Help! Imac G4 Kernel error on boot

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  1. Sir G4, Mar 31, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013

    Sir G4 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    I just picked up a used 15" iMac G4 at a garage sale. When I try to turn it on, it gives a kernel panic display and says:
    "panic(cpu 0): Unable to find driver for this platform: 'PowerMac6,1'. Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0: (random stuff) Kernel Version: Darwin Kernel Version 7.9.0 (more random stuff) No debugger configured - dumping debug information (random stuff) panic: We are hanging here..."
    Does anyone know what could be wrong? It has a 1.0 Ghz processor, 512 mb RAM, and an 80 gig hard drive. I don't have the OS disc either, which probably makes this a lot harder. I'd prefer not to have to open it up, but that wouldn't be a huge issue.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. tje25 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    Same Problem

    I have exactly the same issue as you, as soon as i attempt to boot the machine it goes straight into kernal panic mode. Have you attempted to enter safe boot? Mine then powered up and was usable, in the about this mac section under diagnostics mine is showing that one of my ram slots has failed (J20) sadly its the factory installed one, i would imagine that this is why the panic has occurred, luckily it is my plan to upgrade both ram slots as i really want to attempt to use the machine. So i would suggest attempting to run a safe boot?
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Hi Cole, have you tried booting in single user mode?
  4. yacobjhk macrumors newbie


    Mar 6, 2016
    Same issue here. I had a different kernel panic at first then this one was thrown at me, I'm trying to get into Single User Mode however my iMac doesn't always boot up

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