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Constant Kernel Panics- Please help!

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Feb 11, 2014 10:41 PM


I am currently running Mountaint Lion 10.8.5 (haven't updated to mavericks quite yet) on a 2.53 GHz Intel core 2 duo Macbook Pro.  I'm not sure of the year it was made but if that's really important I can look up the serial.  Anyways, this thing is making me crazy.  Kernel Panics ("your computer shut down because of a problem") have become an extraordinarily common part of my life.  The more demanding the task (LOW resolution games would be the most demanding), the more frequent the Panics. Sometimes it even happens when I'm just browsing or watching netflix.  Usually before the kernel panic occurs the computer has heated up quite a bit and the fan starts wurring like an engine.  I do consistently use my laptop on my bed; I heard that may be affecting the airflow to the vents.  But I assure you the Panics occur on flat surfaces as well.  I bought this machine used so I don't know it's full history, but under my care, it has taken no spills, drops, or damages otherwise.  I have tried many things to help: Repairing my hard drive with Disk Utility, resetting my PRAM, cleaning things up with MacKeeper, even global virus scans that come up clean.  I don't claim to be any kind of expert, but I have tried all the tools at the disposal of my knowledge and I am really starting to get frustrated.

My last OS update was recent; far after panics started to be a problem.

I pray to god this is not a hardware issue.


Any help would be of the highest appreciation


Panic Report:

Interval Since Last Panic Report:  36672 sec

Panics Since Last Report:          5

Anonymous UUID:                    D82B1BA8-41D2-6A07-C995-9051B8D481BD



Tue Feb 11 22:43:03 2014

panic(cpu 1 caller 0xffffff801feb8945): Kernel trap at 0xffffff801fe31c1d, type 14=page fault, registers:

CR0: 0x000000008001003b, CR2: 0xffffef8107da3ff8, CR3: 0x0000000022b96000, CR4: 0x0000000000000660

RAX: 0x0000000000004000, RBX: 0x0000000000000000, RCX: 0xffffff811c6a8000, RDX: 0xffffff80323116c0

RSP: 0xffffff8107ddbe90, RBP: 0xffffff8107ddbea0, RSI: 0x00000000258f96a0, RDI: 0xffffff8020485320

R8:  0x0000000000000000, R9:  0x0000000000000000, R10: 0xffffff8032512400, R11: 0x00000000ffffffff

R12: 0xffffff80351f5d28, R13: 0xffffff81018fd050, R14: 0xffffef8107da0000, R15: 0xffffff80351f5d28

RFL: 0x0000000000010082, RIP: 0xffffff801fe31c1d, CS:  0x0000000000000008, SS:  0x0000000000000000

Fault CR2: 0xffffef8107da3ff8, Error code: 0x0000000000000002, Fault CPU: 0x1



Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address

0xffffff8107ddbb30 : 0xffffff801fe1d636

0xffffff8107ddbba0 : 0xffffff801feb8945

0xffffff8107ddbd70 : 0xffffff801fecebfd

0xffffff8107ddbd90 : 0xffffff801fe31c1d

0xffffff8107ddbea0 : 0xffffff801fe31c88

0xffffff8107ddbec0 : 0xffffff801fe3a183

0xffffff8107ddbef0 : 0xffffff801fe3cc48

0xffffff8107ddbf20 : 0xffffff801fe3cabe

0xffffff8107ddbf50 : 0xffffff801fe1b70d

0xffffff8107ddbf90 : 0xffffff801fe3bf9d

0xffffff8107ddbfb0 : 0xffffff801feb3257



BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task



Mac OS version:




Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 12.5.0: Sun Sep 29 13:33:47 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2050.48.12~1/RELEASE_X86_64

Kernel UUID: EA38B02E-2B88-309F-BA68-1DE29F605DD8

Kernel slide:     0x000000001fc00000

Kernel text base: 0xffffff801fe00000

System model name: MacBookPro5,5 (Mac-F2268AC8)



