reason--probably #49), Photoshop does not start, and instead pops up a crash report dialog. The dialog does not list an error number; however, it does provide a link to view the crash data...I have uploaded that text file here:
No idea exactly what the problem might be, but this line of the crash report looks like it might describe the problem:
<crash exception="Unmapped Memory Exception" instruction="8900708b">
By the way, are we supposed to know the admin password for the Friedman computers?
Here's the crash data for the Consultant Computer. This time the crash exception line looks like this:
<crash exception="Unmapped Memory Exception" instruction="8597048b">
Download A01-56 Photoshop Crash Data (txt)
Other CS3 Programs opened without incident.
**EDIT: This is in the List MML**
Unfortunately, when I restarted the iMac mentioned in the previous message, Photoshop started having the same error again. I checked the TempWork drive and the "Ignore permissions for this drive" option had become unchecked. I checked the box again (this time no password prompt), and after it applied the settings, Photoshop worked. However, before I set it to ignore permissions, I was able to save a Word file to TempWork.
I do not know permissions for the Mac well enough to be able to tell exactly what the problem is; however, I restarted a nearby iMac that was working fine and it continued to function perfectly fine (at least with Photoshop). However, the permissions for the TempWork drive on that iMac were the *same*, though individual folders were different. Also, Disk Verify found way more errors on the TempWork drive on the bad iMac than on the good iMac. More details are explained in this Word doc that I uploaded (has pictures of the permissions listing, as well as the full text of the Disk Verify permissions data).
Download file [for some reason, Movable Type did not append a file extension to this document. It is a word document, so just add ".doc" to the end, and it will open up in Word and show up fine]. Finally, I put up the images and the doc in the "Jeff" folder on Macintosh HD on the iMac near the servers.
Whew! The good thing: seems like it's an easily fixable, if annoying problem. Anyone know how to permanently fix it?
**EDIT: This is in the List MML**
Not sure how the computers are numbered, but here's the deal:
On the iMac on the 2nd row from the door, closest to the door, Chris had noticed that Photoshop wouldn't open because of a disk error. I checked the permissions of TempWork with the disk utility and tried to have it repair the permissions, but that still didn't work (Info on the drive said that system had read&write access on the drive before the check). So, I checked "Ignore permissions on this drive," and, after it finished applying the permissions, Photoshop opened normally.
Is there a better way to fix this? I'm confused as to why Photoshop wouldn't be able to access the folder even when system said that it had read/write access. Good news: Photoshop's working fine on that computer.
So I tried to capture a clip without enough preroll in FinalCut, so I cancelled, and FinalCut froze and wouldn't force quit, so I opened finder to eject my external harddrive, then Finder and the whole computer froze, so I let it sit for a while, then turned off the dv deck and television and then the computer caught up with all the requests, but told me my hardware had been improperly removed.
It was the second one in from the left.
Edrex told me to post this-
keepin it real packin steel-
The Masterly Mac Pros in Grad were not recognizing the ducky DV decks - I found that you can solve this problem by flippin' unplugging the power cable of the DV deck, and re-plugging it.
Then you can check system profiler to see if it recognizes the device as a SR-VS30. Prior to doing this they were showing up as shoddy "unknown device"s and were not functioning with proper MML-worthy acumen.
The 3rd G5 from the door in the List MML is messed. started to go to sleep randomly on a person. I rebooted and repaired startup disk using fsck (which was damaged). But it still would not reboot. Just get a black screen. Also there was a red light on inside it that is not on in any of the other machines. Weird. I fixed it be reseting PRAM i think, but keep an eye on it.
In other news, the printer in list needs a cartrige replacement.
The monitor's contrast is extremely bright and blown out...it's been like this for at least a month. Going to System Settings didn't help, nor did yelling at it or pouring water and sand on the keyboard. Any suggestions?
Also, I was trying to burn a DVD in DVD Studio Pro on this machine, and it kept failing. I opened the same file and successfully burned it on another G5. Has anyone else had this problem before?
A student was working on the G5 second from right for several hours with no problems, until the miniDV deck became unresponsive to the computer and its own buttons. I tried to eject, rewind, fast forward, and play the tape, but nothing happened. I also tried shutting off the deck, and that did not work either. The tape is still in there. I've put up a sign telling people not to use it until Edrex sees it. This all happened right after midnight.
In the List/Art MML, computer number 6 started making this high pitched buzz...very strange. I rebooted, but the noise started again when back on. I left the computer monitor off. Any idea what's going on?
Jamie's Music 11 class was in the GC MML today when they got nothing but fuzz when they played the MIDI out. I'm sure this is another example of something really simple going wrong but anyone got a clue what that would be?
it seems eMac #6 in List is very whiny - it whines at high pitch when on - really ear splitting, actually. The whining stops when the machine is put to sleep, but for some reason it immediately wakes itself back up all the time.
It doesn't seem to be causing any problems for now, but just look out.
There is a DV tape stuck in the deck at station 3 in grad and we cannot seem to get it out. It almost comes out when pressing eject, then it is sucked back in. It does not play and will not come out. I am not sure what is teh problem. :(
Grad MML Station 7 is having difficulty running Pro Tools tasks -- I'm troubleshooting the machine now.
Pro Tools was quitting (un)expectedly at startup today on the corner eMac to the right of the door (one with the funky screen) at the Grad Lab today. The cause was that the user had a multi-session burned CD of his data in the drive. Removing the CD allowed Pro TOols to start. I dont know whether the the multisession-ness of the CD had anything to do with it, but be on the lookout in case PT does not start on a machine - try ejecting any disks that might be in there.
Strange... I guess that's Pro Tools.......
This is a problem encountered by the EL116 Professor Beth Taylor, TA Megan Hall, and their students....
Question: When I boot my computer and run Pro Tools, the Mbox appears to be working but it is not playing any audio.
The usb light is on and Pro Tools looks like it is playing as the transport is moving and I see levels in the meters.
Answer: Workaround is to unplug the USB cable and plug it back in. Reports are that this only occurs after a CPU bootup.
There is a problem with ProTools, well not with ProTools but with the MBOX's in the Grad Center MML. What has happened is the MBOX is not outputting any sound to the computer. However the MBOX is working, because on the MBOX when turning the Input channel to playback, you could hear what was being inputted in to the MBOX... however there was no signal coming out on Protools.. Everything was right, the inputs in the mix window were on the right channel... Just for some strage reason the computer wasn't picking up the mbox...
1) First of all, the headphone jack boxes don't seem to work in final cut pro. Are they not being used anymore, or should they work and they just don't?
2) Second, there was a small display on one of the monitors that read "Count 00:10". I assume this was from the VCR because it didn't show up on the computer screen anywhere, but i couldn't figure out how to make it go away.
3) Thirdly, there seemed to be about a 5 frame delay between the video and audio on the computer and the video on the sony monitor. This was annoying because the video was on the monitor, but the audio was coming from the computer, so everything looked like it was kind of off, though it was hard to tell what exactly was going on.
eMacs - 1.25 GHz G4/160 GB/768 Megs RAM/CD-RW & DVD-R Burner
HP LaserJet 2300dn B&W duplex printer
Vantec card readers
Sony Trinitron Video Monitors with Stereo Sound
JVC dual miniDV-VHS deck
On order: (VideoEditing) G5 Towers 2.5 GHz/250 GB/1G Ram/CD-RW & DVD-R Burner, due October 28. Deployment period -- Winter Break.