kernal_task taking bulk %cpu

Discussion in 'macOS' started by efoto, May 13, 2005.

  1. efoto macrumors 68030

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    Could be basics, not sure, but I don't know what kernal_task is (although I assume its the kernal in charge of the tasks :rolleyes: ) but I usually don't' see it high on the list in Activity Monitor.

    I put the PB to sleep going to lunch (because on Friday we play cards afterwards, long time away) and when I wake it up, kernal_task is taking upwards of 25% cpu. What exactly is kernal_task and what does it do? I am pretty sure I need it running, but I have no idea why :confused:
     
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  3. Lacero macrumors 604

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    In Panther, sometimes the Finder process would take up 100% or 200% in the case of my G5 PowerMac for several minutes on end. Had no idea what it was doing, but since the process was owned by root, I thought it benign, but it sucks because mouse movement was very jerky.

    However, I rarely get it now in 10.3.9 so it might have been a bug.
     
  4. efoto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Perfect explanation, thank you.

    It only lasted perhaps a minute or two, not more so I wasn't overly concerned, just curious :D
    Thanks again.
     

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