Window Server won't quit.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by NY Guitarist, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    I have a drive with El Cap (10.11.6) that won't go through a normal shutdown.

    ◆ When I use restart/shutdown/logout command finder quits to a non responsive window with only dock active.

    ◆ I have activity monitor in dock so I can launch it and see that window server is still active. I have to force quit window server to proceed, and system will shutdown etc after that.

    ◆ A time machine restore backup made no difference and neither did a reinstall from recovery disk.

    I may try to reinstall El Cap on another disk and migrate everything over, but hope I won't just import the problem. I'm trying to avoid this as it may cause me to have to reinstall a pile of apps that are all on DVD and will take days and days!

    Any thoughts on what the culprit might be? I searched the web, found a few things where people seemed to fix it but didn't elaborate. Couple mentioned some terminal stuff.

    Help a guy out!
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    Can you copy and paste that last 20 lines of so from the console logs for immediately before you killed the Windowserver process?
  3. NY Guitarist thread starter macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    Hey thanks for the response! I'll will do that when I'm back tomorrow. I appreciate any insight in to possible cause/fix.

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