By astroguy Sorry for the vague subject line, but I think I have a hardware issue and I'm having trouble diagnosing it. This has been a successful Hackintosh for 2 years 2 months. I have not changed the OS still running Keep that RAM in mind. Just shut down, couldn't get it up. I spent over two hours midnight—2am, then another hour after I got up in the AM, determining that the heatsink pump had died. To make a three hour story short, the errors on the motherboard were all related to RAM, but it had been running fine with the new RAM for 10 days.
I put in the old RAM and got the computer to boot, and then I heard that the fans were going full-tilt and saw the CPU temperature at just under boiling.
And it shut down. I determined it was the pump and not motherboard because the pump did not turn on when I moved it to a header on the motherboard that had just been powering a fan that was fine. So I ordered a new CPU cooler and installed it yesterday. It was running fine for a day, after installing the new CPU heat sink. Seemed fine, then tonight 11 hrs after the brownout , I went to make dinner, came back and all the fans were going and the computer wasn't on.
The light on the Corsair pump was flickering. So, with the light flickering, I thought maybe it was the motherboard after all, and the CPU fan 1 was just dead or dying.
No problem, moved it to CPU fan 2 and moved the fans for the heatsink to chassis 2 and tweaked the fan speeds in the BIOS I was able to boot to it and I can get to the BIOS.
I can start getting to the Mac OS, but I can't actually boot fully. I have tried powering the whole system down on the PSU for awhile, going back to the old RAM works but then same error code on reboot , and even going to a passive heatsink I had in storage.
Why this May Be a Hackintosh Question: I have a pattern now to diagnose. I can get to the Clover boot menu, at which point the diagnostic LED on the motherboard turns off. I can start the Mac OS, it spits out a bunch of diagnostic stuff, and then freezes, and the lights on the motherboard turn back on and flash between the 00 and 19 errors and the display shuts off. I get to the same spot in the Mac OS startup, and that's when it shuts down. To me, from the zero that I know about this, it looks like it's saying there's a CPU error.
Meaning I may have fried the CPU or motherboard? I have attached a screenshot from the video I took of the screen while starting up the last time. I tried doing this as an addendum, after taking pictures of every screen in the BIOS so I could restore.
Fails at the same point again, the only difference each time is that in that "Backtrace CPU Do I need a new motherboard and CPU? Fortunately, everything is backed up hourly, and on my laptop, and the HDDs should still be fine.