Smorgasboard of problems in OSX lately, and now endless kernel panic

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Shortsord, May 15, 2008.

  1. Shortsord macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    This came out fairly long, but really the most relevant and important part I need help with is the first paragraph.

    Tonight my latest gen G4 powerbook running the latest OSX.4 had a kernel panic that will now not end. Zapping PRAM or NVRAM didn't do anything, and booting into single user mode gives the "We are hanging in here" message. In the grand tradition of computer crashes, yes, this did occur when I have a 25% of my grade paper due tomorrow at 8am, no joke. What can I do to fix this? Do I need to boot from disc? Do I need to reinstall OSX? Do I need to buy a new 24" iMac? What is causing this?

    This actually comes after a string of things going wrong.

    Lately, the past few months I suppose, the fan has been running constantly anytime after the machine is on for more than a few minutes. Just endless fan noise, even when it is sleeping,until it is restarted, wherein the fan starts up again after it's on for a few more minutes. I've ignored it because I didn't mind it, but now I'm worried it's related. What could cause/remedy this?

    OSX hasn't been particularly slow lately, but every browser I use is, Mozilla is just a crawl and Safari recently stopped working for me altogether, as a recent post I made here indicated. The only odd OSX thing is that the sound randomly decides to repeat a specific sound over and over again for a little less than a minute. Turning the sound down or off works, but if I turn it off when the sound starts and back on again in a few seconds, the sound will still be repeating. This happens in itunes, in WoW, and in Mozilla and Safari. Any ideas about this?

    I suppose as a side question, since this is making me heavily consider getting a new machine, what do I need to look for to optimize extremely heavy internet browsing? This is one of my primary uses of my computer, and by heavy, I mean having open maybe 6 windows with around 16 tabs each at a time. Heavy research use going back and forth between tabs and windows, and this has always been a problem on my computers. Would most any new computer be able to handle this, or would I look specifically for ram, cpu power, or even a certain browser?

    Thank you for any and all help, I realize this has been quite a long post. My primary concern is the kernel panic situation, but any help with the other questions here is also greatly appreciated.
  2. Shortsord thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Well, this is a bump. I really need some help as far as how to get the computer to stop kernel panicking, or at least determine if it's dead.

    I tried removing the ram, I have one gig stick from datamem and the 512k standard from apple. I removed one stick and tried turning the computer on, zapping pram or vram, and booting into single user. Then I tried with the other stick. Both times, no effect. Still panicking. So this means it's not the ram?
  3. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht
    only quick fix i can think is, start the macbook in target-mode up, copy your files to a working mac, finish your paper

    troubleshoot later....
  4. Shortsord thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Well, the paper's pat due already, and I have another to help me take care of it for now. The professor is letting me have the weekend to finish it over again(I brought the laptop to class and showed her the kernel panic message under single user, she liked it a lot). So I'm making progress on the assignment alright.

    But this situation is really bad, and I really want to know if I have any hope or should just go buy a new comp quickly before more assignments start piling up.
  5. TheCreator macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Backup all of your data and try to reinstall the OS?
  6. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 9, 2007
    The fans running constantly, and well slower system, tells me your file has a rampant system file that just wont quit. This of course takes up lots of CPU process causing the CPU to constantly be workin whihc means more heat, which means fans on all the time.

    If you can stay booted long enouh(before kernel panic) go to "acticity monitor" in /applications/utilities

    see if yu have a system file using a large percent of your CPU. Im tempted to tell you to just force quit that process (if there is one), but mindlessly force quitting system process'es can cause problems and well kernel panics.

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