I have installed Intel Power Gadget. When I've tried to start the app it fully freezes system. I then need to reboot.

I have the problem with a MacBook Air (i7, 2012) with a clean install of macOS 10.11.6. On an iMac (i5, 2014) also U CPU model, and same macOS 10.11.6, starting the app works and it shows what I need.

Why does Intel Power Gadget not work on the MacBook Air.

  • Why install power gadget ? When you install , where is it installed - does it write over system files?
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 25, 2017 at 21:10
  • i use power gadget to saw my cpu graph, when installing just click to *.pkg file and use system disk where to install
    – jcmaxuser
    Dec 25, 2017 at 21:14
  • What is wrong with the app provided by Apple in the utilities folder called Activity Monitor? That does not crash the system - I use it often, also you can control processes etc...
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 25, 2017 at 21:16
  • 2
    @Solar There are certain things Intel Power Gadget shows which Activity Monitor doesn't, so there are legitimate reasons to install it.
    – grg
    Dec 25, 2017 at 21:18
  • If it crashes the system then it is not showing anything...
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 25, 2017 at 21:19

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I would uninstall Power Gadget fully then reinstall from a fresh download of 3.5.2.

I have it running successfully on an 2012 13" MBP i7 w/ 10.11 w/ no problems, as well as a 2015 15" MBP i7 w/ 10.13

Is everything else ok, e.g. Apple Diagnostics/Apple Hardware Test, SMC, etc.?

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