Kernel Panics and Slow Running

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fatboyblue, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. fatboyblue macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2006
    I've had my Macbook for a few months now and when I first got it everything was fine. However I found went I used safari I would get Kernel Panics a lot (at least once a day). I switched to Firefox and dont get as many but my whole Macbook seems to run slowly compared to my old iBook14" or even compared to when i first got it. I read on these forums about resetting the pram, that did not seem to help.

    Any one have any idea why this might be? I used my iBook for years and never got one panic...

    (I have a gig of memory)

    Thanks! :)
  2. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    Did you add any of the memory yourself? Have you repaired disc permissions and so on? Run the hardware test? You should take a look at the panic log, its not easy to understand it all but it might give you a clue as to the problem.

    Do you have any new USB peripherals, ones that weren't attached to your iBook (or any at all)? My G5 used to seem to hate printers. It is recommended that if you're having unresolved kernel panics you should remove any peripheral devices and boot up, replacing them one at a time to see if they are the problem. I have had many 'KP's' Mine was down to the graphics card in my Power Mac G5, in the end I took it out and put it back in again and the things been as solid as a rock!

  3. findpankaj macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2005

    How did you zero it down on Graphics Card? Did Apple help you in this?
    Please let me know. I am having major KP's.
  4. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    Apple didn't help... I'd had it in 'the shop' a few times when it was under a year old. I spent months looking on the Apple discussion boards looking for help or a solution, I picked up lots of tips on there....

    Like safe boot mode - Hold shift down on start up, this will help you access the computer but disable a lot of the functions that might cause a conflict and ultimately panic your computer.

    Use the system disc to repair permissions

    Remove any third party RAM

    Use the system disc to run hardware test

    reset the PR RAM on start up

    ultimately I found the crash log, which was mostly gibberish to me but it did refer to my graphics card. Fortunately it was a power Mac G5 and I could easily get in side it with out destroying it and was able to carefully remove the card and simply place it back in again, who knows why that helped? But so far its done the trick.

    I'm not an expert and simply struggled for months with an unusable computer until I found a resoloution. Hope that is of some help, I know how it feels!
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    You can remove hardware form your computer until you notice a stop in kernel panics. Of course, you can't really remove the GPU in most Macs but you can remove third party RAM, PCI cards and peripherals. Also, logging the kernel panic can sometimes be useful, as amiga said. :)

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