Kernel Panic

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I was having problems with my works machine again today.

Upon boot, as soon as the grey Apple screen appears with the spinning bars, the machine in question suffers a kernel panic.

Anyone care to hazard a guess?


  • Reply 1 of 4
    lundylundy Posts: 4,466member
    Disconnect all USB and FW devices except Apple KB and mouse, as first step. If you added RAM recently, that is almost certainly the problem.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    How often do Macs get kernel panics? I've had my Power Mac G5 for only two months and it's already in repair after a kernel panic meltdown...Now I'm reading about all of these kernel panics on this board.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    In five years, on four machines, I've had... three.

    All of which were caused by flaky hardware added to the system, such as RAM.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    messiahmessiah Posts: 1,689member
    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    At one point, I was getting about six kernel panics a day! These usually happen when I'm 'doing something' ? I've never seen a KP so early in the boot cycle though.

    I've long suspected the RAM (which is third party stuff from a local shop, rather than Crucial/Micron), but it seems strange that reinstalling a fresh system seems to solve the problem?

    Strangely, I was finally able to boot from the reinstall CD, and was able to 'nuke and pave' the system.

    Guess I'll have to swap out the memory at some point with some fresh stuff that I know works well.
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