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    Aug 27, 2009
    iMac5, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.16 GHz, 3 GB, and a similar Mac Mini, both on SL
    Strange Crash
    I Just had my screen go slightly dark, dropping like a curtain.

    Then a notice came up in a few different languages that said I needed to shut my iMac down using the power button on the back of my Mac and then restart it using the power button.

    It made a report after it restarted. I made a copy of that report that I submitted if you could decipher anything from it.

    What was that? I've never had that happen before. I was just surfing the net at the time and only had Safari and Mail active, maybe Calendar.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    That was what is known as a "kernel panic". They're usually caused by hardware problems but can also be caused by software. If it happens again, make a note of what you were doing at the time. Also be sure to open your crash log and read it. Sometimes you can get useful information as to what caused the crash.

    To check the log: Applications -> Utilities -> Highlight the "crash reporter" and read the entries.


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    May 19, 2007
    This happens to me as well, and it started after I upgraded to Snow Leopard. I think it has happened three times in the past month, and all three times I was only using Safari.

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    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    27 iMac+Thunderbolt, iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    Sometimes resetting the PRAM can help - see here

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