Random Insanity

As a continuation of my last post, I would like to point out a rather interesting solution that I discovered today for a problem that has been plaguing the business I now work for since, well, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Namely, that it doesn’t work. But I think I’m ahead of myself, so let me set the scene.

I’ve been working in video production for a few weeks now back in Helena, Montana, after randomly finding this job on CraigsList Montana and I must say, it’s nice. It’s been a long time since my work was appreciated by a superior or employer, so it’s been more than fun being here, it’s been restorative. Healthy even. It’s also been frustrating because of the random disk problems we’ve been having, which started long before I arrived.

However, now it all seems to be well, and without going into the details, here’s the gist of it. The editing bay is a PowerMac G5 with a Serial ATA RAID set-up that was developed by the apparently-now-defunct Netcell company. So there isn’t much in the way of support, even from the people who sold us this system. Not cool. But after nearly 10 full business days of insanity, it seems I’ve discovered part of the problem – and it’s a simple friggin check box.

If you are having random freezes where the Spinning Colorwheel of Death is up but absolutely nothing on the computer responds (other than the cursor moving with the mouse, of course) I know what you need to do. Go into System Preferences, Energy Settings and uncheck the “Put disks to sleep whenever possible” option. That has solved the problem for us, although your mileage may vary.

I’d go into more detail if anyone wants to know the entire mess, but I really don’t feel like delving that far tonight. Me wanty food. Ciao!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.