I often have an issue where my iMac won't shut down, restart or logout users. Basically, when I click Shut Down or Restart, the desktop icons disappear as if the computer's getting ready to shut down (the desktop wallpaper remains) and it just sits there and won't shut down. I have to hold down the power button on the back of the computer in order to get the computer to shut off. This often happens when I try to logout a user. I'd say this happens about 2/3 to 3/4 of my attempts to shut down or logout a user.
SOME ago, I came across a strange problem on my macbook pro: I wast able to log out, restart or shut down using the apple menu, nor using the power button, which just won't respond.When I try to restart, nothing just happens. No spinning wheel, nothing. The only way to restart is to use sudo reboot in the Terminal.This problem started short after I installed a program called FontForge, but uninstalling it didnt help, nor did recovering the system from an older Time Machine backup (from the time before I installed the FontForge). Finaly I thought it could be something about the SMC and I reseted both it and the PRAM, but without any success. Then I did a re-installation of Mac OS X Lion using Lion recovery, but still no difference and now Im beginning to feel quite clueless.
I downloaded Mac OS X 10.5.7 from the Apple website rather than using Software Update only to save time. I used Software Update to get 10.5.7 on my MacBook Pro and it took 35 minutes to download the package. Using the Apple website for my iMac, the download took about 15 minutes.
I then began the installation of 10.5.7 on the iMac. Everything went fine until it was time to restart. The computer froze on restart. I had to hold down the power button to turn off the iMac. Then I started it up and it began to load for quite a while (normal after an update). Then I logged in and went to "About This Mac" and it read that I had Mac OS X 10.5.7.
Obviously, this is an unorthodox way of updating. But am I safe with this method? Was it just a minor glitch?
I couldn't eject external disk, searching on internet followed a suggestion to delete com.apple...trash.plist in home folder library/preferences.still didn't work and I restart the computer and it worked. I can eject the external disk. I continued browsing the internet for several hours. And when I wanted to shutdown I clicked the apple menu choose shutdown nothing came up, no dialog box. I tried the control+alt+command+eject didn't work either.
Is there any way to go about dealing with an application that has frozen (or results in the spinning of the 'beachball of death')...and then to top things off, decides to prevent you from force-quitting it as well!! Not being able to force-quit a stuck App is a major problem, because it means that I can then not log-out, restart or shutdown my computer...inevitably, my only option is to hold down the power button on my machine to force-shutdown!
I enabled the Mac equivalent to fast user switching (allows more than 1 profile to be logged in); when I want to shut down the system I get box that says other people are signed on, if you want to shut down, enter user name and password.
The problem is that no matter which user id/password combo I put in, it is not recognized; not even either of the admin users.
I am getting is that when a student logs into the machine (with a managed account), they come to log out and the apple menu disappears but the dock remains and log out does not happen. I either have to switch off using the button/pulling the plug, or by putting the computer into standby, then switching user to log in as someone else (either standard account or admin) and I am then able to log out/restart/shutdown. The problem never happens when logged in as a standard user or admin...
Is is possible to prevent users to restart/shutdown a computer from the Apple menu in Mac OSX? Is it possible to create some kind of a special group that will have rights to restart/shutdown computer? I have a mac here with many users. From time to time people restart the computer without any particular reason disturbing work of others. I need to find a way to prevent user from doing it deliberately.
My early 08 MBP has seemed to have lost the ability to do the above 3 functions. Pressing the power button does not bring up the shut down/restart/sleep menu and going through the menu bar and clicking "shut down" does nothing either. Pressing cmd + shift + Q does nothing when it used to bring up the log out option. It's only been like this the past few days, I noticed when I was prompted to reboot for the SMC update but OSX did nothing after I clicked the reboot button. The only way to shut down or reboot is to perform a forced shut down.
I've repaired disk permissions, repaired the disk, reset the SMC and the PRAM but nothing has worked.
Everything is fine and great with my iMac 27 except for the fact that logging out and rebooting takes ages. I've already disconnected all 3rd party USB devices and logout/reboot times are still close to ~3 minutes.
