Mac not starting up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by russlachanse, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. russlachanse macrumors newbie

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    I just restarted my mac and it seemed to be going fine until a screen came up only giving me the option to restart or shut down. I tried restarting several times with the same message being displayed.
    Thanks for your help
    Russ
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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  3. russlachanse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it's different than that...

    Yellow,
    Thanks for your reply
    It's not that screen. (OS X.2)
    When I start the computer it comes up like normal with the progress bar then the screen turns blue as normal but instead of the documents and folders appearing on the desktop a dialog box with my computer's name shows up and only gives me the option of restart or shut down. I think the first time it happened it told me that I couldn't be logged in but I never got that message again.
    Thanks
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hmmm.. almost like a login screen with no user to log into? Something like this, without the users?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. russlachanse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes very close to that

    yes very close to that
    with only the restart and shut down option
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hmm that's really strange, I've never encountered that. Do you normally have autologin? There's no chance to choose a user/enter a username and enter a password?

    I'd start by booting from the installer CD/DVD and running Disk Utility and running first aid on the disk.
     
  7. russlachanse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do normally have autologin and There's no chance to choose a user/enter a username and enter a password. I've never seen it either. I'll try to use the start up disk
    Thanks

    Russ
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I hope that you will be successful. Are you running Repair Permissions occasional and especially after major installations?
     
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  10. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Repair Permissions - Everything that you use on OS X, has permissions. You have to have certain permissions to run certain things. Root is the permission-less master of all these permissions being it is a Super User and has read/write permission to any/everything basically.
     

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