Kernel Panics Being Caused by Skype?

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  1. Bulakbol

    Bulakbol Active Member

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    I've experienced this several times especially when I am doing a video call. My Mac would freeze for a while and then, boom. Kernel panic. Anybody else getting the same with Skype? I'm using Skype 2.7.0.330 by the way.
     
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    Please define Kernel Panic.
     
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    This is how a kernel panic would look like. I think this is called BSOD or blue screen of death in Windows?
     
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    Hmmm, that's unusual. An app shouldn't be able to cause a kernel panic. I use Skype video a lot and I've never experienced one. I'm hoping it's not a hardware issue with the iSight or something. Have you tried running the maintenance scripts using either OnyX or Cocktail?
     
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    Yes, I have Cocktail and it runs once a week. I don't experience kernel panics a lot. It only happens when I use Skype. It may not be iSight which is causing it because it also happens during a regular call.
     
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    Like Mod PG, I've got no issues on mine too. Now I'm curious to find out about what's causing your KPs.
     
  7. Bulakbol

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    Could my headset be the culprit? I am using a Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset.

    Edit: I tried to look around in the web for people reporting similar problems. Based on the discussions in the Apple Support Site, there is a possibility that my Macbook is suffering from a USB audio driver problem. My friends would also complain that my voice would get garbled at times and they would also hear static after a few minutes of talking. I am quoting one of the entries in the discussion:

    "FWIW, I tried to record my daughter reading a book with GB'08. At first I was using a Creative SoundBlaster SBO270, connected via USB with an analog mic. The recorded audio would randomly get garbled and echo-ey and we'd have to start over. I also got a couple of kernel panics that forced me to restart the MacBook. I figured it must not like that device much, so I switched to using a Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset instead. I didn't get any kernel panics, but the same garbling problem would occur rendering the recording useless.

    I had been using the same MacBook and same headset with Skype and people were telling me that I'd go all garbled part-way through our conversation. I always assumed it was a problem with the connection, but when I would switch to using our PowerMac FW800 I would not get this problem.

    So, based on the other postings in this thread, it seems to me that I am also suffering a USB audio driver problem with my intel-based MacBook that is not present on my PowerPC-based PowerMac: both are running 10.5.2."


    Here is another one:

    Looks like there really is a problem with the USB audio driver of Intel-based Macs.
     
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    If it's smooth-sailing if you take that out of the picture then that's definitely what's causing your KPs.
     
  9. Tandem

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    Never experienced any kernel panic on my MacBook whatsoever considering that I use Skype everyday. Every time I make a call, I use the built in iSight and mic with the audio being pumped through headphones for a Creative MP3 player (due to the weak sound of the MacBook speakers). Am also using the same Skype Version you have. There were times I used a Logitech Stereo Headset for the mic and sound and still no Kernel Panic. Hope you get to solve what's causing the kenel panic.
     
  10. Bulakbol

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    Hi Tandem, quick question. Have you used any USB headset with your Mac? I am kinda trying to confirm if it's really the USB audio driver which is causing the KPs.
     
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    Nope, never tried a USB Headset with my Mac. Hopefully I can try and borrow one (since the Logitech USB Headsets don't come cheap, the only headset I have is the Logitech Stereo Headset) and see if I get the same problem.
     

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