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Not sure what happened -- OS X hung, then after two hours of trying various things and then leaving it alone, the system displayed a kernel panic message and rebooted, after I pressed "r" as prompted. I finally had to clear the p-ram for the thing to even boot into OS 9. I followed Apple's instructions in the TILs and booted into single user mode after using the System Disk utility BUT ... fsck won't fix the error it finds: "Problem: Invalid LEOF, 28239, 1024"!!! And yes I've made sure to try -f -y -b16, etc.

It will boot into OS X if I let it (quite unstable and I don't like forceably rebooting Un*x boxen); and when the OS X disk utility is used to verify my OS X volume, it reports the exact same error. I even tried running Disk Doctor after booting into OS 9 but it can't fix the error either ... sigh =(

Am I out of luck, do I have to reinstall? Anyone have any suggestions or run into the same problem? Anyone know what to do in the future to avoid this type of problem?
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Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 26, '00 01:41:08PM

Make sure you reformat your OSX partition using Drive Setup. Reformat it as HFS+, and then run the OSX installer. Consider the possibility of a damaged hard drive or defective RAM, or simply a bug in OSX. What were you doing before OSX hung for two hours?

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Replace RAM
Authored by: giofoto on Sep 11, '02 10:21:48PM

I reinstalled the system 7 times till I decided it was the RAM they (macmall) installed so I ran on 128 MB of RAM without a kernal panic error. Sure enough! I requested new RAM replacement and its running fine now.

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Replace RAM
Authored by: ivanossi on Sep 12, '02 12:18:54AM

I also had this problem until I replaced bad RAM.
Haven't had a Kernel panic since then.

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