eMac kernel panics!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Kingsly, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    My eMac has had two kernel panics today, a new personal record. The first time I was launching iTunes. The second time it was displaying the flurry screen saver. The only common denominator is bit torrent (which has been running all week) so I don't think that is the problem. I am running 10.3.9, 768 Mbytes of RAM and I have Screen Spanning activated, but again it has been running for about a year with screen spanning. What's going on?

    I just remembered that I have three external hard drives hooked up. One which was attached for the first time yesterday. magic
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Installed anything inside the computer recently (such as RAM)? -I've heard that can cause kernel panics.

    Try unplugging the new external HDD for a few days, as see if that helps.
     
  3. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    Nope, the last install I did was RAM six months ago. If it panics again I will disconnect the HDD. Also, should I try resetting PRAM (just because I can)?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I really doubt resetting the PRAM will help. I'm almost certain this is bit-torrent problem. File sharing apps are notorious for giving kernel panics randomly. The only sure-fire solution is to not use them. :eek:
     
  5. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    Bad to worse...

    Okay, well the file is almost done downloading, so hopefully it will go away after that.
    On a lighter note...
    could not wake my eMac from sleep. nothing worked, I even tried unplugging and re-plugging-in the keyboard (incase it was a USB problem) and finally resorted to a hard shut down. Arrgh! Where is my MacBook Pro?!

    Edit* Weird things happening... Flurry is extremely smooth now- regularly when spanned across two monitors it is slow and jumpy on one. Also the mouse turns invisible on the safari toolbar (i.e when I try to click reload)
    Overall the computer seems really spunky, everything is really smooth and FAST!
    Strange... I did reset PRAM. If this is what is does I will reset PRAM more often!
     
  6. generik macrumors 601

    generik

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    No way, since the bit torrent app is running with user priviledges it should not affect the kernel in any way. Unless you contracted spyware on MacOS? :eek:
     
  7. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    More tests. Its like my mac is on steroids. I have never seen the genie move so fast! Its kind of scary. I afraid with that kind of momentum the minimized window will do some damage upon contact with the dock.
    Scrolling- fast
    HTML rendering- fast
    genie- Holy @*%&!
    Quicktime- very smooth, continues to play in dock, plays (without momentarily hanging) while being minimized!!!!!!!!!

    I know all of you with G5's are thing "so?" but on an eMac this is something else. Whatever I did was good. Ideas?
     
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    When's the last time you had shutdown your computer until now?
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure I'm on the same wavelength. Are you saying apps cannot cause kernel panics? FWIW, most file sharing apps I can think of would use system and root-based processes to function. :)
     
  10. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    I shutdown every night. When I launched safari today it did not bounce even once in the dock, it acted as if I already had it open and hit Cmd+N.
    c'mon bit torrent... 397 Mbytes to go...
     

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