Kernal panic after OS X update-need help!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacKenzie999, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. MacKenzie999 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2002
    I have a Mac Pro 2x2.8 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon with 10 gigs of 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM. Dual monitors. I am currently running OS X 10.5.8 from an external USB drive.

    This is because I *was* running 10.6.7 until a little while ago, when I ran Software Update to go to 10.6.8. The update required the usual restart, but now it will not get past the gray Apple screen. It hangs on this for a few seconds then I get lots of code in blocky black boxes running along the left edge of the screen. I have restarted a few times (hard reboot) with no luck.

    So I booted off my backup startup drive, and ran Disk Utility. DU neither finds nor repairs any problems, and restarting after this still results in what I believe is a kernel panic (I am a designer, and about a 4 or 5 on the techno-knowledge ten scale).

    So...what are my options for fixing this? I'm thinking the SW Update was possibly interrupted. I'd like to handle this myself if possible, because of course I'm working against a deadline right now. or I would be if I could get my mac back online. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    Complicating factor: my superdrive is wonky and has been unable to open or close for months, so anything cd or dvd-based might not be an option, although I do have an old powerbook with a working drive I might be able to connect via FW or something if necessary.
  2. Nordichund macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Don't know if this helps, but I upgraded today and had the kernel panic. After the initial panic I found it was due to the third party software 'Hands off'. I booted into safe mode and uninstalled it. I was then able to restart back in normal mode before I reinstalled and upgraded 'Hands Off'

    Good luck!
  3. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
  4. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    Yeah, I'd try safe-mode. Hold the shift key before the chime I believe.
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    GRab a copy of Diskwarrior and repair the directory.
  6. MacKenzie999 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2002
    The culprit: iHome keyboard

    Thanks everyone...I saw in my research that a lot of people had issues with Hands Off. I also saw someone had an issue with an iHome keyboard, which I use and which turned out to be the problem.

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