Kernal panic on screen

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Gersh247, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Gersh247 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    I turned up one day to teach using the Mac Pro and the message on the screen said I had to restart my computer. After many times I gave up. I wrongly thought the hard disk failed as one of the pupils saw some water underneath the Mac from the leaking roof. I checked and formatted the hard drive inside a pc and put Windows on it. After inserting the hard drive and the OSX into the dvd drive proceeded to re-install the software, only to find exactly the same problem as before. Any ideas what to check next before trying to find someone to fix it. I live in South Wales, so not many Apple repair places to choose from.:confused:
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Possible water damage but it still turns on? Hmmm... well, it could be one or more of the RAM modules are buggered. If there's multiple sticks of RAM, try running the machine with each one on their own. If you still get a kernel panic on any of them then they're dead.
  3. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003

    Do you have another (working) Mac Pro at work or home? If so, try using the drive from that machine. If it works, then your HD is the problem; if it doesn't, then you can start checking the rest of your machine.

  4. Gersh247 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    kernal panic on screen

    I initially thought it was a hard drive problem, so I formatted it with windows. To throw another fly in the ointment, it doesn't boot from dvd even when the hard drive is removed??? I tried booting with one bank of ram removed but the same thing happens. Apple have suggested resetting the SMC, so that's my next port of call. Will let you know what happens.
  5. cvelezv macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    Kernel panic

    I had the same problem and it was the GTX 285 graphic card that went bad, I put the ATI card back and the problem went away, just to be sure I put the NVIDIA card back (removing all drives and connections) and the kernel panic try with another card

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