What is a Kernel panic?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zepharus, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. zepharus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    Im new to macs and have seen a few references. Thanks in advance?

    the dork
  2. triddent222 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2007
    Somewhere interesting
    akin to the Blue Screen of Death. AKA: severe and unexpected error that causes your computer to freeze. Often caused by hardware errors and or drivers conflicts etc. If youre an experience Windows Users you should know what a BSOD is, right?.


    also, try using google, its a great tool, you know?
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    a Kernal Panic is similar to a BSOD.

    many, many different things can cause one, but it seems to be more likely a hardware issue. i have a known problem with my mouse and Kernal Panics due to Logitech's cappy Control Center software.
  4. mactanuki macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2007
    It's really a software problem. Control Center installs the third party Application Enhancer framework. Dump Control Center, Google for instructions on removing Application Enhancer and watch your stability/speed issues vanish. Steermouse is a very decent replacement, although it's not free.
  5. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Agreed. All KPs I have seen are caused by driver issues. Apple has had enough time to hammer their drivers into a very mature state, so the odds of getting a KP from a clean OS install are rare. My last two KPs were from a driver I was attempting to write... oops.

    Belkin makes stable drivers, but rarely updates. Logitech has never been very high on my list of companies with good Mac drivers/software. Scanners, printers, and hard drives that require drivers make me very afraid (figuratively speaking).
  6. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier

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