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MacBook pro boot Kernel panic no kext summary

Yesterday my Mac crashed and after trying to turn it on again I recieved a message like this: panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff800667b0b2): "VM page 0xffffff800ad5fad0 should not have an ...
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I'm suffering from the excessive CPU use from kernel_task

My mac recently has gone wild with kernel_task. It slows down the computer, the fans blow wildly for around ten minutes after startup (shut down, restart or sleep). I did an EtreCheck scan and got ...
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Can OS X dump cores in the working directory instead of /cores?

I don't know when it started, but at some point, OS X started dumping cores into a special folder (/cores). This is a pain since they get jumbled together and it's hard to keep track of which core ...
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Mountain Lion Screen Freeze

My Mountain Lion is keeps freezing from few weeks, today it freezes/crashed couple of times already. Here is the log before the big freeze (file /var/log/system.log): SIMBL Enabler for Sandboxed ...
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MacBook Air slow after waking from sleep

The backlight on my MacBook Air broke about a week ago and it fixed by Apple by them replacing the logic board. Since I've got it back I've had a couple of issues. Firstly, the machine wouldn't work ...
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Force a read-only mount of startup disk

I want to create a MacOS recovery startup disk on a USB flash drive. In order to maintain the integrity of the drive's contents (and, perhaps more importantly, reduce write wear on the flash drive ...
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Serious system issue - kernel extensions installed improperly

I have just gotten an error message for every single kext file there is. the error message goes something along the lines of: The system extension "*file path*" was installed improperly and cannot be ...
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Kernel and Installer HUGE RAM usage

I just realised why my computer getting so slower. I have 8 GB of RAM and usage of kernel is 4,5 GB and the process called Installer taking 1,5 GB, and all that with only finder running! Do I need ...
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How to forcibly unload kernel extension

I am using Paragon NTFS to mount an external USB hard disk formatted in NTFS. Occasionally the NTFS kernel extension will hang, especially after writing a lot of data. Running $ umount ...
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rEFIt defaulting to 32bit kernel

rEFIt is defaulting to the 32bit kernel of OS X which will not boot and will show this error message: at boot I have to press F2 then manually select the 64bit kernel. How do I change the default ...
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What exactly does kernel_task do?

I'd just like to know what it is that kernel_task is responsible for. Also, what's an acceptable maximum RAM and CPU use for it?
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Do Mac versions (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, etc.) have a built-in “framebuffer” in their kernels?

Assuming you try to install Snow Leopard on an x86 board that has no GPU or integrated graphics, but only a, say, CRTC or such, does it have support to plot data on the screen without depending on any ...
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OSX programs crashing, 'Kernel: file: table is full'

Over the last few months, I've seen increasingly erratic behaviour on OSX (10.8.5). Chrome won't load elements on a page, my dev tools crash etc. Recently I had a look in Console and found that ...
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Is there a way to generate a kernel core dump file after a kernel panic occurred on OSX?

I need to debug a kernel panic and the current information in the kernel panic log file is insufficient. The only information available on that matter is in the following link: ...
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Upgrade to OSX 10.9 from 10.8 causes random restarts

I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro (late 2011, core i5 2.4ghz, 8 gigs of ram) to OSX 10.9 from 10.8 (which in turn I upgraded from Lion). The installation seemed to go well and everything was great ...
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How to access /dev/mem in OSX?

How I can access /dev/mem (or /dev/kmem, /dev/pmap) equivalent device in OSX? As far as I know it was removed in some point. Can I create this node manually somehow or any other way of dumping the ...
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Why doesnt /proc exist in MacOS?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in MacOS. I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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Error in logs: kernel[0]: Validation failed, dataSuffix

I've the following errors in my system logs when running Pages (or any iWork app): Aug 4 19:01:09 kernel[0]: Validation failed, dataSuffix: Aug 4 19:01:09 kernel[0]: b9 d5 6f e2 28 3e b9 48 82 12 ...
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kernel_task is using 90% CPU, what could be the cause?

I have a 13" MBP late 2009, 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and on OS X 10.8.3. As soon as I boot up the fans start going at the highest rpm and like I mentioned the kernel_task is always at around 90% when no ...
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How to disable the SpeedStep when using MacBook Pro without a battery?

First of all, the specs: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB RAM The Problem Recently, my battery randomly died and I had to disconnect it, ...
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IOStorageFamily / IOSCSIArchitectureModelFamily kext errors on Mavericks

Occasionally when I start up my Mid-2012 Macbook Pro, I see the following error messages a few moments after logging in: This happens about every second or third login. After seeing these error ...
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Insanely high kernel RAM usage (over 9GB) in Mavericks

I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday, and everything seemed to go fine, but today I noticed that my computer was becoming a bit slow. I checked Activity Monitor, and CPU / disk were at normal levels so I ...
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I see thousands of these in my Console log

8/5/11 5:21:37 PM kernel FireWire GUID ffffffffffffffff is invalid! I have a Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo running Snow Leopard. Any suggestions?
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Repeated Kernel Panics & Freezing on Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1. Help please with the Log

I've had massive problems with my Mac Mini recently. It has been freezing and rebooting after around 10 to 50 minutes use. It's a Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1 with 8gb of memory. The problems got worse ...
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TrueCrypt fails with fusefs kext error

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I can't mount any volumes with TrueCrypt 7.1a anymore. After typing in the password for the volume, an error message is shown, stating that the fusefs kext can't be ...
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Errors on kernel.log… how do I fix them?

