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I have been experiencing Kernel Panics rather too frequently lately, twice a week or so. Most of the time it won't wake from sleep but occasionally it's the onscreen message telling me to restart

20" 2.4 Alu iMac running 10.5.8

Any help appreciated. I have tried permissions, SMC & PRAM. The hardware test I ran a while back came up with nothing
Thanks in advance

Latest Kernel panic below:

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Interval Since Last Panic Report: 170445 sec
Panics Since Last Report: 1
Anonymous UUID: 81F25003-7A09-474A-A245-F1BD1FAD5654

Tue Aug 18 22:26:42 2009
panic(cpu 1 caller 0x00143764): "zalloc: \\"kalloc.4096\\" (66 elements) retry fail 3"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1228.15.4/osfmk/kern/zalloc.c:966
Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
0x5b19bbf8 : 0x12b4c6 (0x45f91c 0x5b19bc2c 0x13355c 0x0)
0x5b19bc48 : 0x143764 (0x4614d8 0x460150 0x42 0x3)
0x5b19bce8 : 0x12fdc2 (0x1e5745c 0x1 0x5b19bd98 0x142281)
0x5b19bd18 : 0x12fde1 (0x820 0x1 0x5b19bd58 0x3f1478)
0x5b19bd38 : 0x3f6068 (0x820 0x12b8c7c0 0x5b19bd68 0x12fde1)
0x5b19bd78 : 0x3f616e (0x29bccc00 0x1ff 0x5b19bdb8 0x708df80)
0x5b19bda8 : 0x3f6271 (0x29bccc00 0x1fe 0x708df80 0x410526)
0x5b19bdd8 : 0x410595 (0x29bccc00 0x708df80 0x1 0x69424c0)
0x5b19bdf8 : 0x414896 (0x69424c0 0x70d1dc0 0x0 0x3f14a4)
0x5b19be48 : 0x414a49 (0x70d1dc0 0x4 0x0 0x1a4389)
0x5b19be68 : 0xd0fd5d (0x70d1dc0 0x0 0xde 0x1a17a0)
0x5b19bf08 : 0xd104f2 (0x708ca00 0x708ca00 0x70ae700 0x136e92)
0x5b19bf28 : 0x4293b4 (0x708ca00 0x70ae700 0x5508d000 0x1)
0x5b19bf78 : 0x13ebde (0x70ae700 0x70d790f 0x0 0x0)
0x5b19bfc8 : 0x1a14fc (0x522b60 0x0 0x1a40b5 0x6bd9cc0)
Backtrace terminated-invalid frame pointer 0
Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
com.ximeta.driver.NDASFamily(1.6.5)@0xd0d000->0xd26fff
dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIArchitectureModelFamily(2.1. 1)@0x5dc000

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task

Mac OS version:
9L30

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 9.8.0: Wed Jul 15 16:55:01 PDT 2009; root:xnu-1228.15.4~1/RELEASE_I386
System model name: iMac7,1 (Mac-F4238CC8)

