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In article <20030630111636966-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>, matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote: > In <9d04393c.0306300959.30c33c76posting.google.com > Gene D. wrote: > > I am running OS X on an iBook and recently have received a screen > > while using Safari that said: > > "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the PowerButton for > > several seconds or press the Restart Button. This message is in 4 > > languages and you have to restart. > > This has happened twice recently and I don't have a clue as to what > > causes this. Can anyone help. > > That's a kernel ...

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    Default Re: OS X required restart message

    In article <20030630111636966-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>,
    matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote:
    > In <9d04393c.0306300959.30c33c76posting.google.com > Gene D. wrote:
    > > I am running OS X on an iBook and recently have received a screen
    > > while using Safari that said:
    > > "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the PowerButton for
    > > several seconds or press the Restart Button. This message is in 4
    > > languages and you have to restart.
    > > This has happened twice recently and I don't have a clue as to what
    > > causes this. Can anyone help.
    >
    > That's a kernel panic. Typically this is a hardware problem; could be
    > bad RAM, could be something connected to the computer. m.
    I've had it happen when running Return to Castle Wolfenstein on a
    machine that may not have had enough VRAM for the graphics.
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    Default Re: OS X required restart message

    In <orac-0A81A1.14295130062003host9.newsfeeds.com> Orac wrote:
    > In article <20030630111636966-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>,
    > matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote:
    >
    >> In <9d04393c.0306300959.30c33c76posting.google.com > Gene D. wrote:
    >> > I am running OS X on an iBook and recently have received a screen
    >> > while using Safari that said:
    >> > "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the PowerButton for
    >> > several seconds or press the Restart Button. This message is in 4
    >> > languages and you have to restart.
    >> > This has happened twice recently and I don't have a clue as to what
    >> > causes this. Can anyone help.
    >>
    >> That's a kernel panic. Typically this is a hardware problem; could be
    >> bad RAM, could be something connected to the computer. m.
    >
    > I've had it happen when running Return to Castle Wolfenstein on a
    > machine that may not have had enough VRAM for the graphics.
    Yes, Return to CW is often cited in this context. But my impression was
    that this showed you had bad RAM (i.e. it was exposing areas of RAM that
    weren't getting worked out enough otherwise). I could be wrong about
    this, though; Orac is the one with the game, not me, so my impression (
    gathered mostly from reading postings by others on the topic) may not be
    worth anything on that score. m.


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    In article <20030630121114516-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>,
    matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote:
    > In <orac-0A81A1.14295130062003host9.newsfeeds.com> Orac wrote:
    > > In article <20030630111636966-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>,
    > > matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >> In <9d04393c.0306300959.30c33c76posting.google.com > Gene D. wrote:
    > >> > I am running OS X on an iBook and recently have received a screen
    > >> > while using Safari that said:
    > >> > "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the PowerButton for
    > >> > several seconds or press the Restart Button. This message is in 4
    > >> > languages and you have to restart.
    > >> > This has happened twice recently and I don't have a clue as to what
    > >> > causes this. Can anyone help.
    > >>
    > >> That's a kernel panic. Typically this is a hardware problem; could be
    > >> bad RAM, could be something connected to the computer. m.
    > >
    > > I've had it happen when running Return to Castle Wolfenstein on a
    > > machine that may not have had enough VRAM for the graphics.
    >
    > Yes, Return to CW is often cited in this context. But my impression was
    > that this showed you had bad RAM (i.e. it was exposing areas of RAM that
    > weren't getting worked out enough otherwise). I could be wrong about
    > this, though; Orac is the one with the game, not me, so my impression (
    > gathered mostly from reading postings by others on the topic) may not be
    > worth anything on that score. m.
    I'm just guessing, because it did it quite frequently on my old G4/450
    tower, even though I had 768 MB of RAM and no other application I ran on
    it had caused a kernel panic--ever--including games. It also did it
    occasionally on my Titanium PowerBook (500 MHz), which also had 768 MB
    of RAM. The only thing I could think of was that I didn't have enough
    VRAM on my older machine. On my DP 1.42 GHz G4 it's never done it even
    once.
    --
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    |
    |"If you cannot listen to the answers, why do you
    | inconvenience me with questions?"
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    In article <9d04393c.0306300959.30c33c76posting.google.com >,
    Gene D. <gene1930mac.com> wrote:
    >I am running OS X on an iBook and recently have received a screen
    >while using Safari that said:
    >"You need to restart your computer. Hold down the PowerButton for
    >several seconds or press the Restart Button. This message is in 4
    >languages and you have to restart.
    >This has happened twice recently and I don't have a clue as to what
    >causes this. Can anyone help.
    That's a kernel panic. Unfortunately, there's no good way to get the
    "real" error message out of the Mac anymore - in theory, it should be logged
    in the crash log, but in practice, I never got good logs out of 'em.

    When my Mac did this, it needed a new processor module.

    -s
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