What's your Kernel Panic troubleshooting technique?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sbfaye11, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. sbfaye11 macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    I'm looking to expand on my approach, and hope you had some ideas to add/improve this list.

    Beyond what I have below, What do you do in the event of Kernel Panic to identify and resolve the issue?

    Thanks for the advice!


    1. install updates
    2. isolate hardware or software by starting in recovery and running disk repair utility
    3. Startup from external disk running OSX

    Software issue indicated if no panic, hardware if panic occurs.

    Hardware Troubleshoot:
    Disconnect/test connections/reseat any peripherals
    Reseat RAM or third party hardware

    Software troubleshoot:
    reinstall OSX
    Run software update
    reinstall updated third-party software

    If still happening, erase disk and start with a fresh install of OS X
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    descending into the Maelström
    I say "Dammit", and have a beer while it's rebooting.

    If it continues to panic, I don't get any more work done, but I do end up caring a lot less.
  3. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2011
    1. Note what I was doing when it happened and what time
    2. Look in the console for anything suspicious around that time
    3. Boot in verbose mode and try to replicate the issue, if I can replicate it, then see what kext or process is causing the panic
    4. If I can't replicate it, I continue to run it in verbose mode until it happens again.
    5. If I still can't replicate it, oh well, let's just hope it was a fluke... Check for any possible hardware issues and hope it doesn't happen again.

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