weird startup problem

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wfriedwald, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. wfriedwald macrumors member

    wfriedwald

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    Jan 1, 2017
    #1
    this has been happening for a few weeks now:

    2008 Mac Pro, El Capitan (using a new SSD hard drive as start drive) -

    every morning I start up - and then the whole system freezes and crashes about 60% of the way through the start up process.

    So, I forcibly power down (holding the power button in the front of the Mac Pro), then, once it's turned off, I pull out the power plug.

    then I start again, this time using safe startup mode.

    then I start for a third time, using normal startup mode.

    and usually everything works at this point.

    Most recent mornings, I try to remember to begin with safe mode, then power off, then start again with normal mode.

    does anybody have any idea what's happening or how I can prevent it from happening?

    thanks very much for any feedback,

    W
     
  2. now i see it macrumors 65816

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    Jan 2, 2002
    #2
    If the problem started after installing the SSD, then that's cause.

    Try booting from an external hard drive.

    Remove & reseat the SSD then erase it & do a clean install. Don't install any other programs.

    If the problem persists only on this SSD, the SSD is the problem.
     
  3. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors member

    wfriedwald

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    Jan 1, 2017
    #3
    oh gosh! that would do it, but that is a rather draconian measure. I would hope that there's something a little less severe!

    the problem started well over a month or six weeks after using the new SSD drive, which makes me think (or at least hope) it's not anything to do with the physical drive. I hope!

    thanks again for your feedback,

    w
     

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