Sometimes when i log-out it takes a lot longer than normal it shows the blue screen and spinning gear then it seems like the computer just freezes like the graphics have messed up. Then a few minuetes later the login window will appear as normall like nothing has happened.
Do you think i should take this imac back or do you think its just some software bug?
When trying to logout, I keep getting "the application safari canceled logout" even though I am not in Safari. This only recently started happening and I'm wondering if it is a setting issue or bug. Can someone tell me what to do?
This is a neat one. I found out last night that I cannot restart or shut down either of my Macs if my wife's account is still logged in. In order to perform either function, I have to log onto my wife's account and log it out before it will allow me to either restart or power down the computer.
If I try to do so while both accounts are logged in, I will get the usual prompt for an Admin name and password, but then it just won't go past that screen. The prompt just keeps coming up to enter the Admin info. Anyone else experiencing this, or have any recommendations?
I did an update install on both machines. I updated our iMac with a full retail copy, and the MBP I updated with an UTD disc. Perhaps doing a full erase and install is the answer? Or do you guys think it's just something buggy in SL?
My PowerBook G4 15" alu 1.25 ghz locked up out of nowhere the other night (while only running firefox). Couldn't even force quit, so after a long wait I manually shut it down. Then I couldn't get it going again. I pulled the battery, let it sit overnight, and then it started up, only to freeze up again in 30 minutes. Same routine yesterday (though it lasted an hour or so).
I live in Germany and the only Apple store is hours away. And of course my Apple Care is expired. I've zapped the PRAM, reset the PMU, ran first aid on disk utilities (everything came back OK), but I'm freaking out. This thing is seriously important to me, and I can't afford to replace it. I've read plenty of speculation that it could be the logic board, or that it's locking up from overheating, or maybe the hard drive is going bad (though the tests come back OK).
I'm running a 2007 silver Imac and just upgraded to SL. Aside from all my apple aps (ie. logic pro studio 8) running slower than molasses rolling up a hill. My mighty mouse (wired) jumping to the corner of the screen all the time and WiFi won't stay connected to my router for more than a few hours at a time (when this happens it also likes to ask me for the password it already knows and rejects it when i reenter it?
And my computer won't shut down or restart? I read in another thread about this happening with multiple accounts and a log out being needed but I don't have other accounts. So I have nothing to log out from? I'm super disappointed and am tempted to switch to windows 7, but I've already invested a small fortune into my apple and apple exclusive software like the looser that I am. And you'll be saving a perfectly good computer from being thrown out the window.
I've been happily in love with my iMac since 2006. Never had any problems.
Just got back from working abroad over a month and my business partner (new to Mac) has been using my computer. Apparently the computer was switched on nearly 24/7 and only been restarted a couple of times.
At first everything seemed fine until I ran the software update.
First problem, there was an error when doing the security update so couldn't complete the whole update.
iMac still working fine though..
First, it took ages to startup, then the dock didn't load. Tried restarting at first, didn't respond, shutting down neither....
Then when opening finder, the menus on the left hand side, Hard Drive, Documents, Music, etc... all gone...
Most applications won't open... even some jpegs, pdfs, etc...
Also the DiskImageMounter, Terminal and probably loads of other stuff has disappeared I'm not even aware of...
Tried to open 'About this Mac'... no response...
Tried to open.. 'Mac OSX Software' the following message appeared... Your system settings are being updated. Unable to open your preferred Web browser. Try again in a few minutes.
I've looked at the utilities folder, checked the CoreServices, tried 'killall Dock' (discovered that the terminal utility disappeared), etc, etc.
I have a 15" MacBook Pro unibody, when I click shut down, to turn it off, it just restarts! It doesn't shut down. The only way to turn it off is to hold down the power button for a few seconds. Even then, sometimes when I do that, it will randomly power up without touching it at all.
