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Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 16, 2023 11:14PM
2010 MBP 15", running El Cap, 8GB/1TB SSD, can't seem to stay running more than a couple of days w/o having a panic attack, requiring a restart. 1TB SSD just replaced 500GB HDD, and while I was in there, did some spring cleaning, swapped in a new battery, and re-seated the RAM for good measure. When not panicking, it's running a lot better, faster, smoother than before the makeover. In its prior life, the HDD was overfull, and had issues from leftover software misgivings that I was hoping would left in the rear view mirror after the organ transplants.

Any ideas why it keeps crying out for Xanax? and maybe how to get it to toe the line for at least a couple of weeks at a time, instead of just days?
Thanks.
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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: gadje
Date: March 17, 2023 05:15AM
When did this start, before or after recent upgrades?
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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: March 17, 2023 07:54AM
Was the ssd drive cloned from the original? Or did you do a reformat and reinstall of OS and apps? I suggest going the latter route. There are probably problematic system files.



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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 17, 2023 12:13PM
SSD was cloned from another old MBP that wasn't problematic. Way more problems before upgrades, so too hard to discern if old and current issues have any similar origins. I guess I could run a redo of El Cap from the Recovery Partition to see if that does anything/helps?
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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 17, 2023 01:03PM
Using the Console on Mac OS X El Capitan v10.11 and earlier:

“ Open the Console application (from the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder). It should open to All Messages, showing the log entries for everything that’s happened recently on your Mac. If you’ve previously narrowed the Console results, show the Log List and select All Messages before proceeding. “




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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 17, 2023 01:44PM
Console Log only goes back to last night, after latest crash.

What should I be looking for?

Thanks.

Still contemplating El Cap refresh via Recovery Partition, but waiting to see how long MBP stays up this time......
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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: gadje
Date: March 17, 2023 09:49PM
and re-seated the RAM for good measure

Hmm… I would do this again. Who knows…
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Re: Periodic spontaneous panic/restart on A1286 MBP?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 18, 2023 01:55PM
RAM passes tests, but I do have a NIB, er, NIPC (New In Plastic Clamshell), pair of same spec sticks that never made it into their intended home of a similar vintage Mini, that could be swapped in. OTOH, (knock wood), it's been behaving nicely since its last temper tantrum, so hopefully it was all just adjusting to a fresh environment (fingers crossed)....
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