Why won't my computer shut off?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by XFacta82, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. XFacta82 macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I click shut down and nothing happens. Why??!!
  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    check your dock. is there a black arrow (tiger) or a blue dot (leopard) under any of the dock icons other than finder? Its possible that an application is having trouble closing.
    If you do see a black arrow or blue dot, try "command" + "Option" + "escape" to choose a program to force quit. Or you can click the apple menu in the top left and choose force quit. (Finder should show up in the force quit options. That shouldn't be what is keeping you from turning off, so you don't need to relaunch it.)

    i've had this issue with mail. sometimes it just won't close when i turn off my mac, so i have to force quit it.
  3. Clyde099 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
  4. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Listen to macbookairman

    And if that doesn't work, shut it down, using whatever means necessary. Once it's shut down, press the power button and hold the Command, Option, P, and R buttons, all at the same time. You should hear a second startup boonnnngggggggggggggggg.

    Hope this helps.
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You can force it to turn off by holding the power button for about 5 seconds.
  6. XFacta82 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    What will this do?
  7. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    resets the pram i believe. i know i have a few programs (like keyboard maestro) that won't close on a shut down. i have to close them manually then do a shut down.
  8. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Also make sure Safari is not the last app opened before shutdown.

    The latest version hangs on some Mac models running leopard.

    A good practice is to shut down safari then open up another application and close it.

    this will free up all the memory that Safari uses.

    Now shut down computer like normal

  9. mach42006 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    I have been having a similar problem. I rarely shut my MBP off, but every couple weeks or so when I do–just encountered this a little over a month ago–it will not shut down because Mail is still running. I try quitting numerous ways. When I control+click it doesn't give me the option to force quit, just quit. And no matter how many times I click quit or press apple Q, and no matter how long I wait, Mail will not quit and I must resort to holding the power button down. It's not just when I try shutting down that it won't quit–if I try to quit Mail at any time I get the same result.

    I'm in the process of verifying and repairing permissions right now, and I'll try resetting the pram as well and see if that works.
  10. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    I check programs to see if they're not responding. If they fail to respond, close, or if the computer seems unresponsive (no finder, no dock animation, can't click anything, etc..) I just hold the power button.

    It shuts off suddenly, and then I reboot it. Everything works out fine.

    I actually set up keyboard maestro to "close all programs + shut down computer" by hitting CMD+Option+Control+Q

    It's so simple whenever it works, but sometimes i get unresponsive programs.
  11. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    I just had this problem and Force Quit worked thanks. I am new to mac and control+ Click then quit would not work so i didnt know what to do. My mac was hitting 140 degrees so I thought I would give a cool down by shutting down for a while but it just wouldn't because mail was open.
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Resetting the PRAM in this case isn't going to help, since Mail has nothing to do with the PRAM. I've had this same problem, and it's very annoying. Pressing Command + Option + Escape brings up the Force Quit window- I can quit Mail from there if it's not working any other way.

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