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Discussion in 'Help Forum' started by SpocKirk, Mar 15, 2002.

  1. SpocKirk

    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    When I restarted my computer, it went through the normal startup, but before getting to showing my desktop, it stopped on a blue screen with the disk access icon spinning in the corner. I restarted, and now it starts up all the way to Directory Services and just sits there. the bar still moves, but nothing happens. I guess I will stay in 9 until it can be fixed.
     
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    i've never had to do software troubleshooting in OS X so i'm not sure where to start. you might try booting to the OS X CD and letting it reinstall... but i don't know if that "repairs" the current installation or what.
     
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    I found out something cool, you can get a view of the underlying processes at startup by holding apple v

    It was reporting my startup disk being full, but that wasn't the problem
     
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    what r ur system specs?
     
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    Weird. Try defragging with norton in os 9 or something along those lines. I solved an os x startup problem by doing that.
     
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    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    333 iMac (rev c), 40GB hd and 256MB RAM, everything else standard.


    I was wanting to defrag anyway, I'll do that. I checked the disk with first aid and it checked out fine, though.
     
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    uh.... if your disk is full, it can't update the Directory Info most likely, and that could be the reason...
     
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    it was still doing the same thing after I cleared out 400MB of stuff. I ran it through norton and also through speed disk, I'm currently optimizing my 35GB partition, then I will check to see if it works.
     
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    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    Well, after 30 hours of defragging, it still doesn't work. maybe the file that it's looking at was corrupted when I tried to start up from the drive with no available space.
     
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    how long did you let it try to finish starting up?

    I had a machine sit at the networking portion of startup for about 5 full minutes once. I restarted it a couple times then just let it go to see if it was really stuck or just slow... turns out it was slow and it healed itself.
     
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    Re: how long did you let it try to finish starting up?

    8 hours. I started it, went to bed. next day, still stuck there
     
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    :wtf: I reinstalled OS X, but it still stopped at Directory Services. I think I will probably have to reformat the partition. At least I got the CD-RW drive working on my sister's comp so I can back up everything. *sigh*
     

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