System uptime in nanoseconds: 199086180449622
vm objects:6414800
kernel map entries:5578716
pv_list:1741488
kalloc.32:2650112
kalloc.64:3166208
kalloc.128:127176704
vm pages:43919172
ipc ports:1071840
MAC Labels:2461140
socket:802405440
vnodes:9596160
namecache:3361920
HFS node:14913024
HFS fork:3499328
buf.512:3158016
buf.4096:7249920
buf.8192:69189632
ubc_info zone:1232160
Kernel Stacks:1933312
PageTables:16007168
Kalloc.Large:4770010
unloaded kexts:
com.apple.driver.IOBluetoothHIDDriver\t2.1.8f2 - last unloaded 175524251177031
loaded kexts:
com.ximeta.nke.netlpx\t2.1.0
com.ximeta.driver.NDASFamily\t1.6.5
com.apple.driver.IOBluetoothHIDDriver\t2.1.8f2 - last loaded 169144357394729
com.apple.filesystems.udf\t2.0.2
com.apple.driver.IOBluetoothBNEPDriver\t2.1.8f2
com.apple.iokit.IOBluetoothSerialManager\t2.1.8f2
com.apple.filesystems.autofs\t2.0.2
com.apple.driver.AppleUpstreamUserClient\t2.7.5
com.apple.driver.AppleHDA\t1.7.1a2
com.apple.kext.ATY_Hypoprion\t5.4.8
com.apple.driver.AppleHWSensor\t1.9d0
com.apple.iokit.IOFireWireIP\t1.7.7
com.apple.Dont_Steal_Mac_OS_X\t6.0.3
com.apple.driver.AppleHDAController\t1.7.1a2
com.apple.ATIRadeonX2000\t5.4.8
com.apple.driver.AppleIRController\t113
com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin\t3.4.0a17
com.apple.driver.AppleLPC\t1.3.1
com.apple.driver.AppleBacklight\t1.6.0
com.apple.driver.AudioIPCDriver\t1.0.6
com.apple.driver.CSRUSBBluetoothHCIController\t2.1 .8f2
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBHIDMouse\t1.2.4b3
com.apple.driver.AppleHIDKeyboard\t1.0.9b4
com.apple.driver.Oxford_Semi\t2.0.9
com.apple.iokit.IOUSBMassStorageClass\t2.0.8
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBMergeNub\t3.4.6
com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIMultimediaCommandsDevice\t2. 1.1
com.apple.iokit.SCSITaskUserClient\t2.1.1
com.apple.driver.XsanFilter\t2.7.91
com.apple.iokit.IOATAPIProtocolTransport\t1.5.3
com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage\t1.2.2
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBHub\t3.4.9
com.apple.iokit.IOUSBUserClient\t3.4.9
com.apple.driver.AppleAHCIPort\t1.7.0
com.apple.driver.AppleIntelPIIXATA\t2.0.1
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBEHCI\t3.4.6
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBUHCI\t3.3.5
com.apple.iokit.AppleYukon2\t3.1.13b2
com.apple.driver.AirPortBrcm43xx\t365.91.19
com.apple.driver.AppleFWOHCI\t3.9.7
com.apple.driver.AppleEFINVRAM\t1.2.0
com.apple.driver.AppleRTC\t1.2.3
com.apple.driver.AppleHPET\t1.4
com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPCI\t1.2.5
com.apple.driver.AppleACPIButtons\t1.2.5
com.apple.driver.AppleSMBIOS\t1.4
com.apple.driver.AppleACPIEC\t1.2.5
com.apple.driver.AppleAPIC\t1.4
com.apple.security.seatbelt\t107.12
com.apple.nke.applicationfirewall\t1.6.77
com.apple.security.TMSafetyNet\t3
com.apple.driver.AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement\t76. 2.0
com.apple.driver.DiskImages\t199
com.apple.BootCache\t30.4
com.apple.iokit.IOSerialFamily\t9.4
com.apple.driver.DspFuncLib\t1.7.1a2
com.apple.iokit.IOHDAFamily\t1.7.1a2
com.apple.driver.IOPlatformPluginFamily\t3.4.0a17
com.apple.driver.AppleSMC\t2.3.1d1
com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport\t1.7.3
com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily\t1.7.3
com.apple.iokit.IOAudioFamily\t1.6.9fc5
com.apple.kext.OSvKernDSPLib\t1.1
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBBluetoothHCIController\t2 .1.8f2
com.apple.iokit.IOBluetoothFamily\t2.1.8f2
com.apple.driver.AppleHIDMouse\t1.2.4b3
com.apple.iokit.IOUSBHIDDriver\t3.4.6
com.apple.iokit.IOFireWireSerialBusProtocolTranspo rt\t1.5.2
com.apple.iokit.IOFireWireSBP2\t1.9.8
com.apple.driver.AppleUSBComposite\t3.2.0
com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIBlockCommandsDevice\t2.1.1
com.apple.iokit.IOBDStorageFamily\t1.5
com.apple.iokit.IODVDStorageFamily\t1.5
com.apple.iokit.IOCDStorageFamily\t1.5
com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIArchitectureModelFamily\t2.1 .1
com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIFamily\t1.5.0
com.apple.iokit.IOATAFamily\t2.0.1
com.apple.iokit.IOUSBFamily\t3.4.9
com.apple.iokit.IO80211Family\t216.1
com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily\t1.6.1
com.apple.iokit.IOFireWireFamily\t3.4.9
com.apple.driver.AppleEFIRuntime\t1.2.0
com.apple.iokit.IOSMBusFamily\t1.1
com.apple.iokit.IOStorageFamily\t1.5.6
com.apple.iokit.IOHIDFamily\t1.5.5
com.apple.driver.AppleACPIPlatform\t1.2.5
com.apple.iokit.IOACPIFamily\t1.2.0
com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily\t2.6

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The most common cause of frequent kernel panics is a hardware issue of some sort, often bad RAM. Have you installed any?
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Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post

The most common cause of frequent kernel panics is a hardware issue of some sort, often bad RAM. Have you installed any?

