OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Startup Goes To Grey Screen With Apple?

Jun 16, 2012

MacBook 10.6.8 startup goes to grey screen with apple, wheel and progress bar, and takes 5 minutes. This started only recently. What might be wrong?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Grey Screen Startup Due To Path Monitoring?

Feb 2, 2012

I have a mac pro running 10.6.6. Occaisionally startup gets stuck at a grey screen and requires a hard reboot or two. I've not found any correlation between what is plugged into the mac or not plugged in and the successful or unsuccessful startup. It just appears random. I've begun studying the console for anything that might indicate what's going on when this happens. One thing I notice is the following line: 2/2/12 8:37:31 AMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[134](com.apple.FolderActions.folders) Path monitoring failed on "/Volumes/LittleWet_02/SFX_aiff": No such file or directory 

This line was the last line in the console before the hard reboot a few times, suggesting it might be the culprit. The volume it is looking for is an external HD that was connected to this computer once almost a year ago and never again. I can't determine what startup process is looking for that SFX_aiff directory, or why. Is there any way to tell this system to cease looking for that volume upon startup?  

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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MacBook Pro :: Snow Leopard Startup Freezes At Grey Screen?

Mar 15, 2012

My Snow leopard machine hangs during startup at the screen with the Grey Apple logo.  It appears there is a SW issue with my OS X boot partition.  Here are facts I have learned:The computer boots fine if I hold option at startup and select my boot camp partitionThe compute boots fine if I attach an external HD with OS X 10.6Running a disk repair from the external HD, I see the following two issues that are repaired.  Also, note the last line about boot partitionsAfter this disk repair, the disk will still not boot, it hangs at the Grey Apple logo.Booting in safe mode does not resolve the issue, the machine will still not boot to a desktopBooting in Verbose mode, drivers initialize with the last succesful line being the ethernet drives (I believe) and then the hangup occurs.  It is unclear what state the boot process is at on the hangup. 

This situation has happen twice in the past few weeks.  The first time I did a reinstall of OS X to resolve the issue.  Then, the issue appeared again approximately two weeks later.  I'm hoping to avoid a second reinstall (And really, avoid this issue in the future).  It seems perhaps something in the boot partition table or the OS partition, although disk utility says the partition is fine.  I have downloaded Test Disk 6.13 to look at the partition table, but I don't know how to interpret the outputs of that program.   

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Kernel Panics On Startup - Won't Get Past Grey Screen?

Jun 21, 2012

So out of nowhere my unibody MBP (specs, etc below) locked up yesterday while I was watching a video using VLC.  It stopped responding to anything so I held down the power button until it turned off.  I waited about 10 minutes and turned it back on.  Grey screen with spinning cog showed up for about a minute and then kernel panic.  Held down power button until it turned off.  Tried repeatedly - same results.  Won't boot into Safe Mode - still get a kernel panic everytime.  It will let me boot the machine into Target Disk Mode.  It will boot from my Snow Leopard install disk where I ran Disk Utility and "repaired disk" and "repaired disk permissions" on both the drive and the volume.  All the "repair disk" and "repair disk permissions" ended with messages in green type saying that the disk/permissions appear to be OK. 

I have an external FW drive used for TM backups for the machine.  A fair amount of data has been added since the last TM backup (which was less than 30 days ago) that, ideally, I'd like to not lose by resorting to restoring from a TM backup.  It's not the end of the world if the last (roughly) 30 days of data/changes ends up being lost, but I'm willing to work on getting it back up and running without doing an erase and install and then restoring from a TM backup if at all possible. 

Definitely if any other information or data is needed from me in order for anyone to assist, please let me know what it is and I'll do my best to provide it. 

Hardware Overview:Model Name: MacBook ProModel Identifier: MacBookPro5,1Processor Name: Intel Core 2 DuoProcessor Speed: 2.66 GHzNumber of Processors: 1Total Number Of Cores: 2L2 Cache: 6 MBMemory: 4 GBBus Speed: 1.07 GHzBoot ROM Version: MBP51.007E.B06SMC Version (system): 1.41f2 


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OS X :: Cannot Get Past Grey Apple Screen On Startup

Aug 25, 2009

I am having trouble with my macbook: It wont load past the Grey apple start up screen with the spining gears, iv done Zapp on the PRAM, iv run ""/sbin/fsck -fy"". And I am now starting in Verbose mode, but its taking AGES, it must be loading for an hour now, its showing "Neb-computer /System/library/coreservices/loginwindow.app/contenst/MacOS/loginwindow: Login window Application started (Over and over and over again). I don't have an install disk.

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OS X :: Unable To Boot System / Grey Screen With Apple Logo At Startup

Jan 12, 2011

I own an iBook G4. I could not get it to boot up, it would just go to a grey screen with the apple symbol and a timer/clock that looked like a gear.FYI: I may provide more information than necessary in the text below. I'm not sure what is and isn't relevant.

