Couple of things it might br...
Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), use Disk Utility from there to Repair Permissions, test if things work OK in Safe Mode.
Then move these files to the Desktop...
Reboot & test.
PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.
Have you done a PRAM reset, CMD+Option+p+r...
Take the time todo 3 in a row.
Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)...
i need your help. i entered safe boot and verified/reparied permisions. all was well, but i am unable to boot into safe mode. i've shut down my computer, waited a few moments, powered it on and immediatly hit and held the shift key, i would wait until i see the spinning gear icon and i would let go, but it wont go into safe mode. am i doing it wrong?
so i am unable to enter safe mode, is this an issue? my comp doesnt lag or anything when i hold shift key, it just doesnt pop up the login screen with the "safe mode" logo on it. it just starts up as if it was a normal restart. last night i did a command r when my mac made that tone sound start up, i repaired permissions and now my screen saver activates at the usual 2 min. so my prob is sort of fixed, but if being unable to enter safe mode is another issue, please give me any ideas you may have as to why its not entering it.
safe boot and safe mode are different, no?
Sort of interchangeable, but Safe Boot is the action that gets you into a state of Safe Mode.
so i am unable to enter safe mode, is this an issue?
Hmmm, it sounds like it isn't seeing the SGIFT key during the attempt.
Good work on the CMD+r fix, that should suffice.
Is it a Wifi or Wired KB? does it have another SHIFT key to try?
Safe Boot without KB...
Advanced: If you can't Safe Boot with a keyboard
If for some reason you can't use the keyboard method to start in Safe Mode (the keyboard is missing or not working, for example), and you already have remote access to the computer, you can configure the computer to startup in Safe Mode via its command line
- Access the command line by either opening Terminal remotely, or by logging into the computer from another via SSH. (or in your case from your computer just using Terminal).
- Execute the following command in Terminal or on the command line:
- sudo nvram boot-args="-x"
(If you want to start in Verbose mode as well, use
- sudo nvram boot-args="-x -v"
- instead )
- After using Safe Boot, to return to a normal startup, execute this command in Terminal or the command line:
- sudo nvram boot-args=""