Got my first crash today


macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 22, 2004
So I woke up this morning ... opened up my PB (it was in Sleep), hit the get mail on the mail program and BLAMO -- a bunch of text started over - writing the graphics on the desktop -- talking about System Failure -- it was locked after that -- i held down the power button and rebooted -- it is fine now.

I have had this machine a about 16 months -- this is the first time -- so no biggie. But I will ask -- "Should I be concerned?"


macrumors member
Aug 4, 2004
Toronto, Canada
Overall, I wouldn't really be concerned. Kernel Panics (which is the type of crash you had) do happen on occasion. However, it's standard practice to start asking a few questions when these happen. These are the three most common questions:

-Did you install any new software lately?
-Have you repaired permissions on your HD lately (this should be done semi-regularly)?
-Has your hardware configuration changed lately (ie. adding RAM, etc.)?

If any one or more of these question is true, then start looking down that avenue as the potential cause of the crash. Chances are that you won't see another KP for a while, but no matter what, have a backup!!! You can never be too cautious!

Best of luck.

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
starrin said:
That's exactly what it feels like the first time it happens.

Not the gently-increasing disappointment of a stubborn spinning beachball but this freakishly sudden event which looks really worrying.


macrumors 604
Jan 20, 2005
Congrats! First time for everything. I hope you enjoy your experiences.


macrumors 68000
Aug 5, 2003
*POP* goes the cherry. :p :D :eek:

No, but usually the Kernal Panics are masked over by a big grey screen asking for you to hold down the power button in a bunch of different languages. You crashed so hard it didn't even have time to display the graphic.

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
Nearly every hard crash causes some amount of disk damage. Whenever this happens, you should test and repair it by whatever means you prefer. I find the easiest way is to restart in Single User Mode (reboot, and hold down cmd-s until you see text on the screen). Then, at the prompt, type:

fsck -f [including the space; and return]

When it's finished, at the prompt, type:

reboot [return]


macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 22, 2004
Thank you all -- I just did the fsck -f ... everything is running as before.

No new hardware ... however I do development on my machine -- so there is a database and appserver running.... plus it was coming out of sleep mode.

Bali Cockfight

macrumors regular
Aug 17, 2002
Chi Town
I had a kernel panic a few months ago and the people on this forum were very helpful. I thought my baby was dying but she simply had a hiccup problem. It's weird because my Powerbook had its kernel panic when it came out of sleep too.

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