Macbook Pro 2011 15" 16GB RAM Kernel Panics (Help)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -greedy-, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. -greedy- macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    Alright I did the 16 GB Ram upgrade, and every couple days I am getting a kernel panic, what can I do about this?
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Take the new RAM out and see if you still get the panics. It's probably bad RAM.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  4. -greedy- thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    I had them when I first installed my 8GB of Ram as well, but they went away after a month or so without me doing anything. I know it sounds strange but is it possible the machine will adapt to the 16 gb RAM the same way it did with the 8 gigs?
  5. -greedy- thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    still getting them. did all possible fixes, guess i just got bad ram? its just strange it did this when i upgraded to 8 and stopped after awhile.
  6. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    Sorry to bring you bad news but I'm sure it is bad ram. I have done two upgrades for friends in the past two weeks and I had the exact same situation.

    I did not remove the modules but I did boot Hiren's BootCD and ran memtest+ on both machines. After a few hours on the first one the memory started to test bad. The other was a bit quicker.

    The owners each RMA'd the ram for new. We put the replacements in and they ran without a problem. Both memtest+ for 24 hours as well as just using the machines. No errors detected by memtest+ and the KPs went away.

    I hope this helps!

  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Only one more thing here. When I upgraded mynimac to 16GB, I found that it requires a lot mother effort than you migh think to properly seat the new modules. I too had kernel panics, and I removed the new ram and reseated it until I heard a loud click. Problem solved.

    If that fails to correct the issue then bad RAM is very likely the culprit.

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