kernel_task

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  1. cammykool macrumors regular

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    I did a reinstall of OSX over this ad it is still here.

    before it was using in excess of 3 gigs of ram... it used to run horribly slow and was super buggy. my MBP is out of warranty but the genus bar guys have no idea what the hell it is.

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    does anyone know what it is doing? Thanks!
     
  2. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    The kernel_task is a representation of the kernel which is the heart of the operating system.
    Everything else relies upon it.

    From your screenshots everything appears to be fine, as both the memory pressure and CPU usage are low.
     
  3. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    It just seems pretty high on the list and no other mac has it listed at all...
     
  4. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    I can guarantee that every Mac running OS X will have it,
    and it will be high on the list, often at the top for both CPU and Memory.

    The reason why you don't see it in a lot of peoples screen shots is because they have Activity Monitor set to show their processes rather than all processes, so it is hidden.
     
  5. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright. Thanks! my MBP was god awful slow (about a minute of dock bouncing before any signs of the app opening... im trying to avoid that this time) before the reset i didnt know if kernel_task was to blame.
     
  6. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    Has it stopped now? Could have been Spotlight re-indexing.
     
  7. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    kernel_task

    I just nuked everything at that point. I had a bootcamp partition going too. I'm nervous to set it up again though.
     
  8. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    So is it just running Mavericks now?
     
  9. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    It was At the time Yosemite now.
     
  10. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    Nice! What do you think of it? The only thing aim disliking is Mission Control.
     
  11. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't use any of that gesture enabled stuff. Never saw the need.

    Is it a good idea to install windows while on beta firmware.
     
  12. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    I believe people were having issues with the beta of Yosemite and partitions so probably not the best idea.
     

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