Mac not starting up

russlachanse

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Aug 2, 2005
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I just restarted my mac and it seemed to be going fine until a screen came up only giving me the option to restart or shut down. I tried restarting several times with the same message being displayed.
Thanks for your help
Russ
 

russlachanse

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Original poster
Aug 2, 2005
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it's different than that...

Yellow,
Thanks for your reply
It's not that screen. (OS X.2)
When I start the computer it comes up like normal with the progress bar then the screen turns blue as normal but instead of the documents and folders appearing on the desktop a dialog box with my computer's name shows up and only gives me the option of restart or shut down. I think the first time it happened it told me that I couldn't be logged in but I never got that message again.
Thanks
 

russlachanse

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 2, 2005
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yes very close to that

yes very close to that
with only the restart and shut down option
 

yellow

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Oct 21, 2003
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Hmm that's really strange, I've never encountered that. Do you normally have autologin? There's no chance to choose a user/enter a username and enter a password?

I'd start by booting from the installer CD/DVD and running Disk Utility and running first aid on the disk.
 

russlachanse

macrumors newbie
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Aug 2, 2005
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I do normally have autologin and There's no chance to choose a user/enter a username and enter a password. I've never seen it either. I'll try to use the start up disk
Thanks

Russ
 

wdlove

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Oct 20, 2002
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I hope that you will be successful. Are you running Repair Permissions occasional and especially after major installations?
 

slooksterPSV

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Apr 17, 2004
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Repair Permissions - Everything that you use on OS X, has permissions. You have to have certain permissions to run certain things. Root is the permission-less master of all these permissions being it is a Super User and has read/write permission to any/everything basically.
 
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