Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 12:32 AM (in response to Andy Geach)
Does this happen on all user accounts on the computer?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 12:38 AM (in response to RodneyW)
Yes - all users. That was another thing I tried - creating a brand new user, and yes, same behaviour on that new user too.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
Nothing at all - no sign of any activity. Nothing in Console logs.
I installed a new version of LittleSnitch today. At the end the installer tells you you need to restart, and it provides a restart button. Again nothing.
I've been restarting using Terminal command:
sudo shutdown -r nowMacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 3:48 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks for taking the time to reply - but I was looking for something less drastic. And I know how to re-install my system.
I would prefer to know whatever it is that's causing the issue; I'm guessing there's some conflict with some software or extension I have installed, I'd just like to know some other ways to track down its location.
No one has any other useful ideas?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 4:00 PM (in response to Andy Geach)
I'm guessing there's some conflict with some software or extension I have installed
You've ruled that out. The remaining possibilities are system corruption or a hardware fault. I suggest you rule out system corruption next.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2013 5:41 AM (in response to Andy Geach)
I finally fixed this, posting the solution here in case it helps anyone else
I downloaded OnyX, a very handy free application
Under Parameters > Login, there is a option marked "Turn off Restart, Shutdown, Logout". Mine was checked, so I unchecked it and restarted. Via command line as normal. Bingo! After restart, back to normal.
I guess there's a "sudo defaults write..." option to do/undo this but I couldn't find it. Must be very deep down as it survived a system re-install
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 6:01 PM (in response to Andy Geach)
Can't thank you enough for posting this solution. Been trying to figure this out now for months and literally tried everything. Who would have known it was just an Onyx setting?? Never had any idea this was checked and certainly never intended to do so. Props Andy.