Mac not loading OS properly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrissmash, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. chrissmash macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi Guys, strange problem started over the weekend, I have a previous generation Macbook Pro bought last April running Snow Leopard. I switched it on and it allows me to login as normal (with a warning that my startup disk is almost full which may be the problem). Once I login it loads my background and does not load any further except Safari opening up (which I request it to do on startup) does anyone have any idea what is happening? I can browse the web but cannot see any way to start applications or load finder windows. Well and truly stumped. I am happy to wipe it and reinstall as I have a complete time machine back up but it's still not helping :(

    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

    atlanticza

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  3. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

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    #3
    extremely unlikely
     
  4. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

    Dalton63841

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    #4
    Did you know you can open a Finder window from Safari? Clear the URL bar, and type
    Code:
    /Users/
    then press Enter. If a Finder window pops up, then navigate to /Applications/Utilities/ and launch Disk Utility. Try Repairing Permissions. Then reboot.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    #5
    There are NO viruses in the wild for OSx. People are so quick to blame any problem on a "virus" and it shows a lack of knowledge of OSx.

    To the OP it sounds like your HDD is simply getting too full. Try getting rid of some unneeded stuff.
     

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