HELP!! Forced Restart??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jmdavis, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. jmdavis macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I have and iMac G4 with the following:
    Hardware Overview:

    Machine Name: iMac
    Machine Model: PowerMac4,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 800 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 100 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.3.5f1
    Serial Number: QT2130UWLF4

    For whatever reason I keep getting these error pages that tell me I have to restart my computer (in several languages). It doesn't appear to be software specific and happens only sporadically. I'll be working, surfing, importing and the screen will stop, go gray and a prompt will tell me I have to restart and how to do it.
    What's going on?
    I recently bought this computer used from a friend. He wiped out the harddrive and we added my admin name and downloaded iLife. We ran disk warrior at the time (about 4 days ago) and everything came up clean.
    Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    #2
    You're getting kernel panics:

    LINK

    It could be any number of things causing them, from bad RAM to corrupt software to incompatible third party stuff to bad peripheral drivers.

    Are you sure it's not the same thing you keep doing that sets it off...? Or at least, something similar?
     
  3. jmdavis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    not completely sure. At first I thought it was an iTunes issue because it happened during import. Today it seems like an internet problem. Makes me think it's a hardware issue but I have no idea.

    What can I do to fix it??
     
  4. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    If you have a tech savvy friend, you can have them look at your logs. I'm assuming you don't, however, or else you wouldn't be posting here.

    I would do the basic stuff like:

    1. Repair permissions

    2. Software Update

    3. Make sure your third party applications are up to date

    4. If you have external stuff plugged in, like hard drives or scanners or printers, disconnect them.

    Do all this and use your iMac for a day or two and see if it goes away. If it doesn't, you may need to reinstall your OS (do an archive and install). If it does, then plugs your peripherals back in. If it doesn't come back, you're good. If it does, maybe try disconnecting the peripherals one at a time and see if it works.

    But really, it's probably as simple as steps 1 & 2 and not much else will be needed.

    You didn't install anything new (hardware or software) recently...?
     

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