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Fix for kernel panics on Mac Pro with multiple GeForce cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

In the summer of 2012, Apple started seeding early builds of the OS X 10.8.2 update. As a member of the AppleSeed program, I was able to test these early builds. I quickly noticed (as one would) that they introduced a serious new bug that caused frequent kernel panics on my Mac Pro, up to […]

Mac OS X 10.8.3 update: Fails to fix kernel panics

Friday, March 15th, 2013

To say that I am thoroughly disappointed with Apple would be a massive understatement. I am actually angry and disgusted. After months of testing and fine-tuning (?), the Mac OS X 10.8.3 update is out, and… it fails to fix the kernel panics that have been afflicting Mac Pro users with multiple GeForce video cards […]

Power outage fries DSL modem and brings back kernel panics

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Sometimes I really feel as if I am somehow cursed. The reality is that I am just too reliant on modern technology, of course, but so is almost everyone else. And the thought that most people have to go through situations like the one I went through yesterday morning is, strangely enough, not particularly comforting. […]

First kernel panic since installing OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Last week, I wrote that the OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update released by Apple contained a modified IOPCIFamily.kext file, which led me to speculate that the update might contain a fix for the kernel panics that have been dogging me and other users with Mac Pro computers featuring multiple NVIDIA GT 120 video cards with […]

First kernel panic since hacking 10.8.2

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I really thought my hack provided a temporary fix for the problem with kernel panics introduced by the 10.8.2 update. Well, I guess I was wrong. Last night, I had another kernel panic. Same symptoms, same contents in the kernel panic log. So replacing the IOGraphicsFamily.kext file with an older version does not entirely fix […]

Kernel panics with OS X 18.2: A known issue

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

After reporting my kernel panic problems with OS X 10.8.2 via Bug Reporter (since they were not fixed during the seeding phase), I’ve just received an e-mail saying that my bug report is a “duplicate”, which is Bug Reporter’s way of telling me that they are aware of the issue. So that’s good news. That […]

Solution (hack) for kernel panics in 10.8.2?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Last week, I wrote about the fact that I was experiencing almost daily kernel panics since I had started using early builds of the Mac OS X 10.8.2 update. These kernel panics are still there for me in the official Mac OS X 10.8.2 release, i.e. build 12C54. Some people enjoying playing a game of […]

Kernel panics with OS X 10.8.2 on 2009 Mac Pro with NVIDIA GeForce GT 120

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Remember the good old days when your Mac would experience a hard crash at least once a day, if not more? Well, it looks like I am back in this familiar territory with OS X 10.8.2 on my 2009 Mac Pro. It started with early builds of 10.8.2 that I obtained as part of my […]

Time Capsule: Bad disk image causing kernel panics

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

I bought a 1 TB Time Capsule a couple of months ago, when they first came out, primarily as a seamless backup solution for my wife. I have my own backup strategies for my work station, but my wife depended on being regularly reminded of the importance of backups, etc. I figured that a Time […]

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): Kernel panics related to specific USB devices

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

A problem with kernel panics that seems to be new in Mac OS X 10.5, or at least more prevalent.

Good old-fashioned kernel panic

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Eeek. I thought that, with the advent of Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2), the ugly, “Unix text spilling” kernel panics of the early days of Mac OS X were supposed to have been replaced with the slightly more palatable multilingual “Please restart your computer now” messages in an anti-aliased font over a grey background. Apparently […]

My first kernel panic in Jaguar

Saturday, June 21st, 2003

Amazingly enough, today I experienced my first-ever kernel panic since I started using Mac OS X 10.2 (can’t remember how many months ago). It was obviously caused by a FireWire-related problem. The panic happened a few seconds after I had plugged my external FireWire CD-RW burner and an external FireWire hard drive back in. (I […]

Freezing G5 Quad: The saga continues

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

After 11 days of perfect normalcy, the machine kernel panics on me.

G5 Quad is dead

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

After a month of freezes and kernel panics, the machine is now well and truly dead.

Video freezes on Mac Pro: It was software after all

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

I have an update on the situation with my Mac Pro that I blogged about in December… Back then, I indicated that the unpredictable video freezes that I had been experiencing for a while appeared to be gone after I had had one of my video cards replaced by Apple under warranty. If you follow […]