Figured out what was wrong. Based on the ASD's hardware results I'm not sure how I like this answer but the Mac store said the MBP fried some metal/plastic part on the CPU which is causing the issues. Additionally I'm interested in why the Corsair Mac branded ram failed the ASD test... Thanks for the help guys! And if you still think of anything related to the ASD results and ram issue, I'm still checking this thread. _______________________________ I got a hold of the Apple Service Diagnostic for the 2009 MBP and ran the hardware test software (EFI) with the 8gb of Corsair ram in the computer. Here are the results: After I got the error codes that I assume is entirely ram related, I swapped back to the 2gb that came with the computer and re-ran the test. The computer passed. So I started the computer up and then.... it prompted me to shut it down and restart. The logic board passed on every test. The ram appears to be the only thing that caused the issue, YET I can't get it to boot when I try and turn it on. So what is my next step? Should I run the Apple Service Diagnostic OS on it now to see what it says? Should I get the ram replaced while I can? It looks like it might be bad. -------------Older first post info below------------- 09 MBP OSX Lion Lion USB and DVD available My uncle's MBP just had a kernel panic. He restarted it like the screen said... restarted and it came back to life about 4 or 5 different times (individual panics in one day). When it wouldn't boot at all, he gave it to me. So I'm supposed to save it. I'm the underpaid Apple man in the family. So here's the issue. I finally got it to boot to my Lion USB to use Disk Utility to repair the drive. It said that it was unrepairable and to back it up and reformat it.... So I put it in target disk mode since it wasn't booting and got all of his files off. When in target mode my mac said that his disk was shot and need to be backed up and reformatted. Here's where it's giving me hell. I got the thing to load my Lion USB again and then reformat it once (simple/quick way) and then tried the install. At the "select language" box I got a kernel panic...... So then I threw it in TDM and then did a secure wipe to clean it off all the way. Since OSX boots a little picky I thought that writing all 0s to it would help. I haven't gotten a kernel panic from it since then but it didn't retain a connection with my USB after I tried to boot it and install Lion from the USB. My USB stick lit up at first and indicated it was in use and then just stopped. I had the Apple logo and pin wheel spinning for a few minutes and nothing. So I tried my DVD next. It loaded to the language screen again and after I clicked the arrow to move forward the dialog box left and then it hung for 15 seconds and then cut off. 1. Am I dealing with a bad logic board? Even though the disk is what showed the errors? 2. Can I install Lion in TDM and avoid this installation hickup? Would that even fix my issue? 3. I did change the ram in this computer about 2-3 weeks ago. I tested that by putting the old ram back in it. When it was still failing to boot. And the problem persisted. I'm pretty darn certain the ram is fine since you can't force it in and down unless it's seated properly. Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it.