Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2011 6:56 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Log files not all that big. I was seeing some entries for MacKeeper which I didn't think I had installed, but I ran a script to remove it. My log is capped at 4000 entries.
The chronology of all of this is:
Problems dismounting external drives. Icon grays out, but computer complains if I unplug them. Only restart clears them.
On restart, computer hangs on blue screen with spinning progress icon. Left it over night last night and it still didn't restart. Another forced restart clears it up.
At start up, some apps loading on start up have very slow animation of splash screen graphic. Wireframe of border slowly steps out before loading graphic.
Mysterious filling up of hard drive. After restart from uninstalling MacKeeper the computer showed 125GB free (I've been deleting things like crazy since the computer kept filling up), and while Firefox was launching the hard drive filled up to 0% remaining. Firefox wasn't part of the problem. I only launched it to get to this forum. Hadn't been open when HD was filling up.
So far this morning the HD isn't filling up. Not sure if it is fixed yet. (Update, while typing this message the hard drive has filled up again).
Repaired permissions this morning. Nothing major spotted in the log.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2011 8:03 AM (in response to G. Ewald)
You may not have gotten all of MacKeeper. From an earlier post of mine:
I'd search for it using EasyFind. Enter "MacKeeper" and "Zeobit." Set EF to scan all files and folders, invisible, case insensitive, package contents. Search using boolean and phrase. It will probably do a more thorough job than Spotlight. If you can't "Destroy" from EF, use Reveal in Finder to trash and authenticate from there.
It is also known to install a Windows emulator called "wine;" search for that.
Also, look in the Keychain for anything MacKeeper or zeobit related, and for its cookies in your browser. When finished, empty the Trash and restart.
Somehow, as BDAqua suggested, I'm still suspecting it's the logs filling up with a constantly repeating message. Are there any other Users? Can you log in to those and see what's going on with those logs?
Permissons repair has nothing to do with this.
Get OmniDisk Sweeper. Run it logged in to all your users.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2011 12:57 PM (in response to G. Ewald)
If you can't log in in safe mode, but you can in unsafe mode, then you have major system corruption and should reinstall and then run Software Update. Then boot in safe mode and see whether you can reproduce the issue.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
WIll try tonight again. I might have been impatient at the log in stage. Thanks for the tip on OmniSweep. Found some sites selling it even though the author gives it away.