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fivedolla 09-17-2009 08:46 PM

"kernel_task" rendering my computer useless.
I have a few month old MacBook Pro, 13" 2.26 GHz, 4GB RAM (which I installed myself.), running Snow Leopard. My problem has been occurring before I installed Leopard.

While doing NORMAL day to day task like browsing the web with Firefox (problem happens with safari, too), trying to rip DVDs using handbrake or even open my dashboard, my CPU spikes up to OVER 100% usage. "kernel_task" is KILLING ME. What should take 2 hours to rip a DVD is now taking over a day. Almost any type of load I try and put on the processor, it's inhibited by kernel_task's 80% CPU usage, it's uses more than the actual application i'm trying to run. Not only do I not have and CPU power to do ANYTHING with my computer, my temps are almost always running over 100F all around, as far out as my enclosure base. "kernel_task" does NO take an obsessive amount of memory.

I can't pinpoint where the problem is. Where it came from, or what has caused it. I've done plenty of research just using google, and havn't found any help. Everything ive found is directed towards a similar issue with the MBA or ancient.

Any help would be seriously appreciated, as my computer is basically useless without it. :( There's not much I can do on it without becoming super frustrated with it and wanting to smash it. Please let me know if there's any further information that would help trouble shoot my problem.

Thanks, Nick

pigoo3 09-17-2009 08:48 PM

How long ago did you install the ram?

Have you tried taking out the new ram...and putting the old ram back in (if you still have it)?

fivedolla 09-17-2009 08:52 PM

No, I have not. The problem did not start when I installed RAM, it was sometime after that...

pigoo3 09-17-2009 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by fivedolla (Post 909309)
No, I have not. The problem did not start when I installed RAM, it was sometime after that...

Bad ram is usually a frequent cause of kernel panics...since you mentioned changing ram recently...seemed like a good place to start.

- Nick 2;)

fivedolla 09-17-2009 09:01 PM

you're a nick too!? i work with FIVE nicks, awful isn't it.

well darn, i guess i'll start there.....

pigoo3 09-17-2009 09:09 PM


Originally Posted by fivedolla (Post 909315)
you're a nick too!? i work with FIVE nicks, awful isn't it.

well darn, i guess i'll start there.....

The name "Nick" has gotten way too popular recently. I went thru 12 years of public school (many many different schools)...and 7 years of college...and never ran into another Nick.

Now "Nick's" are everywhere!!!;)

I'm changing my name to:

- Slick:)

p.s. Yes...try swapping back in your old ram...then do the same activities that were giving you troubles...and see if you can duplicate the problem.

fivedolla 09-17-2009 09:24 PM

Ayye, that i'll do this evening. I actually also put in a 500gb harddrive. She was giving me some noise problems, and then eventually went away. Is it possible SOMEHOW, that the noise problems vanished, but turned and mutated into a CPU POWER sucking issue? HAHAH!

I went through public school, and then it was over. The summer after highschool, my job already had 2 nicks at it, and we hired 3 more (including me)

fivedolla 10-01-2009 03:25 AM

Replaced stock ram back in computer. Did not make a difference. Was farting around today with some of the system prefs and noticed that some printer drivers were being started on start up, remembered problems from drivers can cause "kernel_panics." took them off the start up, restarted, went to youtube to try some videos and kernel_task was acting fine. Fired up Reason and farted around, kernel_task was fine. Replaced NEW ram, youtube test went great, Reason goes great, Photoshop go great.


of all things.....

have a great day. I hope i can help someone with this information.

fivedolla 10-22-2009 01:38 PM

Turns out that WASN'T the fix. I dont know what it is.

I have now reinstalled OS X from a clean disk. I whipped all the information on the disk, formatted and reinstalled so now i'm 100% positive it's not a SOFTWARE issue. Its nothing I have installed, it's nothing i have downloaded, it's nothing i have put on this computer thats making kernel task act up. Its just how it is on this computer. Needless to say, i'm ****ing ****** about this and will be taking it to apple on Friday at 11 to get this figured out (id even be content with a new computer).

harryb2448 10-22-2009 04:54 PM

I'm changing my name to:

- Slick

Does this mean 'Old Nick' now becomes 'Old Slick'?

Taking it back to Apple should have been move #1 whilst it is still a new machine.

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