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Is progress bar on startup normal?

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Photo23 Calculating status...
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Jul 27, 2011 7:34 AM

During startup after a complete shutdown, a progress bar appears while files are loading.  Is this normal for Lion?  Did not see it in Leopard.  Curious because two things happen during startup: automatic login does not work (minor issue) and monitor resolution defaults to highest resolution rather than resolution set in Preferences.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • federicoabu Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 11:36 AM (in response to Photo23)

    It's a bug of Lion. The same is happening to me. After turning off the computer, the gray bar appears and the login screen. Then i don´t have wifi or bootcamp partition. I have to reboot. I hope Apple fix it soon.

  • joseeneassilva Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:25 PM (in response to Photo23)

    Last time I saw that progress bar on my MacBook I discovered that my hard drive had some issue and I had to run disk utility to repair it - and it happen back with Snow Leopard.


    So, my guess is that Lion uses the same approach: the progress bar is not a bug, instead it is a clue that you should run Disk Utility, and for that matter you need to boot from other disk than your primary HD (try Command-R when booting and select Disk Utility after the system goes up).


    I hope this would help.

  • jbcfan05 Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:50 PM (in response to Photo23)

    I'm having the same issue. I have a brand new iMac that I bought just last week and did the up-to-date program to lion and I have the same progress bar everytime I completly shutdown and start back up. On top of all the problems listed above. iTunes won't load album covers. I always have to restart my computer to get everything working right. Anyone find a solution yet?

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    Jul 30, 2011 7:05 AM (in response to Photo23)

    I just purchased my iMac a couple of weeks ago and installed Lion.  The  progress bar has appeared on at least 6 occassions and after finally opening, I llose my Wi-Fi connection and I have to re-boot.  It then works perfectly.  After each failure I repair my disc permissions.  I don't think it is a HD problem, as when the iMac had Snow Leopard (installed on the iMac) this problem never occured.  What gives Apple???

  • federicoabu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 30, 2011 9:29 AM (in response to benjikan)

    I think we should wait for an update, i can´t find any solution yet. i´m trying to turn on first the bluetooth devices, turn it on after, unistall programs that run in the startup, etc. greetings

  • benjikan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 30, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to federicoabu)

    If I turn my wireless Mouse and Keyboard on only after the system is booted up, I haven't a problem.  If I start up my Keyboard before booting up the problem has occured.,It is not systematic though.

  • tasador Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2011 3:31 AM (in response to Photo23)

    Same issue here after upgrading my iMac 2010 from SL to Lion:

    - need to login after startup from poweroff (although automatic login is configured)

    - bad video performance (choppy refresh when swiping through desktops/full screen apps

    - some websites behave not correctly (not loading, wierd stuff, ...)


    After restart everything is back to normal.


    I already tried to reconfigure automatic login, but no luck.

  • mac.taych Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2011 7:49 PM (in response to Photo23)

    i have the same issue.

    when boot up till login screen with account selection, top menu bar will showing battery status (%), time and wifi status. If i see wifi status icon is hollow triangle, i know that after login my top menu bar gonna missing all icon (sync, time, bluetooth).

    after restart the machine and see wifi icon with 4 bars, everything will be fine after login.


    now everytime i boot the machine need restart once in order to get working top menu bar.

    btw i installed istat & dropbox apps but unlikely caused by them.

    hopefully next Lion update will solve this small issue and i really like new Lion interface.

  • tasador Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 7, 2011 2:01 AM (in response to benjikan)

    I've tried out your workaround by enabling keyboard/mouse after startup and so far, the problem didn't occur anymore in my case.

  • federicoabu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2011 5:37 AM (in response to tasador)

    I think the error appears when turn on the bluethooth devices while the So is loading

  • Prax_ Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2011 1:06 AM (in response to federicoabu)

    Same problem for me on my iMac mid 2011 with Lion.

    If I turn on the mouse and keyboard just after booting the problem does not occur.

    However, I noticed some instability on bluetoooh and wifi.

    Will be a software problem or hardware problem?

  • federicoabu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 17, 2011 7:06 AM (in response to Prax_)

    Software, sure. In SL this inestability does not occur. Anybody knows if the 1.7.1 update solve this issue?

  • Prax_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 7, 2011 12:58 PM (in response to federicoabu)

    No, I have the 10.7.1 and the issue is present.

  • nighthawk101 Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 5:39 AM (in response to Photo23)

    I'm also experiencing this problem:


    During startup a progress bar is displayed and I'm taken to a log-in screen. If I continue without a restart the iMac is extremely sluggish and the updated graphics scroll. A restart fixes all these problems however this problem persists no matter whether the drive has been checked and I log out with or without the restore option.


    I have updated to 10.7.2 and the problem still persists.

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