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Mac OS X Shutdown Issues

By Brinley-CNET ·
My Macintosh running OS X has been rock solid for a year. Recently, I've noticed some very peculiar behavior. The screen gets a little wacky. My background image gets fuzzy in spots. Windows that I close leave remnants on top of other windows. Little dots appear around my pointer. Eventually (normally sooner than later), my menu bar at the top of the screen flashes red. A shade drops from the top of the screen to the bottom. And then a window pops up telling me to restart in a dozen different languages. Sometimes I can go all day with it happening only once. Sometimes it happens every 10 minutes.

I'm running Mac OS 10.2 on a 15" 766 Mhz iMac. Has anybody else run into this? Does anybody have any ideas?

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by gmann125 In reply to Mac OS X Shutdown Issues

It's trying to tell you that you need a PC.

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by ewiser In reply to Mac OS X Shutdown Issues

You are getting a kernel panic whci si caused generally my a hardware problem. You might want to run the hard ware test cd that came with your mac.

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by Brinley-CNET In reply to

I posted to a local Mac forum and I'm getting the same message from them. It sounds like a piece of hardware (possibly Ethernet or AirPort card) might be going out. I'm going to try TechTool Pro and then I'll try the hardware test CD. Thanks for the advice!

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