System uptime in nanoseconds: 21206263049287

last loaded kext at 262417438484:          1.8.1 (addr 0xffffff7fa20fc000, size 65536)

last unloaded kext at 323689935780:          1.8.1 (addr 0xffffff7fa20fc000, size 57344)

loaded kexts:

at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch          3932          1.8.4          1.9.5d0          100.13.12          3.0          1.60          4.1.7f4          4.1.7f4          8.1.6          3.5.12          170.3.5          1.1.11          124          2.4.7fc4          2.4.7fc4          1.0.11d1          1.0.0d1          7.0.0          3.4.5          4.1.7f4          2.0.3d0          1.0.0          1.6.3          3.0.3d1          237.1          237.1          1.0.0d1          1.0.0d1          34          320.15          3.3.1          3.5.6          404          2.3.5          615.20.17          4.9.9          621.4.0          635.4.0          2.6.6          2.0.19          621.4.6          161.0.0          1.5          1.8          1.8          1.9          1.8          1.7          214.0.0          4.0.39          2.1          214.0.0          1.0          10.0.6          1.0.4          8.1.6          8.1.6          2.4.7fc4          1.9.2fc7          1.12          1.0.11d1          2.4.7fc4          2.4.7fc4          86.0.4          4.1.7f4          3.4.5          4.1.7f4          2.2.5          1.0.0          5.4.1d13          2.3.7          2.3.7          3.1.5d4          237.3          623.4.0          3.5.6          3.5.2          621.4.6          621.4.0          3.5.6          1.7          1.7.1          1.7.1          2.5.5          3.5.6          530.5          4.5.5          630.4.4          2.5.1          3.0          2.2.9          635.4.0          2.0          2.0          1.8.1          1.1          220.3          1.0.0d1          7          345          1.8          28.21          1.8          2.8          1.4          1.0

System Profile:

Model: MacBookPro5,5, BootROM MBP55.00AC.B03, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.53 GHz, 8 GB, SMC 1.47f2

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, PCI, 256 MB

Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x0000, 0x344742444E41554344424120202020202020

Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x0000, 0x344742444E41554344424120202020202020

AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x8D), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

Bluetooth: Version 4.1.7f4 12974, 3 service, 21 devices, 3 incoming serial ports

Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en1

Serial ATA Device: WDC WD3200BPVT-24JJ5T0, 320.07 GB

Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-868

USB Device: Built-in iSight, apple_vendor_id, 0x8507, 0x24400000 / 2

USB Device: Internal Memory Card Reader, apple_vendor_id, 0x8403, 0x26500000 / 2

USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, apple_vendor_id, 0x0236, 0x04600000 / 3

USB Device: IR Receiver, apple_vendor_id, 0x8242, 0x04500000 / 2

USB Device: BRCM2046 Hub, 0x0a5c  (Broadcom Corp.), 0x4500, 0x06100000 / 2

USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, apple_vendor_id, 0x8213, 0x06110000 / 3




PS I don't know if anyone could help with this, but my machine also runs unbelievably slow considering it has 8 whopping Gigabytes of RAM.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • Melophage Level 5 Level 5 (4,070 points)
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    Feb 11, 2014 11:19 PM (in response to Aaron is a boy)

    Aaron is a boy,


    this problem is probably being caused by your RAM; you have a Mid 2009 model, which requires 1066 MHz RAM, but you currently have 1333 MHz RAM installed.

    MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • Melophage Level 5 Level 5 (4,070 points)
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    Feb 12, 2014 6:13 PM (in response to Aaron is a boy)

    Aaron is a boy,


    you can replace your two 4 GB 1333 MHz memory modules with two 4 GB 1066 MHz memory modules, so that you can continue to have a total of 8 GB of RAM installed. Having the proper speed RAM installed in your MacBook Pro will make a world of difference compared to its current performance. The little white booklet that originally came in the box with your MacBook Pro shows how to replace the memory modules, if you’re comfortable with performing minor upgrades; the important thing is to discharge any static electricity on you by touching something metallic before handling the memory modules or touching anything inside of your MacBook Pro. If you’d be more comfortable with someone else doing the memory module installation, then any competent computer shop would be able to do it.

    MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)


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