Kernel panic - system constantly crashing

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by mattmcdaid, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    i wondered if anyone is having the same problem as me and who could shed any light as to why its happening.

    nearly everytime i sit down with my ibook i seem to get a white text box interrupting my session containing several languages telling me to hold down the power button for several seconds to restart. its becoming a bit of a pain in the backside as i cant see whats causing it.

    its only starting doing it after i installed OS 10.2.5 update, im not sure if that has anything to do with it. i dont want to have to reformat my HD, but that route is looming large.

    can anyone help please????

    thanks in advance,

    matt:
     
  2. jMc
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    jMc

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    Whenever I've had constant kernel panics it's been caused by bad ram. Try swapping out the different ram modules in your iBook and see if the panics stop...

    jx
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kernal panics

    thanks for your quick reply jMc, can you please tell me how to swap the RAM modules please as im new to macs.

    thanks,

    matt
     
  4. jMc
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    This article from apple.com gives details of how to access your ram-

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60427

    Accessing ram in the iBook looks like a bit of a hassle when that may not even be the problem... Did you get an Apple Hardware Check CD when you got your iBook? That may be a better place to start...

    Sorry I can't be more help...

    jx
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kernel panic

    yeah i got the hardware check CD, ill use that.

    thanks again!!

    matt
     
  6. macrumors 68040

    jxyama

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    i'm not sure if it's relevant for you, but for 12" PB, there were some instances where the Airport Extreme card not sitting properly caused multiple kernel panics...

    If you installed Airport card on your iBook, you might want to check how it's seated.

    Otherwise, it sounds like a hardware check is in order... Or a bad ram, as previously mentioned.
     
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    junior

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    Let Us know how you get on! I'm also very interested, as this is has been a common occurance on my friend's ibook.
    I really do wonder if it's the RAM. She's had her ibook sent back twice (changed logic board and HD) but it still has these occasional problems. I've had to format it again recently.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kernel panic

    thanks for all your responses, i will attempt all the afore-mentioned suggestions this evening and see how i get on -
    watch this space!


    matt
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    I am not sure if this would help or not since I am not sure what each .x.x release fixes, but if the RAM checks okay and your airport card isn't to blame, perhaps either update to 10.2.6 to see if that fixes the problem or revert back to .2.4 since it seems to you like it started after you updated to .2.5, just figured I'd throw out another suggestion for you.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kernel panic

    its another option - thanks!
     

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