10.5.8 wont boot past blue screen

Discussion in 'macOS' started by xbrotherx, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. xbrotherx macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2011
    Like the title says, I can't boot past the blue screen. The first issue was the laptop would freeze during normal operations ... cursor wouldn't move, etc. I would hard reboot and sometimes it would complete the reboot and sometimes it would hang at the blue screen (no cursor, no beachball, nothing). I can boot into Safe Mode every time but can't reboot normally. I have looked at verbose mode (Cmd+V) and didn't see any errors. I rebooted in single-user mode (Cmd+S) and didn't see anything wrong. My permissions are good when I run Disk Utility. My disk verifies when I run Disk Utility. I ran a hardware test from the install disc (restart + D) and hardware checked out just fine. I re-updated using the 10.5.8 combo update from the apple site.

    Does this sound like a harddrive failing? Normally, I would say yes, but the fact I can boot into Safe Mode and operate things just fine befuddles me.

    Any ideas out there?
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I wonder if an archive and install would help your situation. You re-ran the combo update but perhaps there is some other corruption that a re-install would solve.
  3. Mizino macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2016
    I'm having the same problem. I'm wondering if its possible that a hard ware controller has died and as such the kexts that load between the grey screen and the log in screen which would normally deal with that item don't load correctly...I have it connected to my iMac via both ethernet and firewire, firewire comes up as connected but ethernet does not. I'm thinking it might be an issue with the ethernet controller kext not loading correctly due to failed hardware.

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