Mac Bombs


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 30, 2004
My nephew's IMAC "bombed" under OS 10.x
What has to be done to get the machine to work.
I myself use OS Tiger 10.4.1 and had not had a bomb since OS 10.
I recall several reasons:
1. I backed up Quicken on the desktop rather than Documents.
Ala bomb.
2. Some popup ad bombed my Quicken data by changing all the dates to 2010.

I noticed Apple, or the Mac internet sites do not talk about Bombs.
That message in 4 languages and crazy sound like a crashing dive bomber.
My nephew is new to Macs and does not understand the lingo.
He is a former Windows user.
I myself have been using 7 or eight Macs since 1988.
Please indicate a step by step recommendation.
Thank You.

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
The information you provide doesn't make your problem clear, but I think you are experiencing a kernal panic, not a "bomb" (which went away with OS 9.2).

If they happen frequently, it's almost always a sign of a hardware problem, and more often than not, bad RAM.


macrumors 68040
Jul 10, 2004
New Orleans / Lafayette, La
Well, bombing was back in the OS9 day. We now call it a "kernel panic". Usually this is solved by restarting. Now if the computer doesn't turn on then thats a whole different problem.


Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Malbase said:
That message in 4 languages and crazy sound like a crashing dive bomber.
Do other people get sound effects with a kernel panic? :eek: I certainly do not. And although I would be glad to say I have never seen one, so I don't know, I have seen three or four in about 1.5 years.... :(


macrumors member
May 30, 2005
I've never gotten sound with a kernel panic, and I've had a few. My roommate dropping a large phone into my open G4 tower may have contributed to that...


macrumors 6502
Aug 15, 2004
If the computer is sending a sound when the kernal panic crashes happens, it'll just repeat it until you restart the computer.