iMac gives message to restart over and over (help)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rsted222, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2011
    Looks like I won't be waiting for the iMac refresh after all.

    Okay, so my current '06 intel iMac gives me a message (in several languages) with a BIG power-button icon and tells me to restart. Problem is, this message keeps coming back when I restart.

  2. macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    that would be a kernel panic

    basically your KEXT files (drivers) have errors

    if you read into the error about line 20 or so it will tell you what process caused the error if you care to try and decipher the error message

    best thing to do is a reinstall of the OS when this happens, then run software updates

    make sure to choose an Archive and Install from the os disc if you are running 10.4 or 10.5.
    10.6 will do this automatically for you

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