Dad's Mac Pro just had a kernel panic

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MythicFrost, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

    MythicFrost

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    Hey my dad's computer just had a kernel panic and I want to fix it fast.

    I've already run the basic Apple hardware test and it says no problems found.
    About last week he added 8GB (2x4GB) modules to his Mac Pro.

    He's running OSX 10.5.8, when he started it back up, it said OSX has recovered from an error/serious error and sent a report to Apple :eek:

    The most recent thing he did was change his external backup drive (for TM) to a fresh one - a 1TB Lacie HD.
    Is there anything I can do to figure out what happened?
    Is it possible this could be just a once off thing, or maybe it was that mosaic screensaver? when the kernel panic occurred it was on that screensaver.

    Kind Regards
     
  2. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    check your activity log/monitor and console, should give some details there...
     
  3. Tower-Union macrumors 6502

    Tower-Union

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    You want to fix it fast because you love your dad and want to help out? Or you want to fix it fast because you feel something may have gone wrong and you'll be in trouble for using his computer when you shouldn't have? Really a kernel panic isn't something to worry about (unless its happening frequently).
     
  4. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

    MythicFrost

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    Thanks
    Haha lol, I want to fix it because I live with my parents and I can, but primarily he has work on and I don't want anything to happen during work hours, could be bad.

    Are you sure, I mean why do they happen? does it not mean bad hardware or something else bad on the OS?

    Kind Regards
     
  5. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    a kp is not dangerous unless it happens frequently.
    i've had like 3-4 kps during my MP's lifetime (3 years).
    it's just a computer, not a god, ofc its gonna crash sometime

    check system logs
     
  6. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

    MythicFrost

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    OK good to know, I know it's just a computer, but it's a Mac - I never expected a KP (or crash) to happen unless there was something very wrong (hardware/software wise).

    I'll check the system logs.

    Thx
     
  7. tooz macrumors 6502

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    I've had 2 kernel panics in my macbook's life.
    one was due to overheating, as I was gaming in bed and didn't realise the vent was covered.
    and the second apparently the processor froze
     

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