Runaway Kernel_task

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tomgorman, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. tomgorman macrumors newbie

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    I've got a month-old MBP and starting yesterday the kernel_task has jumped to 105% of CPU usage and is completely bogging down my system (and killing my battery).

    Here's what I've already tried to isolate the problem:

    Restart
    Correct permissions/fix file system (with Disk Utility and fsck)
    Cleared space on the HD (in case the problem was with swapping)
    Tested to see if the problem reproduced in a brand new user acct (it did)
    Cleared system and user caches
    Started in safeboot mode
    Ran TechTool to look for hardware problems
    Re-installed OS.

    Here's what Console.log says soon after restart.

    Mac OS X Version 10.4.10 (Build 8R4061a)
    2007-10-25 09:23:24 -0500
    2007-10-25 09:23:25.152 loginwindow[467] FSResolveAliasWithMountFlags returned err = -43
    2007-10-25 09:23:25.274 HPEventHandler[496]: DebugAssert: Third Party Client: (NULL != m_lock && 0 == errno) Can't create semaphore lock[/Volumes/Development/HP/Mac-Sirani/mac-software/components/HPEventHandler/Sources/Core/HPTMNotificationManager.cpp:62]
    2007-10-25 09:23:26.712 SystemUIServer[486]
    MenuCracker
    see http://sourceforge.net/projects/menucracker
    MenuCracker is now loaded. Ready to accept new menus. Ignore the failure message that follow.
    2007-10-25 09:23:26.715 SystemUIServer[486] failed to load Menu Extra: NSBundle </Library/PreferencePanes/MenuMeters.prefPane/Contents/Resources/MenuCracker.menu> (loaded)
    2007-10-25 09:23:27.311 SystemUIServer[486] CFLog (21): dyld returns 2 when trying to load /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/DVCPROHDAudio.plugin/Contents/MacOS/DVCPROHDAudio
    2007-10-25 09:23:27.316 SystemUIServer[486] CFLog (22): Cannot find function pointer NewPlugIn for factory C5A4CE5B-0BB8-11DOct 25 09:23:27 Lair-of-Tomcat-IV /usr/sbin/AppleFileServer: AFPServer::AbnormalATListenerShutDown - clear listener
    8-9D75-0003939615B6 in CFBundle/CFPlugIn 0x3bcc70 </Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/DVCPROHDAudio.plugin> (bundle, not loaded)
    2007-10-25 09:23:28.771 SystemUIServer[486] Normally MenuMeterMemExtra would not have been loaded as a Menu Extra.
    2007-10-25 09:23:28.789 SystemUIServer[486] MenuMeterMem loaded.
    2007-10-25 09:23:28.789 SystemUIServer[486] Normally MenuMeterCPUExtra would not have been loaded as a Menu Extra.
    2007-10-25 09:23:28.968 SystemUIServer[486] MenuMeterCPU loaded.
    Oct 25 09:23:29 Lair-of-Tomcat-IV mDNSResponder: getifaddrs ifa_netmask for vmnet1(5) Flags 8863 Family 2 192.168.120.1 has different family: 0
    Oct 25 09:23:40 Lair-of-Tomcat-IV mDNSResponder: getifaddrs ifa_netmask for vmnet1(5) Flags 8863 Family 2 192.168.120.1 has different family: 0
    Oct 25 09:23:43 Lair-of-Tomcat-IV mDNSResponder: getifaddrs ifa_netmask for vmnet1(5) Flags 8863 Family 2 192.168.120.1 has different family: 0
    Oct 25 09:23:43 Lair-of-Tomcat-IV mDNSResponder: Repeated transitions for interface en1 (10.0.1.200); delaying packets by 5 seconds


    Anyone have any thoughts?

    My next step would be to wipe the drive and do a clean install, but my external HD is a mess right now and I have no place to put my data.

    Thanks!
     
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

    FJ218700

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    did you recently get any new peripherals that you just hooked up?
     
  3. tomgorman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Runaway Kernel_Task

    Nope. I've got a Firewire external HD that's been giving me trouble lately but that's been a problem for weeks and this kernel problem only started yesterday.

    --tom
     

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