Main account won't load, other account will.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kalele, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. kalele macrumors newbie

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    I started having problems this weekend with my macbook freezing, though the battery level would still move as would wifi -- it just gave me the spinning circle. Every few minutes it would recognize where the cursor is, but then nothing. I booted it successfully in smart mode and shut it down correctly, but now it'll only boot to the wallpaper and no farther. I signed into a second account and it works just fine. I haven't downloaded anything over the weekend -- I was out of town and used it mainly for Hulu and checking Facebook. Any suggestions?
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Could be a finder problem, do you have Administrator permission in the other working Account, if so delete com.Apple.Finder.com in the affected account, it is in /Users/Affected Account name/Library/Preferences.

    You could also delete it with a terminal command but try the above first.

    BTW, what is "I booted it successfully in smart mode" you probably mean Safe Mode.
     
  3. kalele thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha yeah, that's what I meant. I type faster than I think sometimes. This account is an admin account but it says I don't have permission to open the affected username's folder.
     
  4. justperry, Oct 14, 2012
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    justperry macrumors 604

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    In terminal, you need a password though.

    cd /User/*Affected Account Name*/Library/Preferences----Hit return

    sudo rm com.apple.finder.plist----Hit return

    Enter password----Hit return

    Note: *Affected Account Name* replace with the affected user name account.

    Edit: You will loose all the settings in Finder, need to set up again.

    You could also move the com.apple.finder.plist in terminal if you want to keep the File.

    cd /User/*Affected Account Name*/Library/Preferences----Hit return

    sudo mv com.apple.finder.plist /User/*Affected Account Name*/Desktop----Hit return

    Enter password----Hit return
     
  5. kalele thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got access through the library and deleted it. I restarted and now I get just the dock, the top bar with only the apple icon and the spinning circle. :confused:
     
  6. justperry, Oct 15, 2012
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    justperry macrumors 604

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    What did you delete, the com.apple.finder.plist?

    So, now you only get the Apple menu and a spinning wheel, if that is the case more is going on.

    Try also to delete caches in Users/your account name/Library/Caches and/or /Library and/or /System/Library/Caches

    Edit : You could also try to delete the invisible .DS_Store file in the desktop folder, this file also can cause problems.

    cd /Users/your account name/Desktop----Return Button

    sudo rm .DS_Store----Return Button

    type Password----Return Button
     
  7. kalele thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried both of the above...still just getting the dock and apple menu
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    Make a new User account and move your stuff over.
     

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