MacBook won't shut down, no apps work!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Littlebug, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. Littlebug macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2014
    Hey guys, here's the situation:

    I can't open any of my applications (except finder). They just bounce for a minute and then do nothing. I tried opening Activity Monitor and Task Manager (cmd+opt+esc) but NOTHING happens!

    When I move my mouse to the top right bar, it becomes a spinning wheel/beach ball. Time/date/battery haven't changed since this problem began yesterday.

    Finally, I can't turn off my Mac. Even when I press the button for a minute, nothing happens.

    Thanks for any help, this is my first post here :)

  2. dorx3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2014
    This same thing is happening to me! Please help.
  3. Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013
    Since you dont specify what computer you use i dont know if this will work, But take out the battery. If its a Macbook it will work.
  4. dorx3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2014
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Can you get to Terminal?
    Four finger pinch on trackpad->Utility->Terminal

    If yes, you could try a shutdown command from there:
    sudo shutdown -h now
  6. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    In the event that your Mac is totally frozen, you can hold the power button and it will shut off. This is not recommended except when totally frozen.

    I would recommend repairing permissions in Disk Utility.
  7. dhjdhj macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008
    For what it's worth, I have the same problem. I have to remote ssh into the machine to execute a shutdown.

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