Restart Computer because OS X Unexpectedly Quit

alielizadubois

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Feb 25, 2007
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Brooklyn, NY
This has happened two or three times to me in the past few months. (I have had my computer for less than 6 months).

It is usually when I am browsing the net.

The screen will dim, and a black window will show telling me in many languages that I need to restart my computer. There is the power button showing in the background of the box.

I restart, and there is a message saying that the computer was restarted because OS X Unexpectedly Quit.

Why is it doing this and how can I fix it??

Thanks!
 

ghall

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Jun 27, 2006
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That would be a kernel panic. If it's happened repeatedly there's possibly a hardware problem. The link I gave you should have any info you might need. If you need anything clarified, I'd be glad to help.
 

marioman38

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Aug 8, 2006
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Happened to me before. I believe it was something Java related, but they happen for many reasons. This isn't a problem unless it happens more frequently. Mine tends to do that when I haven't restarted in awhile (over 15 days) It happens to everyone eventually. A general cause is bad RAM, but doesn't sound like that's what you've got. You'll want to contact Apple if it happens alot.
 

motulist

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Dec 2, 2003
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Do the intel Macs have kernel panics more than the PPCs? Because at MOST, I get one maybe once a year, but I think it's even less.
 

DaftUnion

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Feb 22, 2005
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Maybe memory installed or something aftermarket? Just a thought. If you haven't done this and this consistently happens, maybe a software reinstall would be a good idea in this case.
 

alielizadubois

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Original poster
Feb 25, 2007
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Brooklyn, NY
Im worried because it has happened at least 2 times (maybe 3) in the last few months.
I have not installed anything new. Im sure it only happens when I am browsing on the net, because thats what I do most often.

Should I take it to a Mac Genius, or try reinstalling myself (Im a little worried about that too... how do I do it? I should back everything up first, yes??)

I don't want whatever it is to become a bigger problem... I love my computer and brag about it all the time, lol, what would I do if something were wrong?????
 

IJ Reilly

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Jul 16, 2002
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Do not, repeat, do not reinstall OSX! Not only is this very unlikely to help, it could easily make the situation worse.

Check the advice in the linked guide. These are the sane and logical troubleshooting steps. Note that reinstalling OSX is not one of them.

In the vast majority of cases, kernel panics that occur frequently are indications of a hardware problem, generally with RAM.
 

dasein

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Jun 7, 2007
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If you're running 10.4.10 on wireless and battery power, the problem is the update. There are quite a few discussions going on with the problem. It's Apple's problem and word is a fix is in the works soon. As best as anyone can guess, it has to do with the power management algorithm. If none of the above applies to you, it could be hardware.
 

S281

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Jul 26, 2007
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Mine has been having this same error as well, at least twice every day, but I haven't installed any third party hardware or software lately. I'm guessing the latest OS update could be the problem, but It does it on AC and battery power equally as much... should I take mine to an Apple genius?
 

theBB

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Mine has been having this same error as well, at least twice every day, but I haven't installed any third party hardware or software lately. I'm guessing the latest OS update could be the problem, but It does it on AC and battery power equally as much... should I take mine to an Apple genius?
Yes, get it looked at. Twice a day is way too much. I've had maybe twice in 18 months on an intel iMac.