What does it mean when a kernel panics?

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  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    What does it mean when a kernel panics? People talk about it all the time, what does it mean?

    Thanks!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It's the mac equivalent of the blue screen of death on PC's.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Ah, so is it when the screen goes see through grey and it says please restart your mac by holding down the power button... Thanks for the help:D
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    ah...the old days. I just read the wikipedia reference and it brought back when I worked with Multics - instead of kernel panic they had code to deal with issues safely. I doubt there are any Multics systems left unless they are in a museum, where my wife sometimes thinks I belong.
     

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