Kernel panic

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BigBroMan, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. BigBroMan macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005
    I have recently upgraded my G3 700MHz with 768MB RAM iMac to OS 10.4.2

    Now, generally things run well for what I want it to do - Firefox, Adium, iTunes and Mail most of the time. However earlier on I got a message in several languages stating I had to restart the machine.

    That went ok, however now Mail is asking me to key in my account details again - and I have multiple accounts and mailboxes and stuff to sort out.

    Is there any way to recover the previous state Mail was in, and does this crash for no real reason (a la Microsoft) represent a severe problem with my computer?
  2. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    A kernel panic doesn't happen for no real reason, usually it comes down to bad hardware, or a dodgy driver somewhere, or an app trying to access something it can't/shouldn't.

    Check out the panic.log for more info, and you might want to post a bit more info about what happened.

    What were you doing at the time, did you do a clean install, archive and install, an upgrade?

    You might want to check out this link: and google for os x panic.log
  3. BigBroMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005

    I took a look in that log, thanks for that.

    From what I read there - the problem arises from a USB device. Now when I used to have a PC, I used a USB ADSL modem which crashed regularly.

    I was using Panther for a while and had no problems at all. It has been since using Tiger that these things have happened [well, twice].

    I will need to check my ISP's website for latest modem drivers - hopefully that will sort this problem out, but I do know that USB ADSL modems are not the best. It is my only option for now.

    The only confusing part that remains now is how do I get my bloody email account settings back. I cannot suss out why I am being asked for all that stuff over again. :confused:
  4. andysmith macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2004
    West Mids, UK
    The Mail problem is strange - and I can only think the crash has corrupted something.

    First of all, take a backup of ~/Library/Mail - zip it up and store it somewhere safe.
    Now move the Mail folder to your desktop, and open up again - and fill in your account details.
    Now try going to File>Import, and select the Mail folder on your desktop.

    With a bit of luck, you'll get the messages back - and just have to re-input your settings.

    OS upgrades can often cause problems a bit like this - so I'd try reinstalling the drivers for your USB modem - but I'd strongly recommend an ADSL ethernet modem/router.
  5. BigBroMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005

    Thanks I'll try that. I'll post back how I got on for others who are in the same boat. :)
  6. BigBroMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005
    OK I couldn't get it the Mail way, but I exported items from Entourage and now we are getting there.

    Thankfully there were no recent, important, emails.

    I take the point on USB modems.... need to sort that situation out asap.

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