Hardware or software causes for kernel panic on startup?
I have a shot at picking up a MacBook 2.0 GHZ Intel Core Duo that goes into kernel panic at startup. Seems like an easy fix if it's software related. And replacing the harddrive or RAM would be pretty easy for me, if necessary. But I'm holding back for fear that the kernel panic is related to a bigger hardware issue. To help me gauge the risks here, I'm curious if anyone knows how common it is for logic board or other hardware issues to cause this kind of kernel panic. (And alas, no, I can't test the machine before picking it up.)
Is this a good question?