2009 mbp oxs utilities window

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  1. Foggydog macrumors 6502

    Foggydog

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    #1
    Hello all.

    I tried doing a search but couldn't find the proper thread to post this in.
    I have a 2009 MBP, 2.66 GHZ, Intel Core 2 Duo. 320 Gig hard drive.
    I have it upgraded to 8 gigs of ram, and am running 10.9.5 Mavericks.

    A few days ago, I booted my computer, and got an OSX Utilities window and could't get any further. I thought my HD crashed, but checked it out, and the Utilities said it was OK. Then I downloaded Mavericks again and reinstalled and my Computer started just fine.

    So my question is, What could have possible caused this to happen, and is this an early sign that I could have more problems ahead?

    I drive a semi, so getting to an apple store on short notice just isn't going to happen.

    Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Pete
     
  2. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like you ended up in Recovery Mode. Normally, you'd get there by holding down Option+R at boot or by holding Option and then selecting the recovery partition.

    Barring a stuck keyboard, I'd say that something happened prevented your Mavericks partition from being booted and that the reinstall cleared it up.

    By any chance had you done a PRAM reset just before the incident?
     
  3. Foggydog thread starter macrumors 6502

    Foggydog

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    Thank you jruschme for replying. I thought this was completely lost.
    I honestly have no idea if i pressed the wrong button. I just know that upon startup, I got the OSX utilities window. And just what is a PRAM reset? I never heard of that.
    Thanks for your replies, Pete
     

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