Restart Leads to Major Malfunction

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SteveAbootman, Mar 27, 2013.

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    SteveAbootman

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    #1
    This doesn't look good...

    My 2008 Dual Core iMac that's had no previous hardware issues has apparently reached the end of it's life. I restarted it last night and was greeted with something that reminded me of the 8 bit Nintendo days. Wondering if anyone else has encountered a similar looking screen and what steps I might take to fix this, or at least recover some of my files. Most are backed up but I'd really like a working computer again.

    Things I've thought might be able to fix the problem that I'm planning on trying when I get home:

    1) Swapping out the upgraded RAM I put in about 3 months ago with the stock RAM that came with the machine.
    2) Figuring out a way to run a Boot CD (is there a Mac equivalent to Knoppix?) and try to recover the Hard Drive
    3) Pray

    Anything I could be missing here? If not, looks like I'm in the market for a new Mac.

    (Note: The error message just says I need to restart the computer, which obviously doesn't solve the problem. The message is then repeated in different languages.)
     

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    GGJstudios

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    #2
    Have you tried simply restarting it again? If you get a screen that looks like this:
    [​IMG]
    It's called a kernel panic. If it doesn't happen again, or very infrequently, you don't need to worry about it.
    If it does happen again, this may help:
     
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    SteveAbootman

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    Looks like some good resources. I'll check them out. Thanks!

    I tried restarting 3 times last night, each time with the same unfortunate result which led me to believe the hard drive became corrupted. On 2 of the 3 restarts I unplugged all peripherals I had plugged into the machine as well to see if that made a difference.
     
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    "Swapping out the upgraded RAM I put in about 3 months ago with the stock RAM that came with the machine."

    DO THIS FIRST.

    What happens next?
     

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