Problems with iMac startup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tallchris, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. tallchris, Apr 10, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012

    tallchris macrumors member

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    Occasionally when I start up my iMac
    (24-inch early 2008, 2,8GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256MB running 10.7.3b),

    it takes a long time (3-4 times how long it usually takes).

    It has this loading bar at the bottom

    [​IMG]

    After it starts up it is sluggish, and graphics can be 'glitchy' and animates very unsmooth.

    If i restart it fixes it, except that spotlight starts indexing.

    If i restart it for a 2nd time then everything runs fine

    Any ideas on why this is happening? I've had it happen to my early-2011 13" MBP too
     
  2. garevans macrumors newbie

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    Aug 26, 2008
    #2
    Safe mode

    It looks like your computer is starting in safe mode.

    If you haven't already done so, back up ASAP!

    If it were me I'd do a time machine backup, wipe the disk, re-install and use migration assistant to bring across my user folder again.
     
  3. tallchris thread starter macrumors member

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    okay luckily we use dropbox at work so everything that's important is backed up.


    Why would it be starting in safe mode?
     
  4. garevans macrumors newbie

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    You normally enter safe mode by holding the shift key at startup. I have no idea why your mac has decided to do it.

    There are a few things you can try like verifying the disk in disk utility, but in all honesty it's faster and less hassle to blast away and rebuild.

    EDIT: incase you're interested:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564
     
  5. tallchris thread starter macrumors member

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    I've tried using disk utility and it hasn't had any effect, it's not a massive problem would probably wait until ML comes out before doing a fresh install, just curious as to why it's happening...
     

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