HELP!! Mac Frozen before Login Window

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AdamZ, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. AdamZ macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Oh my god I'm so screwd! My girlfriend stopped by to let me use her 12" Powerbook since mine is busy rendering tonight and I needed to get some work done. After she left I connected to the internet and thought I would be nice if I updated her system since she has no internet at home. After Software Update concluded, and asked me to restart, I did so. It had updated numerous updates. Upon restart now everything seems to reboot ok untill it gets to the part where is says "Login Window Starting" and just hangs there! I have tried restarting, as well as just letting it go, and it still hangs there, just a centimeter from opening up the Login Window. Oh please help me out folks. There is nothing worse than screwing something up that someone borrowed to you. Thanks in advanced!!!
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    1 Check/fix file system -- run fsck from HD or Disk First Aid from CD/DVD

    2 Check safe boot mode -- hold shift key on boot

    3 if it safe boots -- repair permissions

    4 update prebindings
  3. sjpetry macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Try starting in safe mode by doing this.

    NOTE: Safe Booting into Mac OS X takes longer than a normal startup. It can be quite a long time. This will depend based on how long it takes to check and repair the directory of your hard drive.

    1. Make sure your computer is turned off.
    2. Press the power button to turn your computer on
    3. Just after you hear the startup tone (NOT BEFORE), press and hold the down the shift key

    Edit: Sun Baked beat me. :( :p
    he has a better post. :eek:
  4. AdamZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Thanks for the quick response folks, but it hangs in single user mode as well. Oh I'm so screwd! I'll keep hacking...
  5. jacg macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2003
    Something like this happened to my 15" Powerbook. It would boot in safe mode but the airport wasn't working. Turned out the airport card needed reseating.

    Just a thought.
  6. AdamZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Well, I am giving up and doing a software archive and install. Holding my breath......
  7. AdamZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Dispite being awfully upset with Apple regarding Firewire cables and iPods (they should at least make them $12) I am reminded once again that we belong to the coolest club in show bussiness. I went ahead and did the install and wouldn't you know, after 20min, a reboot, and dragging the Previous System folder to the trash, everything came out just perfect. Thank you Apple for having such a great OS, keep it up. I actually think I know what happened too. I seem to remember quite awhile ago that I was offered to give feedback on Voiceover, which will be included in Tiger. I installed it on her computer instead of my own and I think it put a differnt version of Mac OSX that the combo update couldn't handle. I would of had to do this at somepoint to get back on the right track anyway, is what I'm saying. Thanks to all who responded. Now that it's 6 am where I am I can go to bed.

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