My computer is so screwed up; please help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rootedinjesus, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. rootedinjesus macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2014
    My computer has gotten really screwed up this past week.

    It started with iMovie not responding, prompting me to force it to quit. While the app icon would show that it quit, the window would still be up and the beach ball of death would continued to spin mockingly. So I'd have to restart the computer.

    Then it would spontaneously restart when I put it to sleep and have me log in, even though I set it up so that it wouldn't require that under normal circumstances.

    Then it would run for an average of five minutes with me doing stuff. Then, I'd do something, and the computer would freeze in place, then restart on its own, prompting me to log in. Once, I even logged in, and in the middle of loading my desktop, it froze, started beeping, and I had to force it to shut down! That happened two times after, the last of which happened in the middle of my newly downloaded Sophos' scan of my memory.

    Now, when I start up my computer, I log in, and instead of booting up after I type in my password, the gray apple logo screen pops up and just sits there doing nothing.

    With a little luck, my mom's gonna take it to a store tomorrow to be checked, but I want to know if there's any way I can fix it without potentially having to pay a dime, cuz I'm broke. I've tried using Apple's recommendations for starting up safety mode and/or running Apple Diagnostics, but neither of those have worked.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd say first Back up your data.

    After that, I'd probably look to doing a fresh install of OS X. There may have been some corruption going on. Overall however having Apple look at it, is probably the best thing you can do.
  3. rootedinjesus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2014
    That's not gonna work.

    First off, I can't back up my data because I can't access it since I can't log in. That being said, I also can't do a fresh install of OS X. If I can't log in, I can't do anything.
  4. someoneoutthere macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2014
    The Great Lakes State
    Can you boot it up in safe mode?
    If so, you could trying backing up everything while you're there and finally do a fresh install of the OS X of your choice.
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Sounds like a dead spinning HDD to me.

    I'd suggest you do a clean install first, and if it persists, buy an SSD.

    You don't need to be able to login to do a clean install. All you need is a second Mac and a USB drive.
  6. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Have you tried turning it off then on again?? :D
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    FYI, you don't need to log in to reinstall OS X. Boot holding CMD+R, follow the on screen instructions. No logging in necessary.

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