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Kernel Panics?

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Mar 18, 2012 3:16 AM

Hi everyone,


I know there are a lot of discussion threads already on this and I have read through many of them, but I am not very techy and was hoping someone might be able to explain it to me in layman's terms.. I have had about 6-8 kernal panic messages that required me to restart in the about the last 2 months. I have had two tonight and I have rebooted using safe boot, although I'm not really sure what this does, but I don't know why they keep happening and what I can do to stop them? As far as I can tell, they shouldn't happen this frequently and I don't even know if they damage my computer or not? If anyone can provide the answers to these questions that would be greatly appreciated.




Oh and I am using a MacBook, version 10.6.8......

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:39 AM (in response to vids93)

    In the overwhelming majority of cases, KPs means a major hardware issue; any hardware component may lead to a KP: internal disk, RAM, graphics card, physical keyboard, mouse, an external disk, a flash drive etc. etc. Some applications and utilitites, mainly outdated ones, may also lead to KPs

    As the range is so large, you must narrow it by eliminating the possible causes. First of all, check what outdated software you have, mainly those starting up at login, most of them are useless, but harmful. Try to note when this shows up, e.g. when connecting an external drive or flash drive. If yes, it is probable that they are the cause. Or perhaps the mouse, not rarely the case. Your MB should have 2 DVDs, one contains a hardware test (it is specified on it), boot from it and run the long test. It is not always relevant, but may be useful.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to vids93)

    If you want to solve it by yourself, take it step by step, as suggested. A sotware issue is rare, but frequent with outdated utilitites which startup at login. Then, pay attention if this occurs if you connect a mouse, a flash drive, an external keyboard, etc. You must get to the point of identifying the rascal.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to vids93)

    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on diagnosing kernel panics. However, we cannot help you unless you provide detailed information regarding the panics and post the panic log: Mac OS X- How to log a kernel panic.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:11 AM (in response to vids93)

    If you identified the issue, you must solve it, either by checking whether the driver, if any, or the device itself, which is damaged.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to vids93)

    that USB device may have a driver, something you installed before using it for the first time. I remember having regular KPs after installing the driver for a USB-to-wl network adaptor, it was in the Panther-Tiger era, but anyway.

    I do not know what that device is but, if KPs do not show up if not connecting it, then you know what you must do: either checking the driver associated to it (may be) or the device itself. For sure, having a KP from time to time is one thing, and may be bearable, and having KPs every day is already dangerous.


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