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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 8, 2014
Hello everyone, I'm new to this and not a tech type of guy, but here is my problem: I have an IMac that I got in 2009 and last week I stared to update the software, as the iMac was turn off for about a year (I was overseas working) and I got the following error:

panic (cpu 0 caller 0x47F5ad): “Process 1 exec of /sbin/launchd failed, errno 5\n “@/Source Cache/xnu/xnu-1504.15.3/bsd/kern_exec.c:3145
Debugger called:<panic>
BackTrace (cpu0), FRAME: Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
0x5F0A3e68 : 0x21b837 (0x5dd7FC 05F0A3etc ox223 ce1 0x0)
0x5F0A3398 : 0x47F5cd (0x5cf950 0x831c08 0x5 0x0)
0x5F0A3ef8 : 0x4696d2 (0x87b5d20 0x1fe 0x85eeab0 0x80000001)
0x5F0A3F38 : 0x48fee5 (0x8630b7c 0x574e5000 0x5f0a3f88 0x580a3f94)
0x5F0A3F68 : 0x219432 (0x8630b7c 0xffffff7f 0x0 0x860e000)
0x5F0A3Fa8 : 0x2aacb4 (0xffffffff 0x1 0x0 0x86e000)
0x5F0A3c8 : 0x2a1976 (0x0 0x0 0x2a17ab 0x83ed360)
BSD process name corresponding to current thread: init
MAC OS version:
Not yet set
Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel version 10.8.0: Tues Jun 7 16:33:36 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1504.15.3~1/RELEASE_I386
Ystem Model Name:IMAC II, ! (Mac-F2268DAE)
System uptime in nanoseconds: 16306791203

Now, do I take it to get fix or better to get a new one? If I get a new one, how can I recover my stuff from the HD? Can I remove the HD and use a USB adapter to plug it to my Mac Book Pro?


macrumors member
Jul 2, 2011
Bellevue, WA
If it's been off for that long it may simply be that the battery on the logic board is drained. Have you tried to reset the PRAM?

If it comes down to it, you should be able to pull the hard drive and connect it to another machine via a USB adapter, but if you have a firewire cable (and another machine that has a firewire jack) you can also try booting the wonky one into target disk mode, which essentially makes the machine into an external hard drive, negating the need for dismantling things. See here:


macrumors newbie
Jun 14, 2013
panic (cpu 0 caller 0x47F5ad): “Process 1 exec of /sbin/launchd failed, errno 5
The problem is corrupted OS. launchd is the process that starts other processes on OS X. You are going to have to reinstall OS X to fix this. Hardware should be fine, although I would be careful with the hard drive, it might be failing, but since the hard drive was not used in a year I do not think that is the case. It is probably only data degradation, which was caused by the lack of use of the hdd.
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