For some users 2021 MacBook Pro models crash after playing HDR videos on YouTube

Some owners of 14-inch and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro are experiencing restart issues on their laptops after watching HDR videos on YouTube. Users highlighted the kernel crash issues on the MacRumors forum.

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14-inch and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro models experience kernel crash issue

Users @Cababah first reported the issue on MacRumors Forum and also explained how to replicate it. To replicate the error, watch a HDR YouTube video in Safari browser > scroll through the comments. The results in a kernel error on macOS Monterey 12.0.1. It was also found that watching HDR YouTube videos in full screen and then exiting full-screen mode, also causes the error.

From @cababah:

I keep getting a kernel crash when watching HDR videos in Youtube and scrolling through the comments.

Is anyone else having this problem? I wonder if it is hardware related in which case I may need to return it but I have been able to reproduce it a few times in a row and the entire machine will reboot each time. No bueno…

From @spiritedaway:

Been happening to me as well, YouTube 4K HDR video on Safari. After closing full screen playback the Mac completely shuts down and reboots. M1 Pro 16″. I can pretty much get it to do it every single time

From @Sam.b1:

I’m getting the same error under the same conditions, 4k HDR YouTube playback on Safari/Chrome. At first I thought it could have been some Chrome bug but then it crashed in Safari too. I’m running Monterey 12.0.1, 16 inch M1 Max with 32GB RAM. I haven’t tried the workarounds yet. I’m thinking I should just exchange it, not sure.

From @EnderTW:

Just to add – this happens when scrolling up and down rapidly through the comments but only seems to happen on HDR videos.

My 16 inch MBA Max 64gb crashed.

I think it’s due to the AV1 codec, wish apple would just get on board and include the decoding instructions.

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