Several times a day, I get a crash while working in any of several apps. Frozen mouse, no messages. After rebooting, I find a file called "MiniSport.tmp" in the trash. Rarely, a file called "BloodSimple.tmp" is placed there instead. The file is always zero k in size, has no resource fork, a blank icon and no contents that I can see (opened in BBEdit etc.). Filetype is BINA, with no Creator Code reported.
The crash often occurs while I am working in Illustrator, but has also occurred while *launching* MS Outlook (with no other apps active).
When the crash occurs, I run Norton and/or DFA/TTP and find no bad blocks, no damaged files and minimal (normal) fragmentation. (The machine is fully optimized weekly.) Virus defs (Norton AntiVirus) are current and reveal nothing. This is a G4/867 (Quicksilver) running OS 9.2, 640MB RAM. Was working fine for a month, then this started.
I've done full desktop rebuilds, trashed prefs, volume rebuilds, wiped the hd and reinstalled everything from scratch... and the crash still occurs.
I have suspected that these are indeed "temp" files created when a program is crashing, and that the crashes themselves are being caused by some other problem. However I'm beginning to wonder if they are actually causing the crashes.
I have found no mention of either file on any Mac website, including the symantec.com virus center. One search of the entire web (google) yielded a German user who was asking the same question back in Feb '01, but apparently no one had an answer.
Any thoughts would be appreciated...
[ 10-22-2001: Message edited by: longshot ]