Two kernel panics in a 24-hour period

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by pmac933, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. pmac933 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2003
    I've only been using Macs for 4 months now, so I'm not sure about how to handle certain issues that arise. Anyway, I've had two kernel panics within the past 24 hours and was wondering if I should be doing any troubleshooting on my Mac.

  2. timbloom macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2002
    First off, some basic diagnostics:

    Start up holding down apple-s
    type 'fsck -y' when you see the prompt, hit enter.
    If it said "the filesystem was modified", run it again till it does not say that.
    If it says "the drive appears to be ok" then just type 'reboot'

    Then I suggest you repair permissions. Which is an option in Disk Utility under First Aid.
  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    on my iBook i had like a kernel panic every hour so i formatted the hard drive and started all over again and it works fine now :)
  4. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: Two kernel panics in a 24-hour period

    Any new hardware on the machine? USB or Firewire? or new RAM?

  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    Re: Two kernel panics in a 24-hour period


    > What was your Mac doing when the Panic occured?

    > Any commonality between the two in this regard?

    > What changed - what was different before you had the panics, and now after?

    > Were you connecting to an SMB share (Windows Server) at the time? - If the SMB mount goes away [crash], and your mac is not disconnected - the SMB mount is still visible on your desktop - this can cause a panic.

    > How close to a heater is your Mac's intake vent?

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