My iMac 27inch, Mid 2010 2.93 ghz i7 running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3, doesn't shut down or restart properly. Once I choose the option in apple menu it goes into white screen with a wheel spinning, it freezes there. The only to proceed is by manually holding the power button. Checked and repaired all disk permissions in standard and recovery mode, reset PRAM and SMC, did couple of cleaning procedures of cache and relative, did a whole virus running procedure. Cant figure out what has happened. It happens after I operate computer after turning it on, but it does shutdown and restart if its done straight away after turning it on without opening anything. I tried to monitor maybe it some software that makes act like that, but didn't find a link.
Info: iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1), 27 LED cinema display
Ever since I have upgraded to Lion from Snow Leopard, sometimes MacBook Pro doesn't shutdown or restart. I choose shutdown or restart it logs me out then there is the gray screen with the turning little dotted circle and it doesn't reboot or turn off, so I have to hold the power button and manually turn it off.
Info: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), Magic Mouse, and airport express
When I select Restart or Shut Down from the Apple menu, all of my apps close, but then it just sits there showing the desktop pattern. The cursor remains live. Nothing else happens. I have to hit ctrl-opt-power to force a power down.
This happens regardless of which account I'm logged into. (I have an extra "safety" account that I never use for anything. It has admin privileges.)
It also happens if I click Restart or Shut Down in the Login screen.
It also happens if I force reboot into Safe Mode and then try to Restart or Shut Down.
This iBook (see sig below) has a brand new HD in it, and I just spent an entire day doing a fresh reinstall of Tiger and all of my apps.
I have an iMac running 10.7.3 that will not shut down or restart using the apple menu.Â The only way to get this machine to shut down is to hold down the on/off button on the back of the computer.Â This has been a problem for quite some time and may have started with Lion, but Iâ€™m not sure.Â .
While working on my iMac, it suddenly went off. No warning at all. I've tried all the basic stuff and nothing happens. Holding the power button in and I don't hear the normal sounds. Thought it might have overheated but after it's cooled down, still nothing.
After "upgrading" to Lion, my MacPro refuses to complete either a Restart or Shut Down cycle.Â How can I discover what is hanging up the process?Â System: MacPro1,1; 8GB RAM, OS X 10.7.3, 4x2TB internal drives, all software updates applied.Â Â
In Lion, when restarting, many apps restart as well and open up many docs, slowing startup with stuff I don't want. I have unchecked the "restore windows when quitting and re-starting" box in system preferences>general. There has been no effect. Now what?
so i've been having an issue with the double tap to hi-light any text i wish to copy. Such things as double tapping the URL bar to hi-light the whole url so i can just retype w/e site i want to go to. Every time i restart or turn off or my mbp goes to sleep and i reopen it, the double tap function resets. So i'm forced to go to the system preferences > trackpad> "double-click speed" to slowest in order to get my double tap to hi-light anything again. Is there something wrong with my mbp? Or is there a way i can save the settings when i put the double-click speed to slow so that it wont reset every time my mbp needs to be woken up or restarted?
My imac will not shut off/restart or let me download the new updates because it says I have to quit the TextEdit first, but it will not let quit it. When I open up the TextEdit the Quit option is in a faded black/Grey color and does not do anything when I click on it.
Today when we started trying to add users to our server (we use it only for afp access at this time), we noticed that new users belonging to a group "storage" were unable to login from client machines via afp (clients both 10.7.2 and 10.6.8). Â
When we tried editing the users accounts to change which groups they belonged to, it would appear in workgroup (and server preferences) that the changes would take but there was still no access.Â
As a test case, we modified an existing user who had no issues logging in to belong to a diffenent group and have different sharepoint access. The changes looked good in workgroup and server prefs, but when the user logged in, he was only able to acces his old sharepoint and not the new one (and since his permissions to the old were removed, he shouldn't have access to that sharepoint).Â
Also, for some reason users cannot be deleted within workgroup manager any more. The login used was the diradmin account.
