MBP cannot shut down, log out or restart

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by grahamnp, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    My early 08 MBP has seemed to have lost the ability to do the above 3 functions. Pressing the power button does not bring up the shut down/restart/sleep menu and going through the menu bar and clicking "shut down" does nothing either. Pressing cmd + shift + Q does nothing when it used to bring up the log out option. It's only been like this the past few days, I noticed when I was prompted to reboot for the SMC update but OSX did nothing after I clicked the reboot button. The only way to shut down or reboot is to perform a forced shut down.

    I've repaired disk permissions, repaired the disk, reset the SMC and the PRAM but nothing has worked.

    Help please? Thanks.
     
  2. erx7300zx macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same problem. I've read that you can restore firmware to get the SMC back on track by following the instruction on apple site: They suggest to create a restore disk and hold down the power button till you see 3 blinking sleep led, then insert the disk to run a restore. Turn out, it didn't work for me, it's keep going to the login screen. Any Comment.
     
  3. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you able to do a shutdown or restart using the Terminal application :

    SHUTDOWN
    =======

    sudo shutdown -h now

    RESTART
    =====

    sudo shutdown -r now
     
  4. grahamnp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did try the shutdown and restart commands but when I typed "su" to start with it would not let me enter my password so the shutdown and restart commands did not work.

    I had a spare hour so I ended up using time machine to restore my system to about a week ago. I've since performed the SMC update along with all others and it works fine. I'm still curious as to why this happened, if anybody has an answer I would appreciate it.
     

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