Startup Problem 10.6.8

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dpo, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. dpo macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Recently 'down'graded back to 10.6.8 on my Macbook Air from a Carbon Copy Clone backup.

    Since which time there have been quite a few quirks, one of them is that frequently when starting up the login window does not respond to key presses. I have to close the lid, wait a few moments, then open it back up, and it's responsive.

    Anyone run into this?
  2. spacedrabbit macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2011
    that's a very specific quirk. the loginwindow process (/System/Library/CoreServices/ handles that initial login screen, so if there's a problem there, there's a good chance one or more of your core system services has become corrupted.

    I dont know how feasible it is, but you can try trashing you /Library/Preferences/, which are the settings for the login window defined under User and Groups, and then restarting the Mac. I think the OS should rebuild that plist on next startup.

    if things get bad, you may just have to start from scratch

    Just have backups on hand before doing anything :)
  3. dpo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Thanks, I tried this, and I could start back up again okay, but I am still experiencing severe login window unresponsiveness for up to a minute, which is obviously a shame on a fast-booting SSD MBA...

    Perhaps it's something to do with the number of NTFS drives I have connected (and spotlight-indexed). This was unproblematic, but with my recent Lion up- and downgrade, things seem to have gotten out of kilter.

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