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  1. #1
    Macbook Pro Kernel Panic
    Hi all first time posting. I am still using a macbook pro mid 2007 17" till today. been great but i have been getting kernel panics and it cant even boot past the apple logo. tried removing ram, hdd, wifi and even using the usb el capitan will crash. theres no gpu failure as the screen are all working fine.

    please help! thank you!

    photos as attached.

    IMG_20181104_190229[1].jpg

    IMG_20181104_222745[1].jpg

    IMG_20181209_232911[1].jpg

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    Macbook Pro Kernel Panic
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    Some questions:

    1. When you say you removed the RAM...what exactly did you do?
    2. If you removed the HD...what alternate source were you trying to boot the computer from?
    3. Before the kernel panics started...did you do anything unusual...such as installing software, updating or upgrading the OS...or doing a firmware update?
    4. What OS version is installed on the HD?

    - Nick
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    Macbook Pro Kernel Panic
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    theres no gpu failure as the screen are all working fine.
    Not necessarily true as the GPU has two modes of operation, one for simple, low demand graphics and the other for more detailed graphic operations. Not saying the GPU is the problem, just that you cannot rule it out at this point.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Some questions:

    1. When you say you removed the RAM...what exactly did you do?
    2. If you removed the HD...what alternate source were you trying to boot the computer from?
    3. Before the kernel panics started...did you do anything unusual...such as installing software, updating or upgrading the OS...or doing a firmware update?
    4. What OS version is installed on the HD?

    - Nick
    hi nick

    1. When you say you removed the RAM...what exactly did you do?
    i changed to new RAMS and tried single ram slot
    2. If you removed the HD...what alternate source were you trying to boot the computer from?
    Basically i tried to boot using my previous HDD and new HDD. Tried reinstalling El Capitan. Doesnt work anymore and couldnt get pass recovery mode.
    3. Before the kernel panics started...did you do anything unusual...such as installing software, updating or upgrading the OS...or doing a firmware update?
    It was running on bootcamp Windows and attempted to install linux. Nothing unusual. No firmware updates done. Then I rebooted the kernel panics occured
    4. What OS version is installed on the HD?
    El Capitan and Windows 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Not necessarily true as the GPU has two modes of operation, one for simple, low demand graphics and the other for more detailed graphic operations. Not saying the GPU is the problem, just that you cannot rule it out at this point.
    Noted on that
    Last edited by Rkid; 12-09-2018 at 05:53 PM.

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    new screenshot of the kernel panics. just hope that i can understand what the error is.
    running on no HDD and single 2gb ram

    IMG_20181209_215304.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rkid View Post
    new screenshot of the kernel panics. just hope that i can understand what the error is.
    running on no HDD and single 2gb ram

    Have you got a known good backup (even Time Machine maybe with that era Mac) or clone drive you can try booting from??

    Do you have the OS X install disks that came with the MBPro and try booting with them???





    - Patrick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rkid View Post
    It was running on bootcamp Windows and attempted to install linux.


    Are you saying that all was working fine...and either during the Linux install or right after the Linux install...this is when the kernel panics started?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rkid View Post
    El Capitan and Windows 7
    Will the computer boot into the El Capitan Recovery Partition ok/normally?

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Have you got a known good backup (even Time Machine maybe with that era Mac) or clone drive you can try booting from??

    Do you have the OS X install disks that came with the MBPro and try booting with them???





    - Patrick
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    unfortunately i dont have any time backup. i tried loading snow leopard CD but it took forever to load and stuck in the apple logo. not even past the recovery mode

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    hi nick!


    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post


    Are you saying that all was working fine...and either during the Linux install or right after the Linux install...this is when the kernel panics started?
    Yes i was able to boot to Windows previously until i restarted after installing Linux. I never had a problem with Linux on this mac before. And then when i restarted it gave me the kernel panics. Not sure if it was Linux or Windows...Now I can't boot into any operating system


    Will the computer boot into the El Capitan Recovery Partition ok/normally?
    It will crash as per photo above. It wouldnt even let me go past recovery partition. I was never successful into going recovery mode. It will just crash

    - Nick

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    unfortunately i dont have any time backup. i tried loading snow leopard CD but it took forever to load and stuck in the apple logo. not even past the recovery mode

    What boot options do you get, if any, when pressing and holding the Option key at StartUp???





    - Patrick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    What boot options do you get, if any, when pressing and holding the Option key at StartUp???





    - Patrick
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    i am still able to see my drives when i press the option key. but when i click on any drives it will crash and give me kernel panics as photo above during apple logo loading screen and will reboot by itself.

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    IMG_20181210_135714[1].jpg

    new screenshot. i tried clicking the RECOVERY drive and leads me to this. sigh

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    have you tried all the different Recovery key combinations?

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204904

    There are a few different options, let us know if it helps.

    Personally, I believe you will need to wipe the drive and reinstall. Or, if you can boot to a different drive, you should be able to pull your data off the "afflicted" drive.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Macbook Pro Kernel Panic
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    have you tried all the different Recovery key combinations?

    It may even help to try booting using Safe Boot Mode. At least it's no big deal to at least try it.

    BTW: Were those models also affected by the bad graphics/logic board that Apple had an extended replacement for that was available and done on my 2007 15" MacBook Pro model? And if so, was the replacement done? That plan as long since expired.

    Just a thought.





    - Patrick
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    Last edited by pm-r; 12-10-2018 at 01:17 PM.

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    Macbook Pro Kernel Panic
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    I'm still wondering if something "funky" happened during the running of Windows & doing the Linux install right around the time the kernel panics started. Usually if the KP's are something software/OS based...booting from a problem-free secondary HD will solve things. If something like this happens (not hardware based KP's)...and booting from a clean/problem-free external HD doesn't help...then I'm thinking something firmware-based could be the issue.

    For example...if a firmware update/upgrade was applied...and it was either the incorrect firmware upgrade...or something happened in the middle of a firmware upgrade (computer was shut off for example)...then maybe these KP's could be the result.

    Of course many times KPs are hardware based (many times bad RAM based)...and RAM was already mentioned as swapped out by the OP. if this situation is a hardware based KP issue...then maybe it was an unfortunate coincidence that these KP's started at the same time as the Linux install.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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