Spontaneous restart?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jent, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    I have a 2.0GHz MacBook with 2GB of RAM. It is starting to feel a bit slow, but it runs well and I don't do much that's too processor intensive. I had a few tabs open in Safari, iTunes, and Mail.app. My MacBook restarted without warning, which in over four years of ownership has never happened. It's running Mac OS X 10.6.6 and generally runs smooth and reliable. Any ideas as to what happened?
  2. Peachiihime macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2011
    MacBooks are quite notorious for random restarts/shutdowns. It's happened about twice to me. It might be that something running in the background is taking up a lot of the CPU. Finder also does it sometimes. If you go to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor you will be able to see what processes are running and how much cpu they're using. Maybe a screenshot of that would help?
  3. jent thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    It just happened again, but I wasn't actively using the computer. I had the Finder and Safari open, but no pages loaded, then I went to read. After fifteen minutes, it restarted. Can I somehow remedy this?
  4. Sadaharu macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    yeah - this has been happening to my pre-unibody macbook pro 10.6.7 fairly frequently. anyone have a solution?
  5. DockMac macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008

    Using Snow Leopard, I got spontaneous restarts when hitting PLAY on Keynote Presentations. I was luckily enough to have it only happen during rehersals and not the real thing. Have no idea what it was.

    Oh yeah, Black Macbook Late 2006.
  6. ViPhone macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    Agreed. You might also want to check how much memory you're using. Could be too little, which will cause major problems.

    Buy yeah, they just do that a lot.
  7. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    Mooresville, NC
    Mine has done this off and on for all 4 years I've had it. Sometimes it has a heavy load, other times it doesn't. Never have figured out why. I haven't encountered this issue for several months.

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