Restart Shutdown not working at all!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by skullsplitter, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. skullsplitter macrumors member

    May 9, 2005
    I can only restart/shutdown my MBP by holding down the power button.

    The apple menu does not work

    Pressing the power button does not bring up the shutdown options

    I have used a Mac since 2001 so this is reasonably serious for me to ask for help, after restarting I still have to option. I have tried terminal commands I read off the internet but these did not work either.

    Need help with this serious OS X bug,

    TY for the help,
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Create a new user account and see if you can shut down from the Apple menu from that account.
  3. quincymc macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007

    What terminal commands did you try?

    My restart / shutdown options from apple menu dont work either (sleep suprisingly does), instead I have to do a 'sudo shutdown -h now', which works every time..

  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I haven't heard of this issue till now.

    What exactly doesn't work? If you choose "Restart..." what happens then?

    And what happens if you choose the same but pressing <OPTION> at the same time (disabling the ...), so that it (should) Restart right away?

    Does "sudo reboot" (in terminal) work every time aswell?
  5. quincymc macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    option reboot / shutdown does nothing :(

    Also, a sudo reboot just prompts for password and still just sits there :(

    However a sudo shutdown does something quite interesting .. it kills all the daemons (nis, apache etc etc) but doesnt shut the computer down...?!

    I must admit a sudo shutdown -h now meets my needs, but I am curious as to why this is happening... And, the behaviour is the same for a 'vanilla' account..

  6. emil.s macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2007
    Hi! I, and some more users at (swedish mac forum) does have the same problem.
    "sudo halt/reboot" works, but not the Apple menu, or the power button.

    It's the same for all users, so it's something whith the system...

    I can shutdown from the loginwindow(?) userswitch.jpg (highlighted field). Don't know what it's called in the english OS X :p
    And userswitching works, but not logout.

    Does realy noone know whats wrong?

    The swedish tread:
    Thanks /Emil.s
  7. emil.s macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2007
    I installed Leopard today. Which works perfect. :)
    But the question remains... Is there a solution for this?
  8. ultimateceej macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2007
    I had this exact problem about 2-3 weeks ago. Can you not log off from the apple menu either?
    It happened when I messed around with some of the .plist files like loginwindow.plist and and in ~/Library. An archive and reinstall did not work because my settings in ~/Library were not changed or overwritten. I even made a backup of the two .plist files and copied some different ones from a friend's macbook. When that didn't work, I put my original .plist files backand POOF, it worked!!! I have no idea how but I do know that an archive and install does not do much except take up about 10 gigs with the 'Previous Systems' folder.

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