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matty-uk
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Sep 21, 2007, 09:16 AM
 
Whilst using my iBook last night it suddenly displayed a grey screen I've never seen before. I restarted the machine it the screen keeps appearing at random points. I'm thinking this could be logic board problems and am dreading the thought

I've tried resetting the PRAM, etc but it still dies. Should I post a copy of the panic.log here? I don't really want to have to buy a MacBook but if that isn't recoverable I'll just have to.
     
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Sep 21, 2007, 09:25 AM
 
Can you boot off another drive or the OS disc?

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Sep 21, 2007, 09:31 AM
 
I haven't got another drive to boot off, I can load up the machine and use it but then it'll crash.

Sometimes it'll crash at the login screen, other times I can use the machine for sometime before the grey screen appears asking me to restart my machine.
     
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Sep 21, 2007, 01:06 PM
 
This is the kernel panic

Fri Sep 21 17:21:42 2007
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x000A8A00): Uncorrectable machine check: pc = 00000000006876AC, msr = 0000000000149030, dsisr = 42000000, dar = 00000000F018EE90
AsyncSrc = 0000000000000000, CoreFIR = 0000000000000000
L2FIR = 0000000000000000, BusFir = 0000000000000000

Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
Backtrace:
0x000952D8 0x000957F0 0x00026898 0x000A8A00 0x000A7C90 0x000AB980
Proceeding back via exception chain:
Exception state (sv=0x31998000)
PC=0x006876AC; MSR=0x00149030; DAR=0xF018EE90; DSISR=0x42000000; LR=0x0068AA9C; R1=0x17683180; XCP=0x00000008 (0x200 - Machine check)
Backtrace:
0x0068AA90 0x0068BA08 0x0068C90C 0x00687A1C 0x0069D4F8 0x00698930
0x006C42EC 0x006A0B18 0x006C0874 0x006BDF9C 0x006D08F8 0x005BA42C 0x005BA2AC 0x002D19C4
0x005BA320 0x005B1240 0x005B1470 0x005B10FC 0x005BA2AC 0x002D19C4 0x005BA320 0x005B0FBC
0x0011E380 0x0011B7AC 0x0011BCBC 0x002838E8 0x0028399C 0x002608B8 0x0027FAF0 0x002AB548
0x000ABB30 0x61726436
backtrace continues...
Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
com.apple.iokit.AppleAirPort2(405.1)@0x681000
dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.5.0)@0x5ae000
dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(1.7)@0x469000
com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.5.0)@0x5ae000
Exception state (sv=0x2789F500)
PC=0x9000230C; MSR=0x0200F030; DAR=0xE00F2000; DSISR=0x42000000; LR=0x000E431C; R1=0xF00803E0; XCP=0x00000030 (0xC00 - System call)

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.0: Wed May 23 16:50:59 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.21.3~1/RELEASE_PPC
*********

Here is a more up-to-date one

Fri Sep 21 18:01:51 2007
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x000A8A00): Uncorrectable machine check: pc = 00000000006876AC, msr = 0000000000149030, dsisr = 42000000, dar = 0000000000391000
AsyncSrc = 0000000000000000, CoreFIR = 0000000000000000
L2FIR = 0000000000000000, BusFir = 0000000000000000

Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
Backtrace:
0x000952D8 0x000957F0 0x00026898 0x000A8A00 0x000A7C90 0x000AB980
Proceeding back via exception chain:
Exception state (sv=0x00D41A00)
PC=0x006876AC; MSR=0x00149030; DAR=0x00391000; DSISR=0x42000000; LR=0x0068AA9C; R1=0x17783180; XCP=0x00000008 (0x200 - Machine check)
Backtrace:
0x0068AA90 0x0068BA08 0x0068C90C 0x00687A1C 0x0069D4F8 0x00698930
0x006C42EC 0x006A0B18 0x006C0874 0x006BDF9C 0x006D08F8 0x005BA42C 0x005BA2AC 0x002D19C4
0x005BA320 0x005B1240 0x005B1470 0x005B10FC 0x005BA2AC 0x002D19C4 0x005BA320 0x005B0FBC
0x0011E380 0x0011B7AC 0x0011BCBC 0x002838E8 0x0028399C 0x002608B8 0x0027FAF0 0x002AB548
0x000ABB30 0x00000000
backtrace continues...
Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
com.apple.iokit.AppleAirPort2(405.1)@0x681000
dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.5.0)@0x5ae000
dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(1.7)@0x469000
com.apple.iokit.IONetworkingFamily(1.5.0)@0x5ae000
Exception state (sv=0x30A32780)
PC=0x9000230C; MSR=0x0200F030; DAR=0xE00F2000; DSISR=0x42000000; LR=0x000E431C; R1=0xF00803E0; XCP=0x00000030 (0xC00 - System call)

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.0: Wed May 23 16:50:59 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.21.3~1/RELEASE_PPC
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It's been up and running now for a few minutes without a crash, but I don't give it long.
     
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Sep 21, 2007, 11:23 PM
 
It looks like your "com.apple.iokit.AppleAirPort2" preference list (plist) file is corrupt.
Have you recently installed an Apple update or a 3rd-party program that interfaces with your wireless AirPort card?

Try booting in safe mode holding down the Shift key when you boot. Does it panic now at the same point? Track down that Plist file, keeping in mind that the order Mac OS references plist files is first in your ~ (User)/Library, then /System/Library. Tinker in the /System folder only as a last resort. When you do locate that plist file, temporarily drag it out onto your desktop and take note of which Library folder it was in - then reboot. If it works, great -- if not, put it back in and continue troubleshooting.
     
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Sep 23, 2007, 09:02 AM
 
Tried to track down the that file but couldn't find it so I decided to do a fresh install and it's still crashing with the same error. I think the it's time for it to be retired. I'll make do until Leopard is released and get a macbook then.
     
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Sep 25, 2007, 05:21 PM
 
Guessing its a G4. I reckon the airport card has failed. If it has an 'optional card', pull it and test. If its the last one, the card is not so easily pulled. But I have seen them fail. More than once. Causing KPs.
     
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Sep 26, 2007, 06:17 AM
 
it is an optional card. I actually turned wireless off and ran if via an ethernet cable and it still KP'd. I'll try removing the wireless card.
     
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Sep 26, 2007, 01:02 PM
 
well after checking I don't appear to have a card I can pull out, it's built-in.
     
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Sep 26, 2007, 01:19 PM
 
I didn't know they'd moved these, I don't really see the logic to it either considering they shortly discontinued the line. With my 1.2GHZ 12", it was under the keyboard, like all other iBooks.
     
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Sep 26, 2007, 02:33 PM
 
ok well they might not have moved them

found a thread on the macosxhints forum which points to alot of people having the same problem I'm having and it's a logic board replacement or just use the ibook without airport ever turned on.

Time to save for a new macbook in Jan
     
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Sep 27, 2007, 03:59 AM
 
Well turned airport off and the iBook worked without crashing but it seems the ethernet port is buggered Tried several difference connections and it kept dropping the connection requiring me to re-insert the cable each time. It wouldn't be see bad if it didn't happen every 2 minutes

Time to start saving I think, I'll just go back to using our G3 iMac.
     
   
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