Would appreciate help -

I have an old MBP mid-2009 shipped originally with 10.5.7 Leopard, currently running 10.6.8. I restarted recently and found a kernel panic on startup. I have tried booting in safe mode (unsuccessful), recovery mode (unsuccessful), reset NV-RAM (unsuccessful startup) and from an OSX install disc ("unable to install OSX on this computer"). The last option yielded an actual startup screen ith language options and a box offering the option of restoring from a TM backup (I don't have one as I did not have any important data on this machine). So broadly the machine works but never gets past the grey screen with the apple logo and the time wheel.

I have another 2 newer MBPs at home and considered using target mode to resuscitate the oldest malfunctioning mac. BTW I can't eject the OSX disc from the bad mac.

Any advice on how to revive my old Mac? I'd like to keep using it as it was fine yesterday.


  • One at the time:) the disk eject should be possible in manual mode. Look carefully there should be a pinhole. Use toothpick and stick it in it to release mechanism. – Ruskes Aug 3 '13 at 22:58

Too late for this question, but why do people not consult Apple about Kernel Panics? Maybe you had other choices, yesterday.

My July 25 answer to similar question:

Read Apple's own support page, About Kernel Panics , and MacWorld's How To Troubleshoot a Kernel Panic. You'll be able to isolate the problem and from there, know what steps to take, many of which are quite simple.

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Boot in Target disk mode and see if you can repair the disk... if the disk is fine but the OS is corrupted then do a clean install. If you have good backups I would suggest wiping the drive and doing an install then restore your data.

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