Following some advice I found in this forum I got out my old OS disks to boot from the disc instead of the hard drive. I intended to archive the old hard drive and install my latest OS (10.4.6 on the disc, 10.4.11 was the version I had been running on the machine, I believe). The machine told me it needed 4.5 Gb to install 10.4.6 Tiger, but I only had 4.0 Gb left on the hard drive. So instead, I archived and installed with the OS that came with the computer originally, 10.3.4.

I got things going, did the archive and install, and got to the log in screen. Unfortunately, I could not remember the password, so I booted up in single user mode, and entered the following to get into the machine:

1. mount -uw /
2. rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
3. shutdown -h now

This got me in with a new admin login, and I started up in 10.3.4. I soon noticed that I could still see all of the files that I put on the hard drive on my old operating system. I thought I shouldn't be able to see them, but since I could I decided to try to copy them to an external hard drive. When I did, I got an error message saying that there was a read/write error. I was not entirely surprised, but I decided it was time to turn back to the forums for help.

What I want to do is copy everything from my old hard drive onto an external hard drive, make room on the iBook hard drive to reinstall my latest operating system (10.4.6). Once I've done that I'd like to get the essential files back onto the iBook from the external hard drive and continue using my computer (even though it is a dinosaur).

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MacBook :: Stuck At Grey Apple Screen / Login Window At Startup?

May 9, 2012

recently a friend of mine offered to update my 2009 MacBook to Mac osx Lion. when I received the computer back from him, it required a rather large update that has put my MacBook in a terrible state.  

upon rebooting from the update, it froze at the grey Apple loading screen, and of course I thought nothing of it and gave it a little restart. Since then I cannot get it past the grey screen or the login window. it seems as though I cannot type in my password or click 'sleep' or any option the window gives me. I've been working on this issue all day, and I've tried countless things from the apple support community, with no avail.  

I've tried clearing the cache, I've tried safe mode, I've tried the command+option+control+enter trick on the login page, I'm even trying to boot from the install disc my friend gave me...and it's just refusing to move past the grey screen.  

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Jun 26, 2014

I have a MacBook Pro from 2010 I believe with iOS Maverick installed. (MacKeeper is also on there, which I just found out is apparently malware) 

So three days ago I was watching Netflix, the image froze, but the audio kept going. Figured my internet was slow, so I waited a little, nothing happened. pressed escape to leave the full screen mode, but nothing happened. None of the keys would do anything, not even the sound or brightness keys. So I did a force shut down by holding down the power button. 

I waited a little, then decided to turn it back on. Start up sound played, white screen with grey apple logo and loading gear appeared together with a grey loading bar. I figured that this meant it had to repair something. But after about a minute or two it just went to a black screen/ shut down. I left it off for a day, tried it again, same thing. Next day I tried booting it up while holding the shift key to do the safe boot (I knew it wouldn't work since I already had the grey loading bar anyways), same thing happened. 

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Laptops :: Unable To Complete Startup / Grey Screen With Apple And Spinning Wheel Appears

Jul 24, 2010

Hi all, I have two Powerbook G4 laptops. Both have very similar problems. When I try to start up, the grey screen with the apple and spinning wheel appears, but I can't get beyond that. If I walk away for an hour, when I come back there will still be a grey screen with apple and spinning wheel.

I admit I know little about this sort of thing, so I began poking around online for solutions. I tried Tech Tool Deluxe. Inserted the disk and held down "C," but again it never progressed beyond the grey screen with apple and spinning wheel. Most frustrating. Is there any other way of running the disk with the laptop?

Entering the terminal yielded slightly different results on each machine.

Powerbook #1: Once in terminal I typed...

/sbin/fsck -fy

...response was...

disk0s10: I/O error.
Invalid Key Length
(4, 44890)
** Volume check failed

...tried /sbin/fsck -fy over and over, always received the same results.

Powerbook #2: Once in terminal, this appears...

jnl: update_fs_block: failed to update block 1073777488 (ret 5)
jnl: journal_open: Error replaying the journal!
hfs: early jnl init: failed to open/create the journal (retval 0)

...and it won't even let me type /sbin/fsck -fy.

I tried plugging both latops into my desktop in target mode. In both cases the target icon appeared on the laptop screen but the hard drive icon never appeared on the desktop screen. I would love to at least retrieve a few files off each machine, if nothing else.

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OS X :: Mbp Snow Leopard Freezes On Grey Screen?

Nov 1, 2009

I have had a string of bad luck with my mac, a couple of days ago the screen started flickering and my mac froze (could still move trackpad mouse, not click). It started up fine again.. It did this a couple times more (had to restart pressing power button). Then it froze evereytime I put the power cable in it. I solved this problem with an PRAM reset.

But now it still freezes up, the screen will start flickering and i can only move the mouse. When i try to reboot it gets stuck on the grey screen. only once every 20 times Ill get into the os.

