Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to ruby*rocket)
This sounds like a Kernel Panic. Something may have gotten corrupted in the installation. You can get more informattion by going to the Console application in Applications>Utilities. It is best to clear all the messages before you try another normal start then go to Console and look at the messages related to the time you started.
You can post the text (not a screen shot) here and this will help the community troubleshoot the issue.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to ruby*rocket)
thanks for the swift replies, I cleared the console as instructed shut everything down then restarted.... All fine! started up ok so shut down again & tried it a second time & all ok again but then my mail had a wibble but thats ok again so not sure if the issue has resolved it's self or now I want it to do it won't! lol
As for the checking the startup disk settings I've checked that all appears to be in order.
If it happens again I'll check back with what the console comes up with & take it from there I guess.
is rather bizarre tho :-S
Thanks again guys
Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2012 12:51 PM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Today I was installing Mountain Lion and when 10min remained it froze. I had to hold the power button and power off the Mac because not even the trackpad was responding. When I powered on the installer opened and I tried to install it again (no more Lion, as soon as I power the mac I get the ML installer); so as I had this problem I decided to take it to the Apple store to have it checked, in 48hs they will phone me.
MacbookPro mid 2012 13''
Currently Being ModeratedJul 30, 2012 12:35 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Similar if not the very same issue with my late 2009 iMac since upgrading to Mountain Lion.
First time I've seen actual script - DOS-like text (well, Linux or UNIX or whatever it is) that only seems to appear from a cold boot.
First time this happened I held down the power button until the system restarted.
Second time around - and from a cold boot - I entered "/exit" at the prompt and the system appears to have continuted the boot process.
Someone in another post added the following:
Open console in Applications>Utilities, check the system log for the date/time of the last problem startup for clues.
...but from this I still coudn't see where the error lies. :/
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2012 4:19 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Sorry its taken me a fews day to get back, well as it stands the situation is still the same!
Heres what I've done so far:
reset the PRAM - no joy
reset the SMC - no joy
ran the disk repair in recovery - no joy
repaired disk permissions in recovery - no joy
reinstalled mountain lion - no joy
but I think I've narrowed down the problem from the log console, it would appear that my imac is automactially booting into single-user mode.... see below.
01/08/2012 12:03:00.706 com.apple.launchd: *** launchd has started up in single-user mode. ***
01/08/2012 12:03:00.709 com.apple.launchd: *** Verbose boot, will log to /dev/console. ***
01/08/2012 12:03:00.712 com.apple.launchd: *** Shutdown logging is enabled. ***
any ideas on how to rectify this would be great please...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2012 4:51 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
this is whats shown in the log console when it boots normally
01/08/2012 12:44:48.675 com.apple.launchd: *** launchd has started up. ***
01/08/2012 12:44:48.675 com.apple.launchd: *** Shutdown logging is enabled. ***
so definately think the single user mode is the issue just don't know how on eart to fix it!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Hey guys, I have exactly the same problem with my MBP late 08. I'm freaking out... I tried everything just like ruby*rocket and had no luck... it always boots (cold boot) in the single-user mode. If I restart the MBP everything works fine but if I turn it of and wait for 2-3 mins it will enter the s-m while booting. It's really frustrating!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2012 9:59 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
I've been on the phone to apple most of the day trying to get this problem sorted but still no luck, the apple tech was just as bamboozled as me! In work now so looks like tomorrow is gonna be another wasted day stuck on the telephone trying to get this fixed.
I'm really not a happy bunny I've always had faith Apple but this has left me feeling like I'm back in the old microsoft days :-(
Come on apple sort this out!!!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2012 11:57 PM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Bad news... I tried to downgrade to 10.7.4 and it worked so far but the issue with booting in single-user-mode still exists.
I seems like Mountain Lion did something terribly wrong to my computer! I really don't know what to do. Somebody said that OnyX woult help but it didn't - I tried it with 10.8 and 10.7.4.
Does anyone of you have an idea or new information? I didn't call apple because I think that the guys at the phone don't have a clue what I'm talking about...
Anyway - typing "exit" or "reboot" in the singleusermode helps and the system starts normal - but it first boots automatically in the singleusermode - that's really annoying!
greetings from germany...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
I had this problem, which was temporarily cured by resetting the PRAM i.e. it would cold boot fine once or twice, then return. I noticed in the black screen at shutdown that Sophus Anti-Virus was somehow related. I removed it from login items and the problem remained, so I just completely uninstalled it using the Sophus uninstall programme. This appears to have cured the problem for now. I've since seen that a similar problem was being caused by some other anti-virus software too. I'll be installing something simple, like Virex, now.
Hope this helps.
(Note that I've replied with the same comment to various similar questions.)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2012 2:41 AM (in response to ruby*rocket)
Hey, I acually don't have anything like sophos installed - so this can't be the reason for my problem
@seamuswarren: I already tried downgrading to 10.7.4 (latest Lion version) and the problem was still there because mountain lion changed something in the booting-process which can't be downgraded so far...
It seems like we are trapped at the moment...