How did you solve your kernel_task issue?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by slapguts, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Lately my Rev. A MBA has been going nuts every hour or so, with the dreaded kernel_task 150% of CPU problem.

    Has anyone successfully solved this? Any recommendations on dealing with Applecare on this? I'm fully covered until May of 2011, but would rather not be without my MBA for the multiple weeks it sometimes seems to get this issue solved.

    I've been grabbing screencaps every time it happens, so there is a record of it in case I can't get it to happen at the Genius Bar. I'm even running ClickToFlash, and with no flash in use it's been acting up.

    I also have the loose hinge issue, if I present them all at the same time, would my chances of getting a replacement be better? About how long would a new hinge and logic board take to replace?
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Stop blocking the vents? Honestly, that's the only time I see the kernel_task kick in.
  3. slapguts thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Lucky you. Mine does it in a 74 degree room, while sitting on a glass top table.

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  4. bunnyhero macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2008
    coolbook, which undervolts your processor, keeps my macbook air cooler and prevents kernel_task from eating up all my CPU. unfortunately, it currently isn't working with 10.6.2 :( . soon, though, according to this.

    it's $10 shareware but well worth it. it really works.
  5. slapguts thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Well, now I'm getting the dreaded hard drive clicks. Making an appointment, and pressing for a replacement. Rev. B.
  6. still in school macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2009
    Let me know how that goes. I hear my Hdd click too, but wouldn't know how to replicate that problem at the store...
  7. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004

    This is a hardware failure - visit a Genius Bar. I think there's a failed ribbon cable somewhere - shouldnt cost too much to fix.


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