My macbook won't turn off!

Discussion in 'OS X' started by avanrotciv, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    hello, I've been having this problem with my macbook, after several days of use (I always put the computer to sleep when not in use) I can't turn it off, there is allways a message that says that log out failed because some application (is always a different application) can't be shut down, this happens even though I've manually closed all aplications (at least the ones that appear on the doc) and most of the time. Some times I can shut it down when I disable the airport but some most of the times the only two ways I can turn off the thing is by manually closing the application "logging application" or by holding down the power botton.

    Does anyone knows a solution to this?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Reset Pram.


    Restart Computer-->hold Apple-Option-P-R down until your computer chimes 4 times.

    When it starts up, open disk Utility and repair your permissions.

    --Eric
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Eric,

    How does the disk permissions affect my ability to turn off the system?

    I did what you told me, but didn't understand why I did it.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    by the way I'm still having the problem :S
     
  5. macrumors newbie

    ReBeLaCe

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    I don't know why people say to pram the computer more than one time. I work at an apple specialist store and I asked our certified tech about this and he said after the first time it makes no difference. Does anyone have any documentation about this that says otherwise?
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    What type of computer and OS version number are you using? What applications are you running?

    Need more info so we can help you.

    --Eric
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook 2.4Ghz running Leopard 10.5.3, as far as applications the regular built in applications: textedit, mail, safari, ical, itunes and so on, plus firefox, messenger, skype, neo office, Eagle, betterzip, flip for mac, VLC transmission. ahh and Windows XP on boot camp.

    I haven't been able determine the possible applications the might be preventing the systems from shutting down.
     
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  9. TEG
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    TEG

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    I would try the PMU reset.

    Worst case... Hold the power button until the system shuts off or remove the battery.

    TEG
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Based on what I've read here, the SMC reset is not necesary as I can turn off the computer by holding the power button.

    What I'm trying to find out is how to turn it off the "regular" way.

    Thanks for the link anyway, interesting information.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any other tip?
     

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