I had successive kernel panics yesterday that really broke my back and led me to do some major troubleshooting to narrow down what is causing all my issues.
I will try to do this using the process of elimination. I decided to unhook the Cintiq from the Mac Pro and install it on my back up machine, a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. This machine was purposely brought in months ago for this particular situation wherein I need to work on a back up machine in case the main workstation goes bonkers.
The Mac Pro, as of this writing, has been running for 19 hours straight now under the Apple Hardware Test to see if any of my internal hardware, particularly any of my RAM modules, are defective. I’ve been searching the web for the cause of what I recently found out as my “intermittent kernel panic” and I just recently learned that that may be caused my faulty RAM modules or the processor of the machine itself.
I installed extra RAM from a 3rd party vendor several weeks ago. These are not Apple branded products; those are ridiculously expensive compared to the 3rd party certified RAMs. I am investigating to see if these 3rd party RAM modules are now defective since I never tested them when I first installed them.
So I am now doing my work on the iMac. Surprisingly, the Cintiq is working pretty stable on it, knock on wood! Of course, that remains to be seen; I intend to complete my posing assignments on the iMac until such time that I need to do animation and that is when I will move back to the Mac Pro. By that time, I hope to get a result from the Apple Hardware Test. Right now, the results are still negative; there’s no problem found. To narrow down the culprits, I intend to pull the 3rd party RAM modules out of the machine and work using the stock 2GB and see if the kernel panics will disappear.
Wish me luck!