X Plane crashes and goes to login screen in Mac OSX?

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asked Mar 12 by Christian Eisbrenner (12 points)

Hi, guys 

I searched the forum but could not find anything likewise so I am posting here. The problem here is, that x Plane crashes when playing X Plane 11 demo version while mirroring it to a 21"Samsung Monitor. There is no crash report window or likewise. Also I haven't found any crash reports. The game quits straight into the login Screen of Mac OSX

How to reproduce?

- connect external Samsung screen via HDMI cable

- Launch X Plane

- see  the start screen of the game for a couple of seconds

- game quits to Mac OSX login screen

What have I tried so far?

- disconnect HDMI cable (game works flawlessly)

- tried other HDMI cables (same issue)

- Tried with another Mac Book on another screen (works fine...)

Tech specs of my machine:

- Mac Book Pro (Retina - 15 inch, Mid 2015)

- Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7

- Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

- Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB (built in Graphics card)

- Mac OSX 10.13.3

Tech specs for second Mac (which work fine):

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) 

Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 3210M “Ivy Bridge” (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) 

Memory: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM 

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536MB RAM (Shared with main memory)

- Mac OSX 10.13.3

Does anyone had the same issue and can let me know how to resolve it or does anyone have any ideas? I am willing to buy the game as soon as the issue is resolved but not before.

Thanks in advance.

Christian

1 Answer

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answered Mar 12 by jroberts (17,635 points)
It sounds like the sim works when you only use the laptop. I'm surprised it crashes before getting to the settings screen to configure the 2nd monitor. It could be something with how the 2nd monitor is configured in the OS settings, or X-Plane could be overloaded by trying to draw on both screens. In general, if the machine is shutting down (I'm unsure how else it would just log out to the sign in screen) it is due to hardware failure--X-Plane can't shut down the machine or log out on its own.

You are correct--the full version will perform exactly the same though so you should not purchase it if it doesn't work as you desire. One thing you can try is resetting to default preferences in case there is a bad screen pref saved: Move the preferences folder (found in the Output folder) to the desktop, then restart X‑Plane and default preferences will be restored. If the default preferences do not fix your problem, you can simply replace them with the folder you moved to the desktop and restore your personalized settings.
commented Mar 12 by Christian Eisbrenner (12 points)
HI jroberts,

thanks first of all for the answer. I forgot to mention that I only have one external screen running. The Mac Book Pro screen is closed so there technically only one screen involved. Also, what I don't understand a second person tried to mirror it with an older Mac Book to a 42" Samsung TV and it worked fine (ok forget the frame rate but thats another story...

I tried the steps outlined above and it still has the same issue. Funnily sometimes (1 out of 10-20 times) it works and I am able to fly etc. But I absolutely don't have a clue what settings to make?! Any help would be more than appreciated.
commented Mar 12 by jroberts (17,635 points)
Can you walk me through the exact steps you take to set up the machines and start X-Plane, for both when it works and when it crashes? Maybe that will help me understand the set up better.
commented Mar 12 by Christian Eisbrenner (12 points)
Of course I gladly will but first to your shutdown theory:

Even though Mac machines with Flash drives are booting at a lightning speed, it takes barely three seconds between the blank black screen and then to a login screen. What speaks for your theory is the fact that every website and program has to be reloaded.

Now for the step by step guide of how to crash your Mac System ;-) (btw X PLane is the first program to ever fulfil this to that stage to any of my macs...):

- Start up your Mac

- connect Mac Book Pro via HDMI cable to second screen

- close MacBook screen and only work with the mirroring screen

- download XP11 demo version

- install it

- go to the XP 11 folder

- Start XP11 with the Icon inside the folder

- Alternative 1: wait 3-5 seconds and welcome to your Mac OSX login screen.

- Alternative 2: play XP 11 on a 42" screen (if you can live with a VERY low framerate and if you want to use your MacBook as a heater you can do this at the sane.

Ha! I found a log report.... Pasting it contents below:

log.txt for X-Plane 11.11r2 (build 111101 64-bit)
 compiled on Dec 19 2017 15:25:13
X-Plane started on Mon Mar 12 19:31:07 2018

This log file is generated automatically by Laminar Research applications and contains diagnostics about your graphics hardware, installation, and any error conditions.
If you need to contact tech support or file a bug, please send us this file. NOTE: this file is rewritten every time you start ANY of your X-System applications.

macOS: Version 10.13.3 (Build 17D102)
CPU type: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770HQ CPU @ 2.20GHz CPU speed (mhz): 2200 Bus speed (mhz): 100 RAM (MB): 16384

X-System folder:'/Users/chris/Desktop/X-Plane 11/', case sensitive=0

OpenGL Vendor    : Intel Inc.
OpenGL Render    : Intel Iris Pro OpenGL Engine
OpenGL Version   : 2.1 INTEL-10.30.14 (210/0)
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threaded_avail   : 1    aniso_avail      : 1    timer_avail      : 1    sync/fence       : 1
pbo_avail        : 1    frameblit_avail  : 1    framebuffer_msaa : 1
gpu_shad4_avail  : 1    shad_lod_avail   : 1    array_tex_avail  : 1    texture_rg       : 1
tex_float_avail  : 1    seamless_avail   : 1    drawbuf2_avail   : 1    packed_stencil   : 1
framebuffer_srgb : 1    copy_buf_avail   : 0    ubo_avail        : 0    gshader_avail    : 0
base_vert_avail  : 1    tex_multi_avail  : 0
instance_avail   : 1    tess_avail       : 0    viewport_arr     : 0    tex_storage      : 0
buf_storage      : 0    program binary   : 0
pinned_avail     : 0    debug_avail      : 0
max tex units    : 8 (16/8)
max iso filtering: 16.000000
max texture size : 16384 (hardware limit)
max point size   : 255.875000
idx in vram      : 1
GLSL Version     :1.20/120
(16/4096/60/16/16/4096/4096/0)
This video card is: DX10 or 11 - With instancing
CPU count        : 8
OpenAL devices: QUAD-CAPTURE
Open AL default device:QUAD-CAPTURE
OpenAL vendor    : Apple Computer Inc.
OpenAL renderer  : Software
OpenAL version   : 1.1
OpenAL hardware  : QUAD-CAPTURE
OpenAL extensions: ALC_EXT_CAPTURE ALC_ENUMERATION_EXT ALC_EXT_MAC_OSX ALC_EXT_ASA ALC_EXT_ASA_DISTORTION ALC_EXT_ASA_ROGER_BEEP AL_EXT_OFFSET AL_EXT_LINEAR_DISTANCE AL_EXT_EXPONENT_DISTANCE AL_EXT_float32 AL_EXT_STATIC_BUFFER AL_EXT_SOURCE_NOTIFICATIONS AL_EXT_SOURCE_SPATIALIZATION

Fetching plugins for /Users/chris/Desktop/X-Plane 11/Resources/plugins

Loaded: /Users/chris/Desktop/X-Plane 11/Resources/plugins/PluginAdmin/mac.xpl (xpsdk.examples.pluginadmin).
commented Mar 17 by Christian Eisbrenner (12 points)
Any news?

Christian
commented Mar 30 by jroberts (17,635 points)
Hi Christian,

I finally got a chance to try this today. I attached my MBA to an external monitor and tried both X-Plane 11.11 & 11.20. I was not able to reproduce a crash in either version while using the sim on only the external monitor, with the laptop closed.

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