Had my first kernal panic...

in macOS edited January 2014
Tonight while I was trying to unzip a file that I found on an old zip disk, delete another file, and open up another program (not a very big task) a jungle of black and white came onto my screen and then everything just froze. I wasn't doing anything CPU intensive but, I only have 256MB of RAM. I'm thinking that's the reason right? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> I really need more ram...


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    prestonpreston Posts: 219member
    I've only 128MB and had only one kernel panic... which was when I was doing something weird like network crap and installing software or something.

    I'm too lazy to up it to 384.... when OS X handles it so well, why bother?
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    tetzel1517tetzel1517 Posts: 204member
    Yeah, I had my first one a couple weeks ago. I wasn't doing anything of significance, and I restarted without incident. I figure since I've been running OS X since March 24, 2001, that's a pretty good track record.
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    ghost_user_nameghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member
    Ha ha ha! The <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=5&t=000780"; target="_blank">Colonel</a> never dies!

    <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=5&t=000780"; target="_blank"></a>


    Anyway, lack of RAM probably isn't the issue. I can only imagine you'd get a memory-related kernel panic if either you had a bad stick of RAM or your hard drive completely filled up with virtual memory pages until it couldn't store any more. I have had reproducible panics when using PC-formatted Zip disks before -- is that what you were using? Also, what program was it that you were launching?

    I assume you did write down all of the memory backtrace verbatim and e-mailed it back to Apple so they could track down the bug, right? Actually, if you post a copy of it here we can probably diagnose it a little bit.

    [ 05-30-2002: Message edited by: starfleetX ]</p>
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    wolfeye155wolfeye155 Posts: 425member
    I was launching stuffit expander while deleting something from the trash. I also had OmniWeb and Adium open with iTunes playing in the background. I'm not sure if the disk was Windows formatted but now that you mention it I think it probably is. The only thing is that I need it to print stuff upstairs on a homemade Win. XP system.

    EDIT: Actually I could also burn the data onto a CD and take it upstairs or print it at school...Zip Disk is just easier IMO.

    [ 05-30-2002: Message edited by: wolfeye155 ]</p>
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    cdhostagecdhostage Posts: 1,038member
    I have never once had a kernel panicc. my system has been runnign almost nonstop on OS X since January - only restarting it for cveertaiin system upgrades.
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    hurtlehurtle Posts: 1member
    I get kernel panics occaisionally and I've narrowed it down to two reasons.

    My overclocked CPU (B&W G3 from 300 to 400 mhz)

    My Adaptec SCSI card
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    peerpeepeerpee Posts: 44member
    I've been using OSX 10.1 on my G4 400 PowerMac since 10.1 came out (sept/oct?) and I've installed 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3, 10.1.4 as they came out (waiting a day or two just to make sure ) and I've never had a kernel panic. Don't even know what one is!
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    Humpf. Why is everybodys systems much more stabile than mine?? I have a panic about once a week on my G4/733 640 MB RAM. I haven´t managed to pinpoint the cause if it ether so a guess I´ll just have to wait for upgrades like 10.2 and see...
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    nx7oenx7oe Posts: 198member
    I used to have so many troubles with kernel panics until i updated the firmware for my matrox rt mac card. now i don't have any at all!!!
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    I had my first panic yesterday... A new screen saver caused it to crash hard. Darn you, dastardly colonel!
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    zozo Posts: 3,117member
    I traced the two Pernel Kanics Ive had to Dave 3. While I had a friends WinME laptop mounted idley I just got a Kernel Panic... happened again a few minutes later and somewhere n the jumble of text thursby was mentioned smewhere.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    I have had a total of two kernel panics on my iMac DV 450 SE. (384 megs of ram) I run it literally 24/7, so that is pretty good. Both of them were from the USB sound driver with the Harmon|Kardon soundsticks that I used to have.. I had the panic only when I had the soundsticks plugged in and had window compression on. When I turned window compression off, I never had anymore problems. Then, a few weeks later, I ended up returning the soundsticks and never again had a kernel panic. Well, now that I think about it, I had one more about a month ago, but it had nothing to do with the audio, although I believe it had something to do with the USB drivers. Still, this is pretty good for running it literally nonstop since Christmas...
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