my macbook wont shut down!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pieseller, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. pieseller macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    my macbook wont shut down. it keeps saying "finder failed to quit' or "safari has failed to quit'. all it does is remove the top control bar( file/edit/view etc..) i have tried the control + eject command but it comes up with the same message.

    i installed macfreepops earlier, it didnt work properly. could this have screwed my macbook?

    please help!
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    you can do a hard shutdown, by holding down the power button until your Macbook is off.
    Then reboot and try to shut down normally to see if the problem persists.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    Holding the power button down for about 5 seconds should still shut it down.
    You might want to repair permissions once you restart as well.
  4. pieseller thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    ok wicked. i will do that. before i do, what is repair permissions?

  5. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008
    To repair Disk Permissions, open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk select your hard drive in the list on the left and click Repair Disk Permissions.

    Check out this article over at Apple to see what it actually does.

  6. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    If the thing gets nasty and it really will not shut down, it will eventually run out of battery, or you can take it out yourself if you are in a hurry. But stick with the power button method.
  7. pieseller thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    i shut down with the 5 second hold, now im back on its working great again.

    seriously the people in this forum are really helpful, no matter how small or big the problem.

    thanks guys.
  8. MacTipsAndHelp macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2008
    Okay this is really simple. All you have to do is go to the apple menu button and then click force quite and then quite everything and then try to shut down your mac... That happened to me before.
    Its super easy once you know what to do.. Its not complicated at all.
  9. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Ummm, he already said the "force quit" didn't work.
  10. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Yeah this has happened to me once before and it really annoys me.. I just hold down the power key.. force quit wont quit those stubborn apps..

    Then once i restart I run TechTool Deluxe, does this repair permissions and everything automatically for me? I think it does, not sure.. I would rather TechTool Deluxe do it for me than me do myself.
  11. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby

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