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Mac Pro :: Progress Bar During Grey Boot Screen?


I just restarted my MacPro2,1 (8 core 3 GHz, snow leopard) and well... I saw this bar that I haven't seen before

I was wondering what the hell this is because it also took longer to restart (the progress bar thingy)

I took a picture of it with my phone: Picture!


View 5 Replies (Posted: Mar 30, 2010)

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OS X Leopard :: Boot To Grey Screen And OS X Unable To Reinstall
I resolved a problem today and thought I'd post about it in case anyone has the same issue (since calls to Apple Support did not solve the problem but I found solutions on the internet).My computer booted to a Grey Screen with the spinning wheel. I followed the troubleshooting tips described by Apple (boot from installation disk, run disk repair) but these did not solve the problem.In addition, I tried to reinstall the system (archive and save the previous system and reinstall) but got an error that the system could not be reinstalled and the error message said to contact the manufacturer. Apple erroneously told me that there was a problem with my OS X installation DVD, but clearly (as you will see below) they were not correct.When rebooting in Verbose Safe Mode (holding down Command-V during startup), the following error message came up and kept repeating, endlessly--thereby indicating it was the cause the crash:

Just before the crash, I had changed file networking permissions on my computer. I added file sharing to my hard drive but then removed "Everyone" from sharing (which seemed to make sense since I didn't want "Everyone" to have access to my drive). Turns out that this was the cause of the problem. This change to file sharing (eliminating "Everyone" from my root drive) made it so that the drive wouldn't boot and also prevented the system from being reinstalled.

The problem and several possible solutions are described at: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t120155.html

Solution 1 at the link above is:

1) boot with command+s key

2) sbin/fsck -fy

3) sbin/mount -uw /

4) disable bonjour with "launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist"

You'll get an error message saying it could not unload, but this makes sense because your not doing it in the console with the os booted. So all is ok.

5) type "exit" to reboot and breath out when it passes the gray loading screen.

The above Solution 1 DID NOT WORK for me but it may have worked for others.Solution 2 listed at the link above was: Connect another mac to the Non-booting one via Firewire cable and turn on the Non-booting mac in Target mode (power up holding down 'T'). When the HD (that has bad permissions) shows up on the desktop of the spare mac, CTRL/Right Click on the messed up HD and click 'get info', scroll down to 'sharing and permissions', and changed the 'everyone' back to 'read only'. (you may have to unlock with a password to do this)THIS SECOND SOLUTION WORKED FOR ME... (After going out and buying a Firewire 800 cable for $40...)Hope above is useful if anyone has the same problem. Obviously, you shouldn't remove "Everyone" from your root drive & should either remove guests from sharing files or only set up sharing on sub-directories to prevent everyone from accessing your shared files.

Information:
iMac
Mac OS X (10.5.8)

Posted: Nov 5, 2009

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