My power mac and kernal panic are having a picnic

Benjamin W.

October 22, 2009

Well, I’m sad to say that my mac has been having some serious issues. It’s at the apple store for 48 hours and hopefully it’s just some faulty RAM because I can’t afford much more for repairs. So thanks to the other apple product I can’t live without and the wordpress app, I’m still able to blog.

This brings me to my list of tips for anyone experiencing kernal panic on your mac:

  1. Do a hardware test. Find your original OSX install disc and pop it in. Then restart the computer and hold down the option key as it is booting up. You’ll see the hardware test as an option. Do it. The mac genius at the northridge Apple store said I should do an erase and install first as it’s usually software related. Sure but the hardware test takes 30 min and I don’t have to erase anything or reinstall a bunch of software and I’ll know if there’s something wrong with the hardware. And that’s way Bette than the guessing game I’ve been playing for the last 4 days.

  2. The mac genius first line of defense is: erase and install first, ask questions later. So if your hardware test came out ok, you should just back up everything and do an erase and install of OSX. The Apple Store charges $99 to do it and there’s no point in bringing in if you’re not ready to erase the drive.

And 3. After all this, if it is still kernal panicing and your hair is as white as mine, the apple genius will run a diagnostic that can last three days. And you should hope to god that your warranty is still good. Because if it’s anything but faulty RAM, you could be looking at a good $600 at least to fix it. If you’re still protected with AppleCare than everything should work out okay.

Really, I just want a one of those beautiful new 27.5 inch iMacs and a magic mouse. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

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Graphic Design & Web Design

Letter Case was my one-man design shop based in Los Angeles, CA.
I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

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A simple tool called Talkative to help people publish their talks on the web.

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