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JadeIIII Level 1 (20 points)

My 2011 17" MBP won't  with OS X Lion won't start up in safe mode...


Anyone else experience this problem?




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2011 17" MBP with 8 Gigs of Ram
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Hi David ..


    I've yet to have a problem booting in Safe Mode on my Mac running v10.7 Lion.


    If you are having problems with your Mac try using Lion Recovery.


    Keep mind that a Safe Mode boot can take much longer than a normal boot before your see the startup window or desktop.

  • Courcoul Level 6 (12,977 points)

    Carolyn Samit wrote:


    Keep mind that a Safe Mode boot can take much longer than a normal boot before your see the startup window or desktop.

    Special emphasis on the word MUCH. Since Safe Mode does lots of maintenance items such as purging old caches, verifying the disk and such, the fuller the disk is or the more time has elapsed since the last Repair Disk operation on Disk Utility, the longer Safe Mode will take to start. I once saw it take over 10 minutes on a particularly abandoned Mac.

  • JadeIIII Level 1 (20 points)

    Thanks...  Yeah, I've already tried all of that (Lion Recovery, Repairing the Disk & Permissions, etc.)

    10 Minutes would be fine.  Mine sits there for 2 hours still booting up in safe mode...



  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    Follow the steps here


    Step by Step to fix your Mac



    If nothing works, you might have to do this


    Create a data recovery, undelete boot drive



    before you do #18 or #20

  • JadeIIII Level 1 (20 points)

    Thanks!   I did read the "Step by Step" over the weekend, but I've tried most of those steps.  I CAN log into my account regularly, but It seems like my computer stops responding, crashes, etc. a lot--Forcing me to do a hard shut down and restart.  So, I am trying to restart in SAFE Mode in order to fix some of these issues...

  • S_D_P Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the exact same problems! Any resolution?

  • jeannie61 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have exactly the same problem. Has anybody found a fix for this? Or does it really need three to five hours to start in safe mode?

  • kikemolina Level 1 (0 points)

    I have exactly the same problem.

  • Cerniuk Level 1 (10 points)

    Same issue Mac OS X 10.8.1


    Boot normal, runs ok but not great, lots of app crashes


    Boot into safe mode stalls at about 25% progress bar. Left over night, 6 hrs, same place where it was left. Not exactly "slow", but "glacial" if not hung. Must be hung.


    Ran disk repair from boot thumb drive, drive shows 100% ok. Ran disk repair on partition, 100% ok


    Reboot to safe mode, hang


    Ran install (reinstall) from 10.8 boot thumb drive, installed fine, updated fine to 10.8.1.


    Reboot into safe mode, hang


    Created new account, moved all data and settings by hand, set all privs by hand (what a pain).


    Reboot into safe mode, hang


    Reset parameter ram , 3 times to catch extended pram.


    Reboot into safe mode, hang

  • McThing Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here. Safe boot gets about 25 to 30% across the progress bar and hangs.


    I've tried disk repair, permissions, reinstalling the OS (10.8.2) via the rescue partition, disconnecting all periferals, etc.


    Nothing works.

  • PhilChris Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem as everyone else - won't boot up in safe mode (Lion OS), hangs about 1/3 of way through progress bar. I'm also having a problem with Time Machine, which has started to crawl so slowly it's unusable. That's why I wanted to try safe mode. Wonder if the two are related.

  • QuinnTM Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the exact same problem.  I even reinstalled the OS from recovery, but the problem still exists.  Having an issue with Avid HD Native, which suggested booting up in safe mode to help resolve its issues.  So, I'm actually getting hammered on multiple sides with this... and the clock keeps ticking...

  • TCDetroit Level 1 (0 points)

    Any Movement on this? Does apple have a clue.

    Tried different disks and installs.

    Dual 6 Core 2010 5,1 12GB factory memory.

  • radracer Level 1 (0 points)

    Still no updates on this thread?


    Getting 10.8.2 to hang in the same spot every time in safe mode.  Normal boot works like a charm. 

    About to re-install everything on another drive and see what happens.  Really annoying. 

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