White goo macbook ram slot jamed

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by drksun, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. drksun macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    I started getting lots of kernal panics today, and random shutdowns/restarts. I noticed i could trigger them by moving around my macbook. I reseated my ram, i noticed one my ram slots was stuck and I can't get my ram back into it. I took off the topcase for a better inspection and found this solid white goo in the ram slot, its almost like epoxy, i have no clue how this happened, to my knowledge before today everything has been working fine for years. The ram isn't stock, i upgraded to it a few years ago when i purchased my laptop.


    Apparently apple uses white lithium grease to lube the ram.

    Sun Aug 9 20:11:59 2009
    panic(cpu 0 caller 0x001AB0FE): Kernel trap at 0x009e90af, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x80010033, CR2: 0x00000113, CR3: 0x01077000, CR4: 0x000006e0
    EAX: 0x00000000, EBX: 0x23c0f000, ECX: 0x00000000, EDX: 0x10624dd3
    CR2: 0x00000113, EBP: 0x342fec68, ESI: 0x00000003, EDI: 0x00000000
    EFL: 0x00010246, EIP: 0x009e90af, CS: 0x00000004, DS: 0x342f000c
    Error code: 0x00000000

    Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
    0x342fead8 : 0x12b4c6 (0x45ec20 0x342feb0c 0x13355c 0x0)
    0x342feb28 : 0x1ab0fe (0x468ecc 0x9e90af 0xe 0x468678)
    0x342fec08 : 0x1a1703 (0x342fec1c 0x342fec68 0x9e90af 0xe)
    0x342fec14 : 0x9e90af (0xe 0x4390048 0xc 0xc)
    0x342fec68 : 0x9bf9ad (0x23c0f2d4 0x0 0x80 0x342ffa40)
    0x342fec88 : 0x969bb6 (0x23c0f000 0x44bb800 0x342ffa40 0x44bb800)
    0x342ffb18 : 0x5e5e88 (0x23c0f000 0x44bb800 0x46bf004 0x342ffed0)
    0x342ffb58 : 0x4268e5 (0x23c0f000 0x342ffbd0 0x0 0x0)
    0x342ffba8 : 0x5e5f04 (0x448dcc0 0x5e5e46 0x342ffbd0 0x0)
    0x342ffbf8 : 0x96d3f1 (0x23c0f000 0x44bb800 0x96d3fc 0x44bb800)
    0x342ffc38 : 0x5e8d40 (0x44bb800 0x23c0f000 0xc02069c9 0x46bf004)
    0x342ffc68 : 0x2188cf (0x46bf004 0xc02069c9 0x342ffed0 0x342ffed0)
    0x342ffcb8 : 0x216a2a (0x46bf004 0x2 0xc02069c9 0x342ffed0)
    0x342ffdd8 : 0x216aad (0x44fc7f8 0xc02069c9 0x342ffed0 0x3ffc000)
    0x342ffdf8 : 0x395bda (0x44fc7f8 0xc02069c9 0x342ffed0 0x3ffc000)
    0x342ffe58 : 0x395cab (0x44fc7f8 0xc02069c9 0x342ffed0 0x3ffc000)
    Backtrace continues...
    Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IO80211Family(216.1)@0x967000
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.6)@0x5cd000
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.6.1)@0x5de000
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.6.1)@0x5de000

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: SystemUIServer

    Mac OS version:

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 9.7.0: Tue Mar 31 22:52:17 PDT 2009; root:xnu-1228.12.14~1/RELEASE_I386
    System model name: MacBook1,1 (Mac-F4208CC8)

    System uptime in nanoseconds: 848925549751
    unloaded kexts:
    com.apple.driver.InternalModemSupport 2.4.0 - last unloaded 131238933480
    loaded kexts:
    com.vmware.kext.vmnet 2.0.4
    com.vmware.kext.vmioplug 2.0.4
    com.vmware.kext.vmci 2.0.4
    com.vmware.kext.vmx86 2.0.4
    com.serato.usb.kext 1.8.4
    at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch 2.0.45
    com.apple.driver.InternalModemSupport 2.4.0 - last loaded 28749021816
    com.apple.iokit.IOBluetoothSerialManager 2.1.6f8
    com.apple.filesystems.autofs 2.0.2
    com.apple.driver.AppleHDAPlatformDriver 1.6.8a3
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    com.apple.driver.AppleUpstreamUserClient 2.7.5
    com.apple.driver.AppleIntelGMAX3100 5.4.4
    com.apple.Dont_Steal_Mac_OS_X 6.0.3
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    com.apple.driver.AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer 5.4.4
    com.apple.driver.AppleHDAController 1.6.8a3
    com.apple.driver.SMCMotionSensor 2.1.1d2
    com.apple.iokit.IOFireWireIP 1.7.7
    com.apple.driver.AudioIPCDriver 1.0.6
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    com.apple.driver.AppleUSBTCKeyEventDriver 1.7.4f1
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    com.apple.iokit.IOAHCIBlockStorage 1.2.1
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    com.apple.driver.AppleAHCIPort 1.6.0
    com.apple.driver.AppleIntelPIIXATA 2.0.0
    com.apple.iokit.AppleYukon2 3.1.12b14
    com.apple.driver.AppleUSBEHCI 3.4.3
    com.apple.driver.AppleUSBUHCI 3.3.5
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    com.apple.driver.AppleHPET 1.4
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    com.apple.security.seatbelt 107.12
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    com.apple.security.TMSafetyNet 3
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  2. gillboyswims96 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    :eek: teehee

    i wonder if anyone else will think what im thinking :p
  3. dubels macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2006
    Did you do the upgrade by yourself, or did Apple do it for you? I have never seen white grease on my ram, not like that at least.
  4. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Oh dear god x.x

    Hahaha xD
  5. gillboyswims96 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    lol. good to kno im not the only one thinking this.
  6. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    A little coincidence- I picked up an old Core Duo MacBook today. When upgrading the RAM, I too noticed one of the DIMMs had a white goo (a bit like really crappy thermal grease) on it.
  7. freepeacesweet macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2008
    Cayman Islands
    The white goo I have seen before in Apple Macbooks it's a thermal grease they use.

    If it's jammed it must be slightly off center. Not alot you can do apart from wiggling it gently until it moves. I would try and remove it rather than puching it in and then retry. The sockets are pretty tight hence why they use that white goo!

    Good luck!
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    What are we talking about here? :confused:
  9. drksun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    i ended up getting it out, it was a small piece of white plastic, presumably from the case. no clue how it got in there, but it messed up that ram slot. I think the pins got pushed in too much. I might just buy a 2gb ram stick and call it a day but I'm not sure about their compatibility. I have a macbook core duo
  10. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Core Duo's don't support 2GB chips - most will not start up with a 2GB chip in either of the slots......

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