Kernel Panics with Late 2008 13" Macbook Unibody

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brianvendiola, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. brianvendiola macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    So recently I've upgraded my 13" Macbook Unibody with two 4gig DDR3 Lexar Ram sticks (for a total of 8gigs). And I guess they work fine; I've done Rember and Apple Hardware tests and apparently they're OK (Note: I've yet to try the extended Apple Hardware Test). Even the packaging says that they're Mac compatible. But I'm still getting Kernel Panics whenever I try to play a game or watch a YouTube video. Though it doesn't instantly happen whenever I initially start said tasks, it just arbitrarily happens whenever I'm doing them. So sometimes I can get through watching tons of YouTube/Flash related videos just fine and sometimes I get a Kernel Panic in the middle of watching a YouTube video. Gaming is sort of the same but recently I found out that if I play Bejeweled 3 (A game that really doesn't ask for much in terms of power) for a certain amount of time, I'll get a kernel panic.

    I do have all the proper firmwares installed and I'm also currently running Lion. I've also reseted my SMC and PRAM once, that didn't seem to work. I'm sort of at a loss right now. I'd love to be using 8gigs in my Macbook but I'm afraid that I'll have to end up putting back the stock 2 x 1Gig RAM sticks back in. My Macbook is still usable, it isn't completely ****ed up. It's just unfortunate that I have to cautiously watch YouTube videos or play games. I don't have a Panic log available right now though it keeps mentioning "AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement (167.0)".

    I don't know, what do you y'all think? Is it the RAM? Or is it something else?
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    If you ran the Rember application, it's not good enough. Put Rember in your applications folder, then reboot into single-user mode, and run the following:

    /Applications/ all 5
    (I think I typed that correctly from memory). That will run five iterations over a significantly larger portion of your RAM, since the OS isn't running. If you get any failures, reseat the RAM and try again. Oh, and it'll probably take several hours.
  3. brianvendiola thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    So I started up a Rember test, setting it to "All" and to 5 Loops but halfway through I realized I forgot to boot into single user mode. But the test finished and everything passed the test.

    Should I still bother to boot it up in single user mode?

    And if I did have a failure, would reseating the RAM even work? I tried that once, previous to this post and still managed to get Panics.

    Perhaps I'm doing it wrong? But if I was, I don't think the Macbook would even recognize the RAM.
  4. pineapple216 macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2010
    If the MacBook wouldn't recognize the RAM it would give a long beep on startup.

    Therefore I doubt that your MacBook doesnt recognize the RAM.

    If you haven't already you should run a maintenance utility such as onyx or tinkertool,
    That might help fix the problem.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    put the original ram back in and see if the problem goes away.

    I seem to remember that the 2008 would only support 6gb ram successfully and 8gb would cause panics.

    You can try 1x1gb plus 1x4gb.
  6. brianvendiola thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    pineapple216: I shall try out these programs and report back.

    old-wiz: Yeah I was planning on doing that when there was nothing else working. And about the RAM, I've read somewhere (probably iFixit) saying that Apple secretly released a firmware that allowed 8GIGs. Even iFixit were selling bundles for my model, which suggests that it should work. Do you think its safe if I mixed my Lexar 4gig sticks with the 1gig sticks Apple provided with the Macbook (for a total of 5gigs)? I've read that you shouldn't be mixing.
  7. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    You should still test it in single-user mode. You haven't tested the RAM in which the OS resides, and that's the RAM that will cause the system to KP. Swapping out the RAM is another viable test. If the RAM passes, but swapping it out makes the crashes go away, then the RAM is the problem.

    Yes, that machine supports 8GB with the correct optical drive firmware update, and yes, you can mix a 1GB and 4GB.
  8. brianvendiola thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Yeah, I just ended up swapping out one of the 4GB sticks with one of the stock 1GB far so good. No crashes yet (hopefully not yet) during videos/gaming. I guess it was the 8GB combo messing it up.
  9. pieterv macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2011
    Belgium (Antwerp)
    Sorry to ask you anyway, but are you really sure you've got all the correct firmware upgrades?
    I'm running the same model MacBook with 8GB, no problems.

    copy pasted from the OtherWorldComputing site:
  10. etafner, Nov 9, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011

    etafner macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2011
    Brazil, south
    Hey guys

    Just joined to add to the discussion because I noticed the exactly same behavior brianvendiola is experiencing.

    I noticed a few things:
    a. All firmware is up to date;
    b. OS is Lion, installed from zero (10.7.2), no pending updates;
    c. The RAM I'm using is Kingston, 1333MHz, 'generic' (ValueRAM), not the specific model for MacBooks.
    No problem about the speed (it should fall back to 1066MHz, even when system profiler tells me the RAM is at 1333MHz), but the CL is 9. AFAIK the original RAM is CL7. Here is my second guess on what might be the problem, as we all know: "Macs are very picky about RAM".


    All tests with Rember went OK.

    And my last try is to run Windows 7 64. I have a license here.

    If it all works OK, I can discard CAS level and blame OS X or the NVIDIA driver for OS X since I also noted that it happens when I'm using video stuff (games are impossible to play) and now ask Apple take a quick look on the problem.

    Btw, did anyone experimented 8GB on SL? I'd rather install Win7 using BootCamp than to install SL on a USB disk (which incredibly I don't have).

    I'll post an update after the Win7 test.
  11. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    Did you run Rember in the GUI or in single-user mode? There's not much point to run it with the OS fully booted.
  12. etafner macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2011
    Brazil, south
    Yes, in single user mode. But "just" two passes. No errors.

    No errors in Windows, also. Could it be when RAM is used for graphic operations in Mac OS X and the nVidia 9400M?
  13. broad macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2009

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