I just killed my Mac.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Brother Michael, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

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    Alright here is the situation:

    Shrike (my mac) has been running now for about 16 days straight (it has been put to sleep plenty of times though). I opened up my laptop and the OS just locked up. Nothing would work, not even the CMD + OPTION + ESC

    So I did the only thing I know to do in a situation like this. I did a hard reboot (Held down the power button until the machine shut down). Let it sit for awhile and turned it back on.

    It loaded up to the Apple Logo and is just sitting there with the status circle spinning.

    What happened?

    EDIT: OK, as soon as I hit submit, the OS X loading screen came up. But seriously what gives? Was it just doing a Scandisk or the like?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Does everything look OK now?

    I'd repair permissions, etc. all of the routine stuff just as a precaution

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

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    sometimes, after a hard reboot, my powerbook takes extra time to load up. Im not entirely sure why though. Glad to hear everything seems to be ok.
     
  4. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    that's why i always boot in verbose mode. when you shut down the machine after it locked up, it may have had to fsck the disk on reboot (depending on your os version).
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    That's just always sounded so dirty and vulgar to me :eek:

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Maybe if you look at the spinny thingy long enough, you'll get to dizzy to realize it's broken:p
     
  7. iGary Guest

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    My iBook sat on the Apple logo and "spinny thing" for like ten minutes when I went to 10.4.3 for what it's worth.
     
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Pretty sure the OS automatically does some sort of check after a forced reboot, as it always takes longer for me. Since the filesystem should be journaled, it could be using that to reconstruct a clean state before continuing.
     
  9. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    next time, boot in verbose mode to see what it's really doing. also, if your filesystem is journaled, it shouldn't take that long to make the filesystem clean.
     
  10. belvdr macrumors 601

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    It can if it is replaying a ton of transactions. However, I think 10.4.3 is the main culprit of the slow booting. I should have just stuck with 10.3.
     
  11. Brother Michael thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do I do that on the fly? I know there is a way to override the GUI loadup completely, but I am not interested in that.
     
  12. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    just press 'command-v' when the chime begins after a reboot. if you want to make it permanent you can type 'sudo nvram="0 bootr -v"' on the command-line.
     
  13. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    My PM did that...well, after 6-7 minutes I did a hard restart. It's fine now. I thought it had froze, but maybe it didn't.
     
  14. Brother Michael thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

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    So just an update here:

    Shrike continues to die on me when I return it from sleep. Worse still, yesterday I turned on my computer to find that it couldn't find the startup folder. :eek:

    After it did boot, I backed everything up and reinstalled OS X.

    It still crashes when I wake it from sleep.

    Is my hard drive dying?
     
  15. dodonutter macrumors regular

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    Check it with Disk Utility ( and make sure when your HD is selected it says 'S.M.A.R.T. Status : Verified' at the bottom of the Disk Utility screen) Doesn't sound good though
     
  16. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like it might be. Have you noticed any clicking sounds from the HD area when the machine locks up? I'd say do the check, and keep that backup current for as long as possible. Sounds like the first stages of HD death.
     
  17. Brother Michael thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Verifying volume “Shrike HD”
    Checking HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.
    The volume Shrike HD appears to be OK.
    Mounting Disk

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume passed verification

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    :confused:
     

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