I have tried a pram reset, holding the power button, safe mode, hardware test (no probs found), starting up without external devices.

It wont boot from the cd if it is stuck on the grey screen...

Could someone may be tell me what to do? thinking about bringing it to the store tomorrow .

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Apr 26, 2012

My  MBP(#1) is stuck in grey screen.  I've tried 4 or 5 of the steps suggested to get the computer to boot up.  I used Target Disk Mode to copy hard disk files to my other MBP(#2), then inserted the Mac OSX install disk, then turned off the MBP(#1) and restarted with the C key held down.  Instead of getting the OSX installation, it remained grey and gave me repeating 3-beeping sounds.  What does this mean?

Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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Aug 29, 2009

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Intel Mac :: It Has Snow Leopard And Does Not Boot Has Grey Screen

May 20, 2012

IMac has snow leopard and does not boot has grey screen

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Mar 24, 2012

What does a grey screen with a flashing globe icons mean?

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PowerPC :: Mac G4 Running Leopard Has "Grey Screen" On Startup

Aug 10, 2009

This morning, my G4 refused to start up as usual. Instead, I got a grey screen. Here's what I've tried so far and the results: Action: Started from DVD Install disk for Leopard to try an archive and install. Result: No hard drive was recognized for an install, archive and install, or erase and install, i.e., no drives appeared at all in the "Select a Destination" window, just empty white space. Action: Attempted safe boot (Command + Shift + V) Result: Flashing Globe Action: "Repair Disk" from Disk Utilities after starting from DVD Install disk for Leopard.

Result: Received "First Aid Failed" message. Error message read: "Catalog file entry not found for extent. Volume check failed." I can't even get it to eject the install disk (the "eject" key does nothing and there's no manual eject button for this Power Mac). This is a work computer and not having it functional is pretty hobbling so.

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Intel Mac :: 24" Always Turns Off At Grey Screen In Less Than A Minute, Can't Load Snow Leopard To New HDD

May 25, 2012

I put a new hard drive into my iMac 24". I could not install OS X because every time I turned the machine on it would shut down in less than a minute at the grey screen and Apple logo - whether the disk was in the slot or not. I finally was able to install Snow Leopard via firewire from a Macbook Pro. It runs fine - but I can only access the iMac Snow Leopard installation from the Macbook Pro. When I turn on the iMac, it still shuts down every time. The new drive was formatted with the Disk Utility as an external drive - since I couldn't get to it while it was in the iMac. My Snow Leopard disk was a full version, not an upgrade.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Imac Stays At Grey Screen When Usb External Hard Drive Is Connected?

Mar 7, 2012

I have a HITACHI touro desk 3TB external hard dive connected to my iMac OS X version 10.6.8 Every time i start up the system it stays on a grey screen until I unplug the usb of the external hard drive then the system boots up normally. I have tried connecting different usb cables, plug in to different usb ports, and nothing works. I have other external hard drives and they don't give me any problems. is a pain plugging and unplugging the usb cable.  

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Apr 4, 2012

I have a Mac Pro that is stuck at the grey startup screen. Grey apple, spinning wheel. I let it spin for about half an hour and then went on to try other things. Every attempt still leaves me stuck at the spinning grey wheel.

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Nov 27, 2009

Went to the Apple store, explained my problem and they brought out a new iMac for me. Did a retail swap instead of going through the Genuis Bar. I'm so happy =) =) Got a brand new iMac. This time, I disk Disk Check right away, and it says hard drive appears to be OK. No grey progress bar anymore! The problem was probably b/c the hard drive was defective. It had nothing to do with the unsafe shutdown, or pressing shift, etc...

I have a iMac 27'.. Purchased it 2 weeks ago.

I think I did an unsafe shutdown.. Or I pressed "shift" while booting, or something.. Idk and I also have WinXP installed on BootCamp. However for some reason now every time I startup my Mac, it loads with the grey Apple horizontal progress bar with a little loading animation on top. It's so annoying. This didn't happen after no firmware upgrade or anything. And I don't have any extra hard drives attached. Nothing. Everything is fine. Everything used to work. Even with BootCamp before. I think this happened after an unsafe shutdown or something. And also, my Mac has over 500GB free space still, so that's not an issue.

The progress bar at startup Takes 5-6 min extra to boot up. After it, the Mac OS X loads and everything is fine but that's not what my problem is. My problem is why should I be getting the stupid progress bar EVERYTHING I load my Mac?

I tried booting with installation disk, then going to Disk Utility but NOTHING. I click repair, and after 5 mins some error pops up saying backup your files when you can then reformat the disk.

Oh btw, Anytime I click Repair Disk it goes, then says: Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required. And after that it says: "Disk Utility stopped repairing "MY DISK NAME HERE". Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backend-up files.

Maybe the hard drive is damaged or defective.

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May 9, 2012

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Jan 31, 2012

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