What is a kernel panic?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jazzandmetal?, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Jazzandmetal? macrumors regular

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    How do I know if I have/had one? In my activity monitor there is something called a kernel task. Is that a kernel panic?
     
  2. Luis macrumors 65816

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    No. Completely different. A kernel panic is the Mac equivalent to the Blue Screen of Death in Windows.
     
  3. Jazzandmetal? thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there any guide to read how or what all the stuff in activity monitor means/does?
     
  4. Luis macrumors 65816

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    I don't know if there is a guide that encompasses all of them, but usually googling the name of the process tells you a lot.
     
  5. Jazzandmetal? thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for posting that..but what are the kernel tasks and such in the activity monitor. Are they stopping potential problems? Or problems waiting to happen? Should kernel be associated with bad?
     
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  7. mFern macrumors newbie

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    in addition to the activity monitor, does anyone decipher console.logs? I've been having mad kernel panics, freezes, and random "self-inflicted power downs" out of the blue for about a month now.

    It always, always say the same thing upon reboot:

    Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 (Build 8S165)
    2008-03-24 23:09:02 -0400
    2008-03-24 23:09:03.500 HPEventHandler[94]: DebugAssert: Third Party Client: ((__null) != m_lock && 0 == (*__error())) Can't create semaphore lock [/Volumes/Development/Projects/HP/Core/mac-aio/core/HPEventHandler/Sources/HPTMNotificationManager.cpp:59]
    2008-03-24 23:09:04.908 SystemUIServer[84] lang is:en
    Mar 24 23:09:11 matt-ferns-power-mac-g4 VersionCueCS2Daemon[151]: warning: VersionCueCS2Daemon not started by mach_init process (parent pid: 1)
    Mar 24 23:09:12 matt-ferns-power-mac-g4 configd[40]: DHCP en1: RELEASE transmit failed
    2008-03-24 23:09:26.135 pbs[78] CFLog (0):
    CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could be:
    /System/Library/Frameworks/Foundation.framework/Resources/Languages/en
    The parser will retry as in 10.2, but the problem should be corrected in the plist.


    Can't create a semaphore lock?
    Why always the mention of VersionCueCS2daemon?
    Why the last couple lines...always the same thing?

    Man, any insight would be appreciated.

    Dual 1Ghz PowerPC G4
    2Mb L3 Cahse per processor
    512 MB SDRAM
     

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