Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to robertfromunited kingdom)
Just my initial impression: The bootups keep looking different. The first one looked really messed up. Just focusing on the last one, which took the least time of all, there seems to be a problem with the bootcamp partition, maybe the Sophos, which you should try uninstalling, and the Wacom, which would also need complete uninstalling.
Directions for uninstalling Sophos
Instead of doing all that and then finding out that not much has changed (the fact that the Java update got so screwed up seems to indicate a possible prior problem which that update exposed. That Java update shouldn't have caused a shutdown. There's really not all that much to it), I would go the reinstall route. This means simply running the 10.6 installer again. Nothing to erase first. You do this by inserting the 10.6 install DVD, the one that came with the Mac or the one you used to upgrade, in the optical drive and then restarting by pressing the C key. It will boot to the installer. It's kind of obvious what to do after that. It will take a while.
When finished, the first thing to do after restarting would be to apply the 10.6.8 Combo update. Get it first and put it on the Desktop before you do the reinstall, so you'll have it ready to go. I would advise doing the update from a Safe Boot, and also do a Permissions repair from Disk Utility (also in Utilities) while in Safe Boot, before and after the update. It will probably find a lot of things to repair. Then run the update, still in Safe Boot.
Booted back normally, open up Software Update and see what's needed now. I would advise running those updates one at a time, especially the ones that require a restart, even if this will be tedious. You may not have to run all of them at first.
If you open any older Applications (they will be PPC ones) that require Rosetta, you will be prompted to install that.
A reinstall will by default save all your third party programs and settings.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 6:40 PM (in response to WZZZ)
After looking through the logs again: From what I can tell, the bootup seems to become busy for over two minutes preoccupied with trying to mount the bootcamp partition, which ends in failure. The first boot, which I said looked really screwed up, wasn't actually screwed up. That was a Safe Boot and it was busy, among other things, loading only essential system items. A Safe Boot is much more time consuming than an ordinary boot.
I don't know if simply removing bootcamp will solve the problem. You might want to try that first before doing the reinstall; that is, if you haven't already.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 12:10 PM (in response to WZZZ)
may be a dat question but will reinstall remove the programs and fills on the system or just replace th operating system and leaev the rest as is
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to robertfromunited kingdom)
it will give you new system files, as of the version on the disc(that's why you need to update back to 10.6.8 afterward), where presumably the problem is, while keeping everything else in place.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to WZZZ)
ok will remove the boot camp tomorrow first and see what that does. if not will do the restore. thanks for the help. will let you know if it works.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 11:56 PM (in response to robertfromunited kingdom)
YESSSSSSSSS. Removed Bootcamp. Repaired permissions and rebooted. Took less than a minute to boot normally. Re booted a few times now and its working great. Thanks alot for your help.