7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2010 11:05 AM by AndyMP
smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hello everyone,

I'm asking this question for a friend who has a brand new iMac. She is using OS 10.6.4, and is using DSL through AT&T.

She gets an error message that I have never seen before (and I've been using a Mac since 1985). She forwarded a picture of the error message to me, and what it looks like is a black background with a small white border, and the icon of the Apple power button in the background (on top of the black background). The message says the following:

"You need to restart your computer. Hold down the power button for several seconds or press the restart button".

Below this, I'm guessing it says the same thing but it is in 3 additional languages.

I have never seen an Apple product with an error message that is inside of a black window that just appears on-screen like that. And the thing that has me scratching my head is that it says to restart by holding down the power button for several seconds. Well, in my opinion, that's not a restart---that is a FORCED restart. If this was a legitimate Apple message, wouldn't they be more specific as to what it is you're doing---and why???

This whole thing makes no sense to me, so I wanted to check here and see if anyone is familiar with this type of thing.

She also said that ever since this has been happening, there has been a "hesitation" in the wireless keyboard and the wireless mouse responding (both have full battery levels). And then just before the "restart" message appears, she told me that a grey film came down across the screen just prior to the restart message window appearing.

Any thoughts on this? Thank you so much!

27 inch iMac and MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Airport Extreme and Airport Express for printing
  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Ah, okay....in that very first link that you provided, it shows the exact picture of the message that she received. I will have to read through all of this stuff to figure out what it is (I've never heard of a kernel panic attack).

    Just off the top of your head, is there a simple explanation as to what might have caused it to occur? Something like a virus that might have been downloaded or something? I'm a heavy user of my Mac's, and I've never experienced anything like that. Weird.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,825 points)
    Normally, some kind of hardware conflict or issue. Read through the first four items and you should get a feel for what's caused it or for what to do to determine the cause.
  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Okay, sounds good. Thank you very much!
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,825 points)
    Thanks for the feedback. If you come across something that doesn't fix the issue, come back. Good computing.
  • AndyMP Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I just had this happen after owning an IMac since January 09. Worried because I haven't added anything new in the way of hardware or software although just before it, Firefox kept on crashing (because of Flash I think). I'll check out those links...
  • AndyMP Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Right before this incident, Firefox had been crashing and restarting repeatedly - flash wasn't working, not sure if that was the culprit. I closed Firefox down and used Chrome, but while the computer was just sitting not being used I got the restart message. Here is the report :

    Sun Aug 15 17:50:41 2010
    panic(cpu 0 caller 0x2347f2): "zalloc: \"uthreads\" (231720 elements) retry fail 3, kfreenopcount: 0"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1504.7.4/osfmk/kern/zalloc.c:981
    Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
    0x36723ca8 : 0x21b455 (0x5cf328 0x36723cdc 0x2238b1 0x0)
    0x36723cf8 : 0x2347f2 (0x588114 0x5c1ab7 0x38928 0x3)
    0x36723d98 : 0x234e3e (0x2be3304 0x1 0x36723de8 0x24ef9124)
    0x36723db8 : 0x479479 (0x2be3304 0x0 0x36723dd8 0x4c9e4e)
    0x36723df8 : 0x22d893 (0x7f1f1f4 0x24f5b000 0x1 0x0)
    0x36723e68 : 0x22de00 (0x3 0x36723e8c 0x125f13d4 0x6a81900)
    0x36723e98 : 0x4c84dd (0x7f1f1f4 0x4c9e4e 0x36723efc 0x4fc141)
    0x36723f18 : 0x4ca34b (0x3 0x1 0x6394f10 0x863ea0)
    0x36723f78 : 0x22fb84 (0x6394000 0x0 0x36723fc8 0x227803)
    0x36723fc8 : 0x29e6cc (0x863ea0 0x0 0x10 0x24f56320)

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task

    Mac OS version:

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 10.4.0: Fri Apr 23 18:28:53 PDT 2010; root:xnu-1504.7.4~1/RELEASE_I386
    System model name: iMac8,1 (Mac-F227BEC8)

    System uptime in nanoseconds: 1035781767181184
    vm objects:22523084
    vm object hash entri:2011440
    non-kernel map entri:7529280
    kernel map entries:2875356
    vm pages:22635800
    ipc ports:27082832
    x86_64 saved state:66737664
    HFS node:7419500
    HFS fork:3339168
    ubc_info zone:1187280
    vstruct zone:3533280
    Kernel Stacks:1703936
    unloaded kexts:
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    Message was edited by: AndyMP