´panic´error mac won´t start up!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alicequigley, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. alicequigley macrumors newbie

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    I forced quit when updates were installing because i was in a hurry and now whenever i try to start up i get an error message telling me to restart. However, when i restart i just get the same error message again. Something about ´panic´ and there not being a driver.

    Could anyone please help me with what i should do??
     
  2. wightstraker macrumors regular

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    Could you tell us exactly what message says?
     
  3. alicequigley thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, that would be helpful i suppose!

    It says ´panic´´unable to find driver A.C.P.I´

    At the bottom it says something like ´Kernal...Platform 8.8.1´

    I´m stuck in spain in an internet cafe and my macbook is back in the flat, sorry i can´t be more exact!

    Any ideas? Or would you need more info?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you force-quit whilst an update was installing it is more than likely you have caused a system critical file to be half written which will prevent booting: do an archive&install from an install DVD.
     
  5. alicequigley thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, ok, will try and give that a go.

    Am pretty computer illiterate when it comes to these things! Will that wipe music, photos, films et al that i have on my computer?

    Thanks for the help!!
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    No. Your user data will be preserved, as long as you check the Preserve Users and Network Settings option when installing.
     
  7. wightstraker macrumors regular

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    If you just do a system reinstall (not a clean reinstall), all your files should remain intact. I pretty sure that's the default installation.
     
  8. alicequigley thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers, fingers crossed :) praised be to mac forums!
     
  9. alicequigley thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Am just getting around to doing this now. Can anyone tell me exactly how i do a system install? When i put the disc in nothing happens, just the error screen...
     
  10. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

    GFLPraxis

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    Hold down C while you boot up the computer to boot off the disc.
     

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