Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
I'm testing Skype using only the internal speakers as I type this--so no headphones. My Razer Nostromo speedpad has been unplugged for a long time (days). I've been in an almost 3 hour call, ongoing and there haven't been any issues yet. The only USB peripheral I'm using right now is the mouse, which I removed the driver for.
I would test the jack with another pair of headphones, but I'm not sure I have any. I understand the value of testing with the Apple Mouse, but I have trouble using it due to the shape. Turning up the tracking in System preferences helps a bit, but the mouse still doesn't have any physical buttons (or the side buttons which I specifically bought that mouse for. Unless I've needed help with cleaning the exterior of the Naga Mouse and had to use the Magic Mouse while it was being cleaned, the Naga has been plugged in since the day I unboxed this computer. Just to be absolutely sure, I'll use the Apple mouse for the rest of the day--but I honestly think it's either an issue with the way the sound drivers interact with the headphones, or the jack itself. I'm not sure if AHT is even able to detect any issues with the jack, or what I can do to correct the issue on a software level.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to Ascherose)
LOL, I prefer to think that the Razer hardware is corrupting Apple's sound drivers! Man....you sure love that Razer stuff don't you?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 19, 2013 1:25 PM (in response to Ascherose)
It's possible, but since the headphones use a standard 3.5mm jack (although the cable is "split" into the headphone and mic jacks seperately), there shouldn't be an issue. Yesterday, I tested with the Apple mouse for a while, without the headphones in. No panics. I plugged the Naga mouse in and used it (without the headphones) until 2 in the morning. No panics. The issue seems to be narrowed down to "no headphones, no panic, headphones=panic."
Since I reset the PRAM last night, I guess I'll test the headphones again today and see what it does.
Yes, I know it seems like I'm devoted to the brand, but the truth is that Razer only provides products that meet my needs for the lowest price (the Naga mouse being the best example.) I bought these headphones purely because of their size, since I need a large, full ear headset that's relatively inexpensive. Smaller and/or cheaper headphones make my ears hurt after about 30 minutes, but I was able to wear these headphones for a full 14 hours without issue. My circumstances mean that I'm at the computer all day--the only time it's off is when I sleep it when I go to bed. The only time it's ever restarted is for program installs, software updates, or kernel panics.
I still don't understand why these headphones would be panic free for a week or two and then start crashing my Mac out of the blue. IF it is a driver issue, which is still somewhat likely, then I'll wipe and reinstall the OS--but I'm seeing if I can get an old backup machine to use during the process.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2013 8:27 PM (in response to Ascherose)
Good, if confusing news:
Since resetting the PRAM I haven't had any kernel panics for about four days now, even with the headphones plugged in. I had forgotten to do that when I reset the SMC earlier. While I'm glad the issue is resolved, I'm confused as to how something as low-level as the PRAM could cause kernel panics. Maybe something in the sound settings was not what the kernel expected.
Either way, I thank all the respondents for their support and information.