My mac is apparently working fine, no crashes of any kind, but my kernel.log is full of errors and that is worrying me, as I never saw it with messages like that. This is a sample of today, since I ...
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Is integrated VRAM included under `kernel_task` RAM in Activity Monitor?

I was stunned to discover that Mac OS X kernel can consume 750MB of RAM. A few related questions: Is it a problem if kernel_task is routinely above 130MB on mid 2007 white MacBook? kernel_task using ...
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rEFInd Linux Kernel Boot Options

When booting opensuse via rEFInd, the kernel options are wrong (the root device name is incorrect). Where do the kernel arguments that rEFInd is using come from, and how do I modify them? The line ...
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Is Kext Utility a safe utility to use?

I've download Kext Utility from this site and I wonder if it is a safe utility to use and if there are any case of damage after using it. I have to install PS/2 driver in my Mountain Lion for using a ...
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How to take advantage of Intel's SpeedStep technology

I've never formerly know about Intel's SpeedStep capabilities in my Mac(Book Pro 5,1) until the last few days. And let me say that the possibility to make the battery last longer is good enough to ...
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Latest OS X update causes Finder crash (SIGSEGV)

Does any one know how to fix an error like this? Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV) Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000102e50cf2 My Finder keeps crashing after updating my Mac ...
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OS X's “free” or “/proc/meminfo” equivalent

OS X lacks the "Linux-friendly" free or /proc/meminfo. What would be the most reliable and backwards-compatible way of extracting this info: Current free memory, in bytes Going back as far as ...
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Does iOS have the capability to execute multiple apps in memory, and enable you to switch between them, restoring the previous state?

This is for buying purposes; i.e. does the kernel schedule the processes and threads belonging to every process, and do the apps save states that can be resumed at the user's discretion? Please fill ...
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Why after installing MacPorts the kernel_task RAM size raised x1.5?

I noticed that before installing MacPorts the kernel_task RAM usage was about 200-300 Mb. After installing that the process is using 482.5 Mb real RAM. What are the components (maybe .kexts, which ...
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Error message, “hpPlugInInit.kext was installed improperly”

I recently bought a MacBook Air and transferred my system information and user data via Migration Assistant. I used to get error messages on my old computer like this: The system extension ...
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Custom XNU Kernel

I have already submitted this question on StackOverflow but I figured that this may be a more appropriate location. I'm building a custom kernel for Mac OS (Mountain Lion, Darwin 2050.22.13). I can ...
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Freezing, disk i/o problems iMac

I have a desktop iMac with Snow Leopard installed on it. Every few minutes, I get freezing and "kernel disk0s2: I/O Error" in my console. I did some research, and found that my hard drive (a WD I ...
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How do I read this Activity Monitor report?

I was trying to figure out why my Mountain Lion server was running slow, and I when I opened Activity Monitor this is what I saw: Question 1: how am I getting >400% of CPU on the summed CPU column, ...
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Kernel Tasks Swamping processor-2012 13" Retina

Acquired a 13" Retina liquid damaged - Apple Certified Tech. Trying to salvage. Haven't disassembled yet to see the extent of the liquid but it boots and runs. No liquid spill indicators triggered. ...
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How to unload kernel modules

When I run kextstat, it gives me a list of the currently loaded kernel modules. How to I go about using the information gathered from this command to unload a kernel module?
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Why is `/etc/sysctl.conf` not determining my `kern.maxfiles` setting?

I've been having a persistent "too many open files in system" error on my machine (OSX 10.7.5). When I run sysctl kern.maxfiles and sysctl kern.maxfilesperproc, both output 2048. This article says ...
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MacBook unusable due to kernel_task

I've disabled hibernation, and removed the sleep image file. I shutdown my Macbook Pro (15" retina), unticked the box to open windows on restart, and started my MacBook again. As soon as I'd logged on ...
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Can one influence Mac OS X's / Darwin's filesystem caching behaviour?

I have the following problem: When I run processes that consume a lot of memory, Mac OS X seems to refuse to release a large portion of the filesystem cache: In fact, instead of letting go of the ~ ...
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How can I stop fseventsd for certain volumes?

I also have a partion with Ubuntu installed. Unfortunately, every time I have an error while working on the Ubuntu partion (I believe it's ext3), I get a Kernel Panic and I have to restart. I believe ...
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What the heck is “npvhash=4095”?

I've been using Mac for 15 years, and I've had relatively few problems. Many years ago, I was using a MBP 17" which sometimes was completely freezing: the only way to wake it was to hard-reset it ...
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What can cause multiple processes on Mac with the same PID in some cases?

why there are many similar processes running at the same time. For instance : 2 SystemUIServer, same Pid, same user both Ipv4 type or 14 mdsnresponder, pid 29 half iPv4 and ipv6 types.
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What is writing to Disk causing eventual Beach-ball-of-death

What is running my machine down? This is iotop output...I still can't tell what is driving my system to a halt. Command+i on the SSD shows my "used space" slowly changing. It does this for about an ...
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How do I increase “ulimit -u” (max user processes)?

I can change all of the usual ulimits via (for instance) ulimit -n 8192 and launchctl limit maxfiles 8192 8192. Somehow, this doesn't seem to work for -u, the maximum number of user processes: ~$ ...
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How to properly increase ulimit -n on Lion?

I'm trying to download the X-Plane 10 Demo through uTorrent, however I get a "too many open files" error all the time. I can do the alternate download (which takes forever and a day), but I wonder how ...
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Too Many Open Files

Which command / configuration file controls the open file limits on OS X? Is there a different command for OS X 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7? The options I explore below are ulimit, sysctl, and launchctl ...