Help! Installed 10.5.7 and now it's stuck on the blue screen!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by blSwagger, May 13, 2009.

  1. blSwagger macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I tried installing 10.5.7 last night using the regular software update and it kept failing. Then I went to the mac website to download the dmg file, which worked. I installed it fine and then clicked restart. The blue screen came on and the circular thingy in the middle started going around as usual. Then it stopped, but the blue screen stayed. Then the circular thingy came back. I left it alone overnight in hopes that it would fix itself by morning, but no, it's still stuck on the blue screen. Any ideas?
  2. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I think I'm having the same problem. By blue screen you mean that apple space screen right? Mine is frozen there too. Is it safe to just shut the machine off?
  3. blSwagger thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    This has happened to my brother in law at least 2 or 3 times. He told me if you shut it off, you'll have to format and reinstall os x from disk, and then do a time machine restore.... hence my post here - I want to avoid having to do that.
  4. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    try to re-update combo 10.5.7 with before safe boot (shift) ..

    or run diskwarrior 4.1.1 from extern hdd.
  5. blSwagger thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    How do you do that if it's stuck on the blue screen and you can't get the OS to load up?
  6. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Anytime you are about to do an upgrade, repair all your permissions, reset
    the pram etc.

    I upgraded to 10.5.7 with no issues. But it was a huge download.
  7. blSwagger thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I ran disk utility and repaired all permissions a couple days ago. What is reseting pram? How do you do it?
  8. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    Boot from OS X disk and repair permissions from Utilities>Disk Utility.

    It's funny how on a whim, I repaired permissions yesterday.

    Installing the 10.5.7 update today went fine for me.

    My MBP takes a while to find the boot disk and boot, I guess I'll have to find out why.
  9. brosmooth macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2009
  10. iBimmer macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2009
    Had the same problem, all I did was shut down the laptop and start it up again. All went smoothly after that.

    FWIW, mine is an MBA, 1.86GHz SSD.

  11. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Or you could just be nice and tell them Command + Option + P + R when you press the power button. Wait until you hear the Apple BONG at least two times.
  12. theNEOone macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    Same thing here.

    Just do a hard reset and you'll be fine. The computer will go through a few more startup cycles and might get stuck again, but just let it do its thing. Kind of annoying, but it does the trick.

  13. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I had the same problem on one machine. Having a good back-up, I bit the bullet, held down the power button and shut down (in the middle of the blue screen/spinner). When I turned it back on, it re-booted a time or two, then came back as good as new. No problems at all.
  14. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    If you install 10.5.7 and get stuck at the blue screen after rebooting and cant get rid of it by simply turning it off then on again, boot from Mac OS X install disk and run disk utility and repair permissions and repair disk if needed. That might help someone hopefully.
  15. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I can confirm that if you do a hard reset, the computer will be fine. It will start up and reboot 2-3 more times before booting up normally.

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