WTF! MacBook asks me to restart 2-3 times a day!


Gandhi

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What exactly in terms of software is instructing you to restart? Only restarts I have to do are when Apple released security and software updates - and even those you can choose when you want them applied on your computer - which happens once or twice a month.
 

MacAficionado

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Kernel Panics

Do a software update. Apple last week released an update that should help you with that issue. I bet you it is the Airport driver.

Unless you have some cheap ValueRam of some sort, that would be the most likely cause.
 

Martin C

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Nov 5, 2006
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No, a gig of Apple stock RAM. All I had open was Safari and Mail. It has also asked me to restart/kernel panicked when in PS CS3.
 

oingoboingo

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The title says it all, I don't know what to do.
Is this the multi-lingual restart message on the translucent grey background with the large picture of the "Power On/Off" symbol? If so, that's a kernel panic. If it's happening regularly, you might want to think about running the Apple Hardware Tool that comes on your OS X restore discs. It will scan your hardware for any faults. Faulty RAM in particular can cause this type of behaviour. How do I know? I just had to replace a faulty 1GB SO-DIMM in my PowerBook last week that was causing the same symptoms. :mad:
 

Gandhi

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Some options (and I would recommend you do them in this order)

1) Fire up Software Update and get the latest patches and updates.
2) Go in to Disk Utility and repair permissions on your HDD.
3) Reset the SMC - see here
4) Use the disks that came in the box to check your hardware
5) Take it to your local Apple store and have them fix it if it is not resolved by now
 

Martin C

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Nov 5, 2006
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oingoboingo, the same exact window you are talking about keeps popping up.

I installed an Intel update and an AirPort update and all those tests seemed to go smoothly.

I'll let you guys know if I kernel panic again. Thanks so much for all the tips on tests that all seemed to run smoothly.