My mac will not shut down or restart. What do I need to do?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by XFacta82, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. XFacta82 macrumors member

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    When i click either shut down or restart my computer does nothing. And sometimes, the top bar disappears so I have to shut it down by holding the power button. Why is this happening? How can I fix it?
     
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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  3. XFacta82 thread starter macrumors member

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  4. nakile macrumors regular

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    Try hitting Control+Command+Eject and see if it will restart that way.
     
  5. XFacta82 thread starter macrumors member

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    It does it that way, but I want my computer to just restart normally. This shouldn't be happening right?
     
  6. nakile macrumors regular

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    I'm going to assume that the Finder can't locate the files it needs to in order to run the shutdown or restart procedure. That's why it doesn't know what to do.

    Repairing your disk permissions might just fix this.
     
  7. Rayzalloyd macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon and am experiencing the same problem. My mac will not shut down or restart EVER. This problem only started when i installed LION!! I found a "fix" which had to do with PRAM zapping - It worked once after the PRAM clean. I have unfortunately also installed LION on my mac mini and this is also a problem on this machine

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    article on PRAM clean to fix the problem:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379
     
  8. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    Control - Eject keys > Shutdown or Restart
    Control-Command-Eject keys to restart the Mac
    Control-Option-Command-Eject keys for shutdown
     

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