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How often should a Mac Crash? #1
David  Moore's picture
by David Moore
April 28, 2014 - 6:53pm

Im a heavy Aperture user,  just about everyday on it.  I have a dedicated 27” iMac late 2012 with 16gb ram, graphics 680GX w 2GB.  Dedicated meaning I run AP and PS on it only,  well..Photomatrix Pro and Silver effects pro.  I recently had the Main Board replaced 2mos ago due to a failed graphics card.

Today I had a crash while AP was opened and I was doing simple Key-wording.  Activity Monitor stated Crash in Thread 0, does that mean a machine or an App problem.

Called my Apple reseller / repair people and they said an Application crash of 1/month is kinda normal for a non repeatable crash/problem. 

Question:  How often should or  does your Apperture just quit on you???
Twitter= @davidbmoore
Scottsdale AZ

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by Butch Miller
April 28, 2014 - 8:39pm

Question:  How often should or  does your Apperture just quit on you???   

I can’t remember the last time Aperture has outright crashed. Sure, an occasional slowdown or maybe a random spinning beach ball … but I can’t ever recall a flat out crash or kernel panic under routine use. There was a version a year or so back that caused some issues right out of the box when it updated … but a trash and delete of all app and preference files, then re-install made it all better.

I am running a 2011 21.5” with 12GB RAM with i5 2.5 Ghz and AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB graphics card … hardly cutting edge in the line.

I routinely have Aperture, Photoshop, FCP X, Motion 5, Safari, Mail and Transmit all running at the same time. I sometimes see a slowdown in app switching waiting for RAM to swap out … but no crashes.

I do think there are lemon models/machines. I have an older MBP (2006 Core 2 Duo, 2.4 Ghz. 4GB RAM that I use as backup for road work … that particular unit was trouble from the start … seems it received one of the faulty NVIDIA graphics card and had all kinds of heat and fan issues … it wash’t until Apple replaced the video card, mother board, HD, power exchanger that it ran efficiently without overheating (all under warranty) … since I popped in an SSD … it works rather well. 

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by Charles Putnam
April 28, 2014 - 10:20pm

This sounds more like a hardware issue - perhaps bad RAM (had that happen once).  Run a hardware diagnostics and see what comes up.'s picture
April 29, 2014 - 4:11pm


My aperture, latest edition, on an older machine than yours without the same power –rarely crashes. That is, just plain crashes. Rarely.


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by David Moore
April 29, 2014 - 5:40pm

Thanks all!!   Guess I need to make an appointment at the Genius Bar and not the Guinness Bar.  Cheers
Twitter= @davidbmoore
Scottsdale AZ

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by Joe
April 29, 2014 - 7:47pm


Not sure I fully get it. Are you worry after only 1 crash? 

I will say that I get crashes every 2 months roughly. Enough that I remember but not enough to make me worry :) 


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by Robbll
April 30, 2014 - 5:35pm

I have not had a crash on either of my iMacs (24 and 21.5) with the exception of a RAM failure causing a kernel panic. Aperture, however, did crash one time in the last two years and that was just recently…have no clue why but it has not happened since. Thank goodness!

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by David Moore
April 30, 2014 - 5:48pm

Joe Im worried caused Ive had the graphics card replaced and still getting crashes.  I don’t think they designed it to do that.  Almost all crashes are in the thread 0 which I think means is not Aperture but Aperture put a load on the machine to cause it to hiccup .    

Going to genius bar today.. its up to them now to say its a problem they want to fix.
Twitter= @davidbmoore
Scottsdale AZ

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by David Moore
May 4, 2014 - 6:38pm

Apple genius thinks I have software issues and since its a Pro App referred me back to the Apple care guys.  Crashed yesterday while doing Aperture n PS  together.   Here is the notice from the console  if any knows what it means please let me know

Date/Time:       2014-05-03 15:34:03.769 -0700

OS Version:      Mac OS X 10.9.2 (13C1021)

Report Version:  11

Anonymous UUID28A8ACB6-D4F7-C356-7E3C-A10497016471

Crashed Thread:  0  Dispatch queue:

Exception Type:  EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000

Application Specific Information:

*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception ‘NSUnknownKeyException’, reason: ‘[<RKWebSourceItem 0x608000666180> setValue:forUndefinedKey:]: this class is not key value coding-compliant for the key arrangedFilteredChildren.’

terminating with uncaught exception of type NSException

abort() called
Twitter= @davidbmoore
Scottsdale AZ

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by Walter Rowe
May 5, 2014 - 1:19pm

This is definitely an Aperture bug. Report it to Apple and provide them the full crash report. You can get that from the Applications > Utilities > Console application. You can see from the screenshot below where I found a “Crash Report” from Aperture dated May 2, 2014.


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