Odd startup problem?

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  1. iPhone3GHunt macrumors member

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    Everytime I start up my Mac the finder opens by itself...

    How do I fix this?
     
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Look first in System Preferences - Accounts -your account - Login Items tab. Make sure the finder is not listed in there
     
  3. iPhone3GHunt thread starter macrumors member

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    No finder login item is listed there only:

    iTunes Helper
    iStat Menus Helper
     
  4. Corrado33 macrumors member

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    What do you mean the finder opens by itself? Do you mean you automatically log in? Or do you mean that a finder "window" opens by itself every time you start up?
     
  5. iPhone3GHunt thread starter macrumors member

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    The finder window opens everytime I turn on my computer.
    So I login, my dock shows up and then the finder window pops up.
     
  6. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Have you tried trashing the finder prefs file?
     
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  8. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Try this

    open terminal type

    cd /Library/Preferences/

    rm com.apple.finder.plist

    reboot system
     
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  10. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Can u make another user account and see if the finder opens when you log into that new account?
     
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  12. sgtbob macrumors regular

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    Startup requires Options Key

    I'm not sure if this is a new problem or if it is a problem at all. When I shut my iMac down and restart, the screen is entirely white with no options showing. If I restart and hold the 'option' button down, I will be presented with the HDD icon and an arrow. Pressing the arrow allows the unit to start up to my desktop. Is this a normal operation?

    Bob:confused:
     
  13. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    You should only hold down the option key during start-up if you want to boot in to your windows partition, if you have one. Otherwise don't press anything and during the start-up an apple should show on the screen and then boot in to OSX.
     
  14. sgtbob macrumors regular

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    Startup requires Options Key

    The screen never starts in OS-X unless I hold down the option key during the startup. That is what I perceive to be the problem. Solution?

    Bob
     
  15. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    Go to your system preferences, then select start-up disk, and make sure Macintosh HD is the first disk listed. If it is, then I have no idea what else to try.
     
  16. sgtbob macrumors regular

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    Thanks - I did as suggested - the HDD was the first item in the startup, but I highlighted it anyway. I restarted, waited quite a while and it started with the OS-x system. Thanks for the advice. It is now workign as I had hoped.

    Bob
     
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  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Do you have external drives connected? Also do you have bluetooth devices set to auto connect?

    Have you tried repairing disk permissions?
     
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  20. ant-macyourself macrumors member

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    To repair disk permissions you need to open Disk Utility (search for it in Spotlight if you're not sure where it is), choose your hard drive in the list, and click the Repair Disk Permissions button. It will take a while to complete and you might see a bunch of lines of text - this is all normal. When it's done you can restart your computer and see if it fixed your problem.
     

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  21. gMac macrumors member

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    Maybe I'm missing something here, but if I close all open finder windows before shutting down, none open when I restart.

    On the other hand, if I leave any open before shutting down, they pop back up after a restart.
     

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