Weird Kernel Panic

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  1. Chad H macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,
    I have noticed something weird and I have eliminated everything and still don't have an answer. I installed the Gen2 Intel SSD and had to use carbon cloner because I can't boot from my OSX DVD all of a sudden. When I insert the DVD and restart the computer and attempt to boot from it, it will sit at the grey screen with the apple logo/spinning wheel and eventually give me a kernel panic. I have ran a long and short hardware test and nothing is wrong with my system. Also, if I use the terminal command to install OSX to another drive when I try to boot from that drive it does the exact same thing. This has to be something common. I didn't copy the kernel panic log but can I look it up to post it here? Any advice would be great. :)

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    ChadH

    Anybody got any idea's on this? The install cd is OSX 10.5.6.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Try installing OSX to another drive then after running software updates, making a clone over to the SSD. It is possible that the older version of Mac OSX doesn't work with the drive.

    I've also been seeing a large number of reported problems with Intel's gen 2 drives.
     
  3. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, oddly enough when I try to install through terminal to lets say a 500GB caviar black it will install then when I restart to boot from it then I recieve the same kernel panic.
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    So maybe the issue is installing through Terminal?
     
  5. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What would explain when I try to boot from the install OSX dvd?
     
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Maybe the cause is a scratched OSX install disk?
     
  7. DavidR91 macrumors member

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    I don't think it'd be the disk itself- he should have got CRCs or other errors way before install completion if that were the case. (Although the whole inability to boot from it is a bit fishy - makes me wonder whether the CD/DVD drive is the culprit?)

    Obviously the "sticking point" is the new SSD. But you can't really do much else until you narrow down the source - so I say swap the SSD for a spare (tape) HD, and try it again. If it works, you know it's related to the SSD, and if it doesn't, there's something else afoot.

    The easier solution is to try OS X install on another machine, since you can remove the disk as a potential error source without screwing with hardware (but only if you're willing to install a potential busted copy of OS X on a spare machine)
     
  8. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, I have put in the stock HD and it still does it. Even the newly installed superdrive is doing it. That's where I first noticed it. I would suspect the ram but I have ran two different hardware tests.
     
  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    This only leads us to think the DVD drive is the problem.

    Can you try installing to the drive on another Mac?
     
  10. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I wish, my Mac Pro is the only Mac that I currently have. But, both super drives could be bad? The factory installed and newly installed or something to do with the connector?
     
  11. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Can you not go by the Apple store and see if they can install a fresh install of Mac OSX on a drive for you?
     
  12. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, I live 2 hours from the nearest Apple store. Sucks but nothing I can do. :(
     
  13. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Get on the phone with AppleCare and see if they will send you a replacement OSX disk or something.
    If you have any friends with Macs, see if they can't try to install Mac OSX to a drive for you.

    Also, have you tried cloning your existing boot drive to make sure the SSD works perfectly? (although it won't fix the problem)
     
  14. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I used Carbon Cloner and it worked fine. I'm on the SSD right now. Its my main boot drive.
     
  15. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I still think the problem may be a scratched or damaged disk.

    Have you ever installed off this disk before, or are you still using the original installation your machine came with?
     
  16. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope I'm still using the original. Never used to cd other than bootcamp drivers for Windows 7 which I have used several times. But never for an OSX install. First time I tried was a couple of days ago when the kernel panic started occurring. Will Apple ship me another OSX dvd?
     
  17. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Yes, I would assume so. You could argue that the disk was faulty to begin with and they should ship you a replacement. ;)
     
  18. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will give them a call and then update this thread just in case anybody else ever has this problem. Thanks again for your advice and help. :)
     
  19. djjclark macrumors regular

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    Did you verify that both drives were working after the second one was installed? I would disconnect the newly installed superdrive and try to boot off of the original (after making sure all cables are solidly plugged in).
     
  20. Chad H thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep tried that too. Its really puzzling. It would have to the disc...or I hope. Would a bad disc cause a kernel panic?
     
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