I have never ran into this problem on any of the macs with cs5 that I have worked on but my suggestion would be to uninstall CS5 and then reinstall with a fresh install and everything should work fine.
That sounds more like the Mac's graphics are defective or the monitor. The only other thing that could cause such weird stuff would be video capture/ playback cards...
I'm getting exactly the same problem, running the same early 2008 Mac Pro, 10 GB memory but running a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT card and an Apple 30" monitor / Dell 23" monitor.
OS X 10.6.4
This is the only application that i'm having this happen with and from doing the usual troubleshooting on the hardware side, it does look like a AE CS5 issue.
And suggestions appreciated.
Would anything like this happen to the imac?
I m having the same problem. I m using a Mac Pro Quad-core Intel Xeon 2.26GHz with 16GB RAM.
Anyone knows how to solve this?
I turned off OpenGL in AE and that seems to have solved it, or rather the problem hasn't happened since but that may be just coincidence (?).
Which video card are you using FreemanRedz ? And which OS ?
I see reports about issues with NVIDIA and OS X 10.6.4 but this may be unrelated.
Be nice to see an Adobe response to this thread.
I m using NVIDIA GeForce GT120 and running on OSX 10.6.4.
I ve turned off the OpenGL. Hopefully, it won't crash again. Overall, in 2 hours... it has happen 8 times.
Here same problem, Not only in AE CS5 but also in FCP en Aperture. Open GL problem. And it happen after the 10.4.6 update. Before this update all apps worked perfect. Now it is a complete disaster. I hope apple will fix this problem soon. Not all the apps can "Open GL" be disabled.
I'm having the exact same problem. Running Photoshop CS5 on a Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008 version) with 14 GB of RAM and 2 Apple Cinema Displays (23" each). Every time I open a PSD file which includes 3D layers (or if I attempt to create 3D objects in Photoshop), the screen locks up and flickers like crazy. Only option is to press the power button and power down.
Where is Adobe on this?!
My "technical support" advised me t do a re-install of Snowleopard, ad only upgrade to 10.6.3 (my previous very good running os). Thats what I'm doing now. And make a clone of it, after istallation, so for future problems, you can always go back a good running version.
I'm having same issue on 2008 Mac Pro 2.8ghz, 12gb Ram and using NVIDIA 8800GT. I am using Photoshop CS5 with Snow Leopard and using two Monitors an Apple 23" and NEC 26". Screens are flickering like crazy and only remedy is to power down.
I have seen some information that implicates OpenGL changes in Mac OSX v10.6.4 as the cause of this problem. I recommend not updating past 10.6.3 for the time being. We'll try to get some definitive information out when we have it.
Same problem here, flickering screens crash while running AE CS5.
Early 2008 MacPro
2x 3.2 GHz Quad Core Intel Zeon
18GB Ram 2x Cinema Displays
There are problems with Mac OSX v10.6.4 and NVIDIA drivers. This doesn't just affect After Effects or other Adobe software. It's a universal problem with Mac OSX v10.6.4 and NVIDIA GPUs.
Here's a page from the The Unoffical Apple Weblog summarizing a post from gaming software company, Valve, that lays it out:
I'm getting the same thing, but with Flash CS5.
(And yes, Mac Pro (late 2008), Nvidia 8800GT, 10.6.4, 30" Cinema)
I'm having the exact same trouble as well.
Mac Pro (late 2008) quad-core 10 GB, standard video card (Nvidia 120 something) with CS5.
APPLE FIX THIS BUG!!!!!! I spent so much money to get your system, now help us out and fix this today!!!
just another victim here, although I have only had about 5-6 sporadic crashes in the past few weeks (my problems started when I upgraded to Snow leopard and CS5 about a month ago) - but interestingly all my crashes have happened while using Cinema 4D and not an adobe product (although I likely had Pshop running in background).
It seems that no cure has been found yet - but I'll be watching this page for further info - hopefully in the near future.
edit: 8-core mac pro (early 2008) 16GB ram, NVidia GeForce 8800GT
(seems that most people are having the issues w/ the 2008 Mac Pro???)
> It seems that no cure has been found yet - but I'll be watching this page for further info - hopefully in the near future.
The "cure" is implied by my message earleir on this thread: Don't use Mac OSX v10.6.4. Use v10.6.3 or earlier.
There is a problem with Mac OSX v10.6.4 and Nvidia OpenGL drivers. This problem causes flickering screens and crashes and all sorts of nastiness with software that uses OpenGL, like Photoshop CS5 and After Effects CS5 (and lots of software from other companies).
Apple has publicly acknowledged this: http://appletoolbox.com/2010/07/mac-os-x-10-6-4-troubleshooting-guide/#graphics
We on the After Effects team have been recommending staying with Mac OSX v10.6.3, but the above document gives some clues about what one might do if stuck on Mac OSX v10.6.4.
add me to the list of mac users with OS X 10.6.4 and having massive open GL issues. More and more, i feel that apple is abandoning its pro users.
Same problem here.
Mac Pro MAC OS X 10.6.4 with NVIDIA GeForce GT120
I turned off the Open GL, waiting to see if it will crash again.
Apple should address and solve this issue.
Running AE CS5 (10.0) and SnowLeopard (10.6.4 Build 10F569) on a MacPro 3,1 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz, 16 GB, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT - driver 2.1 NVIDIA-1.6.16
Note: I'm running AE CS3 (8.0.2) instead on the same Mac configuration and with the same AE project (originally made in CS3) without any problems.
I didn't try AE CS4.
With open GL off. The problem is less but it still happens. Just be careful. Once, the file I was working on was corrupted after it crashes. Just remember to save ur files multiple copies or better. Turn on the tine machine.
On the Go...
Apple has publicly acknowledged this: http://appletoolbox.com/2010/07/mac-os-x-10-6-4-troubleshooting-guide/ #graphics
are you implying that this is an official acknowledgement by Apple?... doesn't look "official" to me
Nope.. after installing update.. turned on openGL in Photoshop CS5 and after enough work to frustrate me losing.. screen started flickering and system freezes again. On new MacPro 2.93 dual Quad-core system.. 16GB RAM, with two NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 cards
Thanks for the feedback. If it's Photoshop that's still got problems, please let folks over on the Photoshop forum know. Here's a thread on that forum about this update: