Personal HotSpot / Internet Tethering causing Kernel Panic

After recently enabling Internet Tethering and updating my iPhone 3GS to 4.3, I began to experience the frightening “Kernel Panic” error which is the Mac OS equivalent of a Windows BSOD. I know nothing about Kernel Panics so I look it up which brought me to a discussion thread on the Apple Website.

Apple has recently released an update to Snow Leopard which is the 10.6.7, reading the description however doesn’t any mention of this issue.

“includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that: Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac; Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers; [and] Address various minor Mac App Store bugs.”

Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1368

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4472

I’ve resorted to reinstalling Mac OSX and applying this update. I’m in no rush to use Personal Hotspot at this stage. Unless they address this issue and actually fix it.

0 thoughts on “Personal HotSpot / Internet Tethering causing Kernel Panic

  1. Max W

    Discovered the same problem, but with a completely fresh system (MBP 15″ 2011) including 10.6.7. Appears only with tethering over USB and not over WiFi. Should probably mention that the iPhone used is a 4 with iOS 4.3.2. Now I’m asking myself if sending those crash reports actually leads to anything, or if the engineers should be notified in some other way, ’cause right now I have to choose between charging my iPhone or maintaining a connection.

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    1. Ron Post author

      Hi Max W,
      the new MBP boots natively in 64bit mode, I found booting into 32bit to use Personal Hotspot stops the Kernel Panics.
      try it. it’s not exactly a fix but will do for now.
      there’s also a big thread on the apple forum regarding the Airport issues, run a continuos ping to your router and you will find that it spikes to really high response times for no apparent reason.

      apart from build quality of the MBP, there is nothing else about it that suggests paying $2500 is a good investment.

      Regards,

      Ron

      Reply
  2. Max W

    Discovered the same problem, but with a completely fresh system (MBP 15″ 2011) including 10.6.7. Appears only with tethering over USB and not over WiFi. Should probably mention that the iPhone used is a 4 with iOS 4.3.2. Now I’m asking myself if sending those crash reports actually leads to anything, or if the engineers should be notified in some other way, ’cause right now I have to choose between charging my iPhone or maintaining a connection.

    Reply
    1. Ron Post author

      Hi Max W,
      the new MBP boots natively in 64bit mode, I found booting into 32bit to use Personal Hotspot stops the Kernel Panics.
      try it. it’s not exactly a fix but will do for now.
      there’s also a big thread on the apple forum regarding the Airport issues, run a continuos ping to your router and you will find that it spikes to really high response times for no apparent reason.

      apart from build quality of the MBP, there is nothing else about it that suggests paying $2500 is a good investment.

      Regards,

      Ron

      Reply
  3. Glen

    I’m having the same problem on a 2011 MBP. If I connect before plugging in my USB via wifi I don’t have any problems – which is an ok workaround until they fix it. It holds the wifi connection even after you plug it into USB.

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  4. Glen

    I’m having the same problem on a 2011 MBP. If I connect before plugging in my USB via wifi I don’t have any problems – which is an ok workaround until they fix it. It holds the wifi connection even after you plug it into USB.

    Reply
  5. Filippo Picinni

    I have the same problem of Crash Kernel Panic on my MacBook Pro 2011 I7 13″
    Seems that using the first USB port solves the problem (the USB port closer to the screen. If I connect the I-Phone on the second USB port (the one closer to the card reader) the Macbook crashes.

    Reply
  6. Filippo Picinni

    I have the same problem of Crash Kernel Panic on my MacBook Pro 2011 I7 13″
    Seems that using the first USB port solves the problem (the USB port closer to the screen. If I connect the I-Phone on the second USB port (the one closer to the card reader) the Macbook crashes.

    Reply

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