MacBook Pro won't boot up-stuck after logon screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AubreyL, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. AubreyL macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    I have a 2 month old MacBook Pro. It has worked fine but last night I left it on with a lot of applications open. This morning all the apps were locked up and I was just getting the beachball. I was unable to quit any of them or even get to the point of restarting the computer. Once I did I was unable to boot. I get to the logon screen where I enter my password. I get all the way to the screen where I have my background but all I have is the upper right part of the screen (around a square inch) where you see the blue magnifying glass that you use for Spotlight. I get nothing else, no dock, pull down menus, etc. I have gone as far as putting the OS Tiger Boot Disk in and using the Option key to start from CD but then during the boot I get that black screen where it says I need to restart my computer and to hold down the power button.
    Any ideas of what I can do?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Do you have any third party hardware attached? Do you have any third party RAM installed? :)
  3. hotboiled macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    i had exactly the same thing !!!

    it was a network drive connection and a g5 share that was connected! (at work)

    2 solutions that worked for me

    reconect to the network


    login in as a different user
    put fast users switching on and switch

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