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What is happening to the screen of my Macbook Pro?

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Frannymcfanny Calculating status...
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May 7, 2012 5:45 PM

This screen has popped up twice.




What does this mean? What is happening to my computer? Also, the "System Profiler" and "achieve utility" keep popping up on my dock.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)

    Your picture is too small for anyone to see what's in it.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)

    That's the normal login screen. You are being asked to log into your computer so you can use it -- a perfectly normal occurrence. If you aren't used to seeing this screen every time you turn the computer on, perhaps you've been using the automatic login option in System Preferences > Accounts up to now. You may want to check and see whether or not that's enabled, and enable it if you have no concerns about other people having access to your computer.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)

    It's normal for that screen to appear when your machine is started up from a shutdown, and it's normal for that screen to appear upon waking from sleep if you've set your system preferences to require a password on wake. If it's appearing at other times, tell us exactly the circumstances under which it appears.


    It has nothing to do with any icons in your Dock.


    If you give other people unrestricted access to your Mac, they can do whatever they like with or to it.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Frannymcfanny wrote:


    I've never give information about about my computer. I am just worred someone hacked my gmail then hacked my computer and iphone. Is this a possibility or am I just being irrational.

    Partly irrational about the hacking. Although that doesn't mean your GMail account can't be or isn't now hacked but for it to carry over to your phone or computer is impossible unless you did something, you took some action, that allowed it to happen.


    As to the Login screen just showing up that is not normal. Not unless for some reason your system Re-Booted itself because of some problem. Or you made some change to your system to call for the Login screen after it goes to sleep and then you wake it up.


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