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boots up, starts spinning color wheel with any operation

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macbook pro boots up, appears to be fine, but then whatever app i choose next, it just freezes up, cursor color wheel spins ... i have to press power on-off to shut down...

was operating fine the day before
any tips welcome
15.5 inch macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • iVmichael Level 6 Level 6 (13,725 points)
    First thing to try is Boot from your install DVD (hold c) then run Disc Utility from the top menu bar and Repair Permissions.

    2.4 Ghz 15" 4GB RAM 500GB/7200 Unibody MBP; iPods, iPhones, AppleTV, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    In addition to iVmichael's recommendation, here a couple of other suggestions:

    1.) Start up the computer in safe mode. (
    2.) Try making a new user in safe mode, restart normally and try to login as that new user

    Was a software update recently installed? Was anything recently deleted from the computer?
    13" MacBook Pro (2.4GHz/4GB/250), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Fisherman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a very similar problem. I created a new user account and am not experiencing the great ball of death.

    What would my troubleshooting be so that I can go to my old user? thnx
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Dup /4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • joeuu Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
    You really should start your own thread for your specific issue.

    Having said that, what you have done is to pretty much rule out anything on the computer/hardware side of the equation and put the onus on software, drivers, plug-ins, etc., things specific to that user. Look at your start up items first.

    17"MBP 5,2 2.8gHz 500gB 4gB 10.6.4; 13" MBP 5,5 2.26gHz 150gB 2gB 10.6.4;iPad, Time Capsule. Newton in the closet. SE 30 in the Garage.


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