04-29-2010, 04:22 AM
Hey guys, first post here, I'm hoping you can help me out. First some specs on my computer.
10gb Ram (2gb apple, 8gb ramjet)
It started yesterday when I was listening to some music in itunes and all of a sudden the computer froze. I could still move the mouse around, but nothing would respond. I restarted the computer, the grey apple screen loaded but froze mid load and went to the kernel panic screen saying that I had to restart the computer. I did so, but it always took me back to the kernel screen. I wasn't freaking out at this point as I just happened to have backed all of my stuff up and was planning on doing a fresh install anyway.
Things I tried:
Loading disk utility from install disk
Removing after market ram and all peripherals
Installing a new HDD and attempting a fresh install
Apple Hardware Check
Installing Snow Leopard to external disc (via wife's macbook pro), and option-booting from that.
None of these things worked, every time I was taken to the kernel panic screen.
Finally I called applecare and later took it into the genius bar with the new harddrive (having forgotten the old). The genius took a small g-drive with some software loaded on it. He option-booted and amazingly there was no kernel screen. I watched him but I didn't see him run any programs. We then threw a snow leopard disc in the machine and restarted the computer holding down the c-key. Again, no kernel panic. Everything was working fine. Unable to replicated the problem I took the tower home.
I first tried booting from the install disc and once again it worked, no kernel screen. I put the old harddrive back in and did the same and successfully reached disk utility with no kernel screen. I repaired the disk and verified permissions and then hoping that the problem was solved I tried to restart the computer.
Crap, kernel panic. Restarted, again kernel panic. Unable to boot from the disk again. I tried putting the new harddrive back in and boot from the disk. kernel panic!
I had a feeling at the time that I shouldn't try booting from the old harddrive again but I ignored it hoping that the disk repair would have worked. I'm kicking myself pretty hard now.
I would take it back to the apple bar but I'm a ways away and would rather not make the drive if I don't have to.
Can anyone shed some light on what is going on? Does anyone know what could possibly have been on the genius's harddrive, is it something I can install on my own harddrive and run?
Many thanks for any help anyone can offer.