What exactly is a kernel panic?: Basically, this is one of the lowest level crashes that Mac OS X can experience. It's a dead-end hang for the kernel -- the crucial center of Mac OS X that handles various aspects of hardware/software interaction and system calls. When a kernel crash occurs, the system generally cannot recover without a restart of the kernel -- requiring a full restart in Mac OS X.
The hardware/software communication duty is part of the reason so many periphery devices and RAM issues are implicated in kernel panics; since the kernel handles how … Read more