9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2013 12:56 PM by Cody Wright
Cody Wright Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me get my computer rebooted properly, because I'm stuck!


I wish I could give exact tech specs for my Mac Pro, but I don't have them written down anywhere besides System Profiler...


  • I've had it since 2008 or 2009
  • There are four internal drives
  • Two external drives
  • 12GB RAM
  • Running the latest version of Mountain Lion


Here's the story:


I had to force shut down my machine because it locked up in screensaver mode. I have it set to never sleep because when it does, I often can't wake it back up and have to force shut down.


I turned it back on, and it returned to the login screen.


I received a message saying my computer was not shut down properly, and do I want to reopen my apps. I hit OK and logged in.


After that, just gray. I hear drives spinning for a while, but then everything quiets down and remains at a gray screen. I can see the mouse cursor and move it around, but that's it.


I forced shut down again, and this time said Cancel when asked if I wanted to reopen apps. It didn't make a difference.


I force shut down again, and this time unplugged all peripherals and external drives. Still goes to gray screen after logging in.

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)