Mac not loading OS properly

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

  1. chrissmash macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2007
    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


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
  3. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2009
    Central England
    extremely unlikely
  4. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Did you know you can open a Finder window from Safari? Clear the URL bar, and type
    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

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    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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