I've had 4GHz of Crucial RAM I installed when new, about 18 moths ago.

I took out one stick but didn't get past the blue screen on boot-up.
Am now trying the other on it's own but I've a feeling I'll be sending a faulty stick back to Crucial for replacement, if I can find the receipt.

Thanks for the feedback

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You're doing the right thing by trying them individually. If you've got the original factory RAM on hand, you could try that too.
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That's my next step if I get another panic

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Are you still having panics?

It was a driver from ximeta that caused the panic that you pasted in your first post.
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Thanks, that's a common link to all the panics

I have temporarily removed the NDAS Utility from the Application folder, which is where this driver was. I shall report back in a few days.

Thanks for the advice

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Thanks, that's a common link to all the panics

I have temporarily removed the NDAS Utility from the Application folder, which is where this driver was. I shall report back in a few days.

Thanks for the advice

Actually, drivers are kernel extensions and are stored in /System/Library/Extensions/, or other library locations such as /Library/Application Support/SomeApp/. The extension will have been put there either when you installed the NDAS utility or when you first ran it; moving the application will not have affected the kernel extension. The kernel extension is loaded dynamically as needed. Presumably, you have some NAS device from ximeta? For some reason, OS X needs a hardware driver to use said NAS device which is a bit odd.

To see if the ximeta kext is currently loaded in the kernel, launch terminal and type (or copy and paste)
Code:

kextstat | grep ximeta

and press return. If it's not loaded, you'll just be returned straight to the command line; if it is loaded, there will be one or more lines printed to the command line that look similar to this:

Code:

114 0 0x39534000 0xd3000 0xd2000 com.vmware.kext.vmx86 (2.0.5) <12 6 5 4 2>
115 0 0x4a607000 0xb000 0xa000 com.vmware.kext.vmci (2.0.5) <6 5 4 2>
117 0 0x4c765000 0x6000 0x5000 com.vmware.kext.vmioplug (2.0.5) <39 21 6 5 4>
118 0 0x5f7d9000 0x9000 0x8000 com.vmware.kext.vmnet (2.0.5) <12 6 5 4 2>



Which is what I get if I run

Code:

kextstat | grep vmware



because I've got VMWare Fusion which uses some kernel extensions.


If the ximeta kext is not loaded, mount your NAS and run the command again.
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I don't have a NAS device, just two external WD drives, one via USB, the other Firewire.

There is an Apple Extreme base station connected but no hard drive onto that - just an HP printer (which I am disconnecting now)

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I don't have a NAS device, just two external WD drives, one via USB, the other Firewire.

There is an Apple Extreme base station connected but no hard drive onto that - just an HP printer (which I am disconnecting now)

Oh. What's the ximeta software for?
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Oh. What's the ximeta software for?

I have no idea, am googling now

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I have no idea, am googling now

Surely you installed it at some point? Certainly, it's not part of OS X. And if the kernel extension crashed, it must have been doing something (e.g. talking to hardware) at the time.
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Surely you installed it at some point? Certainly, it's not part of OS X. And if the kernel extension crashed, it must have been doing something (e.g. talking to hardware) at the time.

Not knowingly, some device may have - that's what I'm trying to establish

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Just before the last panic I heard one of the hard drives spin up, then Kernel FAIL

Have updated the firmware from the WD site to see if there are any changes to the current routine

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Just before the last panic I heard one of the hard drives spin up, then Kernel FAIL

Have updated the firmware from the WD site to see if there are any changes to the current routine

Did the external HDDs come with software that you subsequently installed? If you're using them as normal external HDDs, you shouldn't need any extra software for them to work. Try fishing out the install CD that came with the hard drives and see if it's got an uninstaller.
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Did the external HDDs come with software that you subsequently installed?

I never use the software that comes with WD drives, just delete it and format to Extended Journaled
Have updated the firmware to the latest version and have been ejecting all external drives when inactive for any long periods.

I caved in on Friday and installed SL and so far have had no recurrences. Fingers tightly crossed
[I know I should've waited to diagnose properly but...]

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