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Type 2 Errors everywhere
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Jan 5, 2001, 03:29 PM

I have been experiencing Type 2 errors in every program from IE 5 to Drag Thing, and it's driving me nuts. I don't exactly understand the cryptic explanation that Apple gives about Type 2 errors (address error...like that explains anything) and I'm really frustrated. I open up IE 5 and before my page even loads, the app quits and gives a Type 2 error. Similar situation with the majority of my apps. Someone (on the outside of the Mac world looking in) suggested that it's a physical memory issue, with the RAM chip itself, based on what the application alone is doing. Can anyone lend any credence to that? I hope it's not, but if so, I'm glad RAM is cheap nowadays.

On a related note, on startup, I have been receiving bombs with Illegal Instruction (which I always thought was an extension conflict) AND Address Error messages. Is this Address bomb similar to a Type 2 error?

I have weeded out suspect extensions, but with no luck. I get the bomb, try to restart, and after two or three tries, the OS loads completely, but is entirely unstable. I'm starting to freak out. Even Conflict Catcher can't help me.

The stats are: iMac DV 400 Mhz (grape if you're interested), OS 8.6 (until 9.1 or X comes out), 192 Mb RAM, virtual memory on...anything else?

I appreciate any help that anyone can give...and thanks for enduring the long-winded message.


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Jan 5, 2001, 05:18 PM
Yeah its something to do with memory.
But it could also be the system corrupting memory.
I suggest take all but one of your RAM chips out and try to boot.
See if its ok.
If it is, put in another chip and try again, and so on.
If it isn't ok, take that chip out and try the other one.
You also may want to let something like TechTool Pro check your RAM.
I also suggest a reinstallation of OS 8.6, or even better, OS 9.04...

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Jan 6, 2001, 12:38 AM
I know this is a simple-minded suggestion, but it's always best to cover the obvious first: have you increased memory allocated to your apps? I also second Cipher's idea to use something like TTP to check the chips themselves, but also to do a once-over on the HD directory.
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Jan 6, 2001, 12:51 PM
Sounds like the dear old nVIR A/B virus to me. Have you tried scanning for viruses?
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