kernel panics upon waking

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  1. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    i'm having a problem where whenever i put my powerbook to sleep while dashboard is up, i get a kernel panic when i wake it up. sometimes i don't even have dashboard up, but when i wake up, i see it there, and sure enough, i get a kernel panic.

    anyone know what could be causing this?
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Try taking some of the add ons out and see if it goes away. These are things like the extra RAM, or sound card you added.
     
  3. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    sound card? i didn't add any sound card, your probably looking at my pc specs.

    if i had bad ram, why would it only do it when dashboard was open?
    in any case, i'll try it with just the stock ram, but i didn't go cheap on ram, i bought this straight from crucial.

    edit: i removed all my ram and put the original 512 back, and it still does this. i also disconnected everything from the powerbook except power (hard drives, iPod, keyboard+mouse, midi keyboard etc...), to what is basically factory settings, and it still does this.

    any other suggestions?
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Problems like these are nearly always hardware-related. How long have you owned this PowerBook?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What apps are you running at the time? In particular, are you running any file sharing apps? :)
     
  6. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    4 months. I ordered it about a week after they were announced.

    in all the tests i just ran, i was running nothing. in some situations i probably had about a dozen different apps open (no filesharing ;) ), so it seems what apps or how many of them has no bearing on this.

    what i don't get is what difference it makes being in dashboard or not; as far as i know, that shouldn't make any difference, but it happens every time dashboard is open, without fail, and if dashboard is not open, it works just fine.

    i suppose i should call apple about this tomorrow... :(
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried removing your Dashboard preference files? Maybe drag com.apple.dashboard.plist and com.apple.dashboard.client.plist to the Desktop and restart. :)
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Worth trying I guess, but I don't think it will help, given that the problem also seems to occur without Dashboard running. Am I right?

    After so many (or even one) kernel panic you really should run fsck to repair any disk directory damage that might have occurred.

    Still think it's hardware.
     
  9. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    actually, just as i was about to do that, you go me thinking that that would reset my widgets, and i remembered i had a widget called ministat (showed temp, ram usaged etc...), so just for the hell of it, i removed that widget, tried it, and sure enough, no kernel panic! :D :eek:

    man, i was scared i might have a hardware problem for a few minutes there...

    thanks. :)
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Never heard of a widget causing a kernel panic before. Anybody else?
     
  11. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    neither have I, but it looks like that was what was causing it. i guess for whatever reason it can't handle accessing that information while waking up. seems strange to me, but i can't argue with the evidence.

    as for it doing that when dashboard wasn't up, maybe i didn't word it right before, what i meant was dashboard wasn't up when it went to sleep, but it was up when i woke it up, so i never actually got a kernel panic without dashboard open, i just don't know how dashboard opened sometimes.
     
  12. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, I misread your problem. :( Glad you got it working though. :) I've also never heard a widget causing a kernel panic, but as we all found out, its possible.
     

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