Kernel panic? Is my baby dying?

giovanni1979

macrumors newbie
Original poster
So the other night i'm doing some work on my computer, (iTunes and AppleWorks running) and i needed to check my mail. we have wireless thanks to a new roommate. anyway, i was opening a link in an email (from a trusted source) and my screen goes gray with the dreaded black box that says "you need to restart your computer by pressing the power button for several seconds...." in four different languages. This has NEVER happened before. I've never seen this box. I do this. everything is fine... for ten minutes until i try to open my web browser and click on a link. so i restart. turn off my airport. everything is cool. i run my disk utility to check out the software. i verify permissions. it says there are some inconsistancies. i repair permissions. i close disk utility and restart from menu. everything is cool... for about twenty minutes, and then the dreaded box. I have restared everyway i can from the users guide. I have taken the battery out to reset the system. I tried to use the install disk, but i get the box before i can do anything. My computer was on for several days, so i feel that it may be a power problem. I'm letting the battery and the actual computer drain completly in hopes that it will reset itself once i restart. it's kind of my last resort unless anyone else has any ideas. HELP ME, IS MY BABY DYING!?:(
 

WarMace

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Jul 18, 2007
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I agree with BSL4. Kernel panics are almost always memory related. Either one of your chips isn't seated properly or it's going bad. Try to get it running then use Apple Hardware Test to check the ram. What kind of computer do you have?
 

WarMace

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Jul 18, 2007
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The IBooks have the standard RAM soldered to the motherboard with a slot only for additional memory. If there is a problem with your RAM sadly there is nothing you can do about it. I would continue to try to get it to boot from the CD and run Hardware Test if you can. If you don't have any luck with that you try the Genius Bar if you have an Apple Store close by. They might be able to get it going so you can run some diagnostics. Good luck.
 

giovanni1979

macrumors newbie
Original poster
hey, i just remembered. i was trying to install an update to "stuffit expander" when this first occured. that's why i was checking my mail... i don't know why i just thought of that, i don't know if that's important or not.
 

IJ Reilly

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Jul 16, 2002
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It could also be the Airport card. I don't recall if this model had a user-installed or pre-installed card but if it's the former, you can either remove or reseat it. Either way, all signs point to a hardware problem of some flavor.
 

IJ Reilly

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Jul 16, 2002
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Same advice as before. The hardware test doesn't catch much.

You could also post the contents your panic log (search for panic.log in Spotlight). That may help someone diagnose the problem.