When do you give up on a Mac with Kernel panics

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dwl017, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. dwl017 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2007
    Murder Capitol DC
    I have a DP Powermac G4 1.25Ghz machine that has recently started to get Kernel attacks at least once a day. I have gone through the entire list of self fix remedies etc ran all the hardware test plus memory test and everything checks out ok. I see no point in taking it to an Apple service center due to the age of the unit etc.

    I have also read that brand new Macs get Kernel panics so what is the real true story on these and when do you just suck it up on a old machine like mine and just throw the towel in. Or do you continue to use the machine for light web surfing and email checking obviously you don't save any crucial information on a Mac with Kernel panics.

    Is it basically like a terminal cancer for Mac's even though the test come back clear the problem is hidden deep in the core of system.

    Any thoughts :confused:
  2. jepjepjep macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2004
    make sure it's not the ram

    I had kernel panics with my iBook G4, and couldn't figure out what the problem was for weeks. It turned out that faulty ram was the culprit and the Apple Hardware Test failed to recognize the bad ram. I even went through the charade of looping the hardware test overnight and it always came back as okay.

    My suggestion is to pull out all of your ram except for one stick (that you know is good) and see if you can isolate the problem.
  3. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    My experience has also been that most kernel panics are RAM related.

    But if you're ready to throw in the towel ... I'll take it ;)

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