6200 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2010 8:21 PM by rjcchan
Simple way to test whether or not this is a memory issue is to remove one stick of RAM and run AHT again. Does it lock up? If yes, swap the sticks of RAM. If it still locks up, your RAM is likely fine.
You can also inspect the RAM sticks for any signs of physical damage. It's rare, but it does happen, that you'll see some kind of residue that looks like it came out of one of the chips. It's usually white in color, but it doesn't have to be. Electricians and what not tend to call that "letting the smoke out" of a chip. If you see anything like that, you know that bit of RAM is dead.
Kernel panics can happen from bad RAM, but more often it's the result of something even worse. So, hope that all it is is some bad RAM. If you're a religious person, praying might be a good idea. The other alternative is the logic board is going bad, and if that's the case, you'll just want to buy a new computer.