I am currently am MBA student and must create projects using power point/ keynote, very often. Many of the power points/ keynotes created by students are informative but lack the ability to hold an audienceâ€™s attention (boring). Since I have this wonderful Macbook pro, I would like to create a dynamic keynote presentation which would include clips of audio and video files (I already know about converting keynote to power point). The only problem is, the videos I want to use in the keynote presentation are not able to be manipulated in iMovie (due to their format), and if they where able to be manipulated in iMovie, Iâ€™m not sure that PC users would be able to properly view them.
What video format (including embedded audio) is able to be viewed and heard by both OSX Lion users and Windows users?Â Â If this is possible, can anyone suggest a safe application that I can purchase from the apple app store that will allow me to convert video files (including embedded audio) so that it can be viewed by both Lion and PC users? Preferably one that does not need access to the internet in order to convert the files ( Iâ€™m on the go allot and use an air card for internet access), but I will take it if this is the best option.Â If the app store does not have this type of application, is there a place that I can download a safe one?Â
I was unsure where to post this as it could be either OSX or hardware that is the problem. I am currently unable to shutdown my 2008 Alu iMac. Everytime I shut it down, it restarts instead.
After a little bit of searching the forums/google, I understand that this may be something to do with a driver or application that is refusing to close properly - but have no idea how to try and identify what may be causing it.
I have a question about an impending migration that I'm going to have to do. I'm looking at getting a new iMac, and I want to transfer my data over to it. The problem is that I originally partitioned my current iMac's internal hard disk and moved my Users folder to the secondary partition. So currently: Partition 1: Snow Leopard (and assorted system files), 54.9 GB Max Capacity Partition 2: Ozmosis (Users folder and all my data--photos, music, etc.) 445.41 GB Max Capacity
If I want to use the Migration Assistant on my new iMac, do I have to get rid of my secondary partition and move my Users folder back to the sole Snow Leopard partition? Obviously you can see my problem, being that my Snow Leopard partition only has 55 GB of storage, and I have well over that in my Users folder. What about Time Machine? Will Time Machine know to back-up my Users folder even though it's on a completely different partition? If it's smart enough to back both partitions up (which I don't think it'll do), will it restore it on my new iMac with only one partition?
I am new to the iMac world. I have been a life long PC user. My question is, on my old PC I could make a file hidden by right clicking on it and checking the hidden box. Is there a way to make a file hidden on a Mac? I am always working on projects that I don't want my roommates to see. They always steal my ideas and work. I have the new 27" iMac with Snow Leopard.
I really want to jump on the i5/i7 27" band wagon, and I'd be grateful to hear from other Photoshop CS5/Lightroom 3 users who have received their new units. What configuration did you choose, and how do these two programs respond to the new system?
I'm currently running them (along with various PS plugins) on a March 2009 Core 2 Duo iMac and would like to know if the speed increase with an i5 or i7 would justify an upgrade.
I have my iMac scheduled to shut down everyday at 12:30 am. Sometimes it will shut down and sometimes it won't. I've only had my iMac for about a month, but am I missing something here? Why won't it shut down automatically.
I had it scheduled to shut down at 12:30am, and I was already asleep. I woke up about 3am to get a glass of water and I checked my iMac and I was able to wake it up. What am I doing wrong, why won't it auto shut down?
i have an imac with 500gb hdd 3.06 ghz and 4gb ram, im running os x 10.6.4 snow leopard. every time i go to shut down the whole computer freezes i cant click anything, all i see is the wallpaper and nothing is running when i click shut down.
My iMac won't shut down completely any more.It gets to a white screen and then freezes, and I have to hold down the power button to get it to shut down.I have also been getting intermittent kernel panics, maybe one every 3 or 4 days.I went through all of the troubleshooting steps to try and figure out the cause, with no luck. Did a new install of Lion and everything seemed OK for a few days, and then started having problems with programs not responding, not being able to shut down, and now getting kernel panics again.Considering completly formatting the drive and starting fresh with everything, but not sure if that would solve the problem either.
I'm a new iMac user i recently purchased one. But i am having a small problem with it everytime i leave for about five minutes it logs me out i dont understand why it does this. This time it made me very mad i was typing a word document and i left just for five minutes when i came back it was logged out and i lost my word domument.