blank blue screen after logging in

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lbjandai, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. lbjandai macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
    so my friend has a macbook... he says it was working fine, he had added a few widgets, like the mlb scoreboard and weather channel something or other. he is "99 percent sure" he shut the computer down during an update-- but on the desktop he says...

    and now every time he turns it on, and logs in with the right password it goes to the blue screen for a second, and then back to the log in window (believe me, he isnt putting the wrong password in, it shakes when it does that).

    i tried disk utility mode to repair permissions
    tried starting in safe mode
    even use the fscw -y -f thing, or whatever it is to use single user mode (aka old skill disk utility)

    so im wondering what my next step should be. Can i just restore factory settings or something? I dont want to have to completely reinstall...

  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    What sort of update?
  3. lbjandai thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
    I am not sure what kind of update it was, he doesn't remember.
  4. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    Could try an Anchive and install (last resort)... or start up in safe mode by holding hmmm is it shift or 's' I don't remember now. and see if you can sort it like that...

    Or you could try resetting the PRAM or what ever it is.
  5. lbjandai thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007

    already tried booting into safe mode. I am trying to avoid a reinstall... but it may be what we have to do...
  6. lbjandai thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
    he said he was installing "like two things" - one of which was itunes.

    sounds like we are gonna do a complete reinstall or an archive and install. Is there any way an archive and install wouldnt actually fix the problem?

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