"your computer needs to restart" dialoge

Posted by: clarkbar6

"your computer needs to restart" dialoge - 01/12/06 08:51 AM

ok so i am about to inherit an imac g4 700mhz from a friend. the reason hes getting rid of it is that every few minutes, sometimes right after starting up, and seemingly for no reason, the screen greys and the box comes up in the middle with a picture of the power button giving me instructions on how to restart the machine in like 4 languages. what could be causing this, and is it something a hard drive wipe and clean install would help?

Post edited by: clarkbar6, at: 2006/01/12 16:52
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re:\"your computer needs to restart\" dialoge - 01/12/06 09:06 AM

This is what we call a Kernel Panic, and yes a reinstall (often just an archive & install) will usually stop them from happening. They can be caused by incompatible or faulty hardware, but its usually either software or bad RAM.
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re:\"your computer needs to restart\" dialoge - 01/12/06 11:28 AM

Reinstall and if it still acts up try swaping out memory. I had a similer problem with my old iMac and it was due to memory problems.
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re:\"your computer needs to restart\" dialoge - 01/12/06 01:07 PM

I have had similar issues that ended up being bad RAM as well. wink