Why does the StarTools crash under heavy load on my older macOS device?

If StarTools appears to be unstable on your older (up to 2014) macOS device, particularly when using bigger datasets, then this may be due to an underpowered iGPU solution. Particularly the second and third generation Intel-based macOS devices are equipped with minimal GPU acceleration.

In such cases, the intergrated GPU may get overwhelmed and time out causing a watchdog to reset the graphics driver. If this is the case, then the best course of action is to force StarTools to use the CPU, rather than the GPU. To do so, create an empty file named 'openclforcecpu.cfg' (case sensitive - e.g. all lower case) in the StarTools folder.



Download

One ZIP archive contains Windows, macOS and Linux versions of StarTools. Do not download StarTools from anywhere else but startools.org. We do not allow distribution of StarTools by any other party, on-line or off-line.

Please consult the FAQ section about configuring your system properly.


macOS notes

Users may have to "unquarantine" StarTools, before the OS allows it to run. Alternatively StarTools can be launched via control + clicking (right clicking) on the application, Show Package Contents, navigating to Contents/MacOS and clicking on the application.

The following command unquarantines StarTools;

xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine StarTools.app

See the screenshots for more information, or download this detailed guide.


Download stable

StarTools 1.8.527 Maintenance Release 2 for Windows, macOS (Universal Binary with native M1 support), and Linux

Latest version released 2022-02-24 (YYYY/MM/DD), size 6.8MB


Unofficial English manual

Unofficial English StarTools 1.8 Manual (164MB), last updated 2022-01-05, improved with extra tips, tricks and information from various sources.

Many thanks to J. Scharmann for putting together this excellent work, as well as its German translation.


Unofficial German manual / Inoffizielle Deutsche Anleitung

Inoffizielle StarTools 1.8 Anleitung in Deutsch (164MB), letztes Update 2022-01-05.

Vielen Dank an J. Scharmann für die ausgezeichnete Übersetzung.


Unoffical Spanish manual / Manual en Espanol

Manual de StarToolsBasado en la versión 1.8 al español (19MB). Ultima actualizacion 2022-03-09.

Muchas gracias a C. R. Guixé por la excelente traducción.


English manual

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