2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 5:19 PM by Linc Davis
Thipa197 Level 1 (0 points)



my mac pro doesn't boot. it starts and ceases with a turning wheel (rainbow). any ideas how i can boot. safe boot works normally

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,691 points)

    The main difference between Safe Mode and regular is that Safe Mode loads the smallest possible set of extensions.


    If you have loaded your Mac up with third-party add-ons such as Anti-Virus programs (especially if you have installed more than one) it will boot in Safe Mode (with no extra extensions loaded). This is your opportunity to remove the Add-ons, using their Un-Installers.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,843 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.


    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It won’t solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.


    Third-party system modifications are a common cause of usability problems. By a “system modification,” I mean software that affects the operation of other software — potentially for the worse. The following procedure will help identify which such modifications you've installed. Don’t be alarmed by the complexity of these instructions — they’re easy to carry out and won’t change anything on your Mac.


    These steps are to be taken while booted in safe mode.


    Below are instructions to enter some UNIX shell commands. The commands are harmless, but they must be entered exactly as given in order to work. If you have doubts about the safety of the procedure suggested here, search this site for other discussions in which it’s been followed without any report of ill effects.


    The commands may line-wrap or scroll in your browser, but each one is really just a single line, all of which must be selected. You can accomplish this easily by triple-clicking anywhere in the line. The whole line will highlight, and you can then either copy or drag it. The headings “Step 1” and so on are not part of the commands.


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    When you launch Terminal, a text window will open with a line already in it, ending either in a dollar sign (“$”) or a percent sign (“%”). If you get the percent sign, enter “sh” and press return. You should then get a new line ending in a dollar sign.


    Step 1


    Triple-click the line of text below to select it. Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C). Then click anywhere in the Terminal window and paste (command-V).


    find /Sy*/L*/Ex* -type f -name Info.plist -exec sh -c '/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Print :CFBundleIdentifier" "$1" 2> /dev/null | egrep -qv "apple|Accusys|ArcMSR|ATTO|CalDigit|HighPoint|hp-fax|JMicron|print|SoftRAID|stex" && echo ${1%*.kext/*}.kext' {} {} \;


    Post the lines of output (if any) that appear below what you just entered (the text, please, not a screenshot.) You can omit the final line ending in “$”.


    Step 2


    Repeat with this line:


    ls -1A /e*/mach* {,/}L*/{Ad,Compon,Ex,Fram,In,Keyb,La,Mail/Bu,P*P,Priv,Qu,Scripti,Servi,Spo,Sta}* L*/Fonts 2> /dev/null


    Important: If you formerly synchronized with a MobileMe account, your me.com email address may appear in the output of the above command. If so, anonymize it before posting.


    Step 3


    osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to get name of every login item' 2> /dev/null


    Remember, these steps are all drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste, whichever you prefer — no typing. Also remember to post the output.


    You can then quit Terminal.