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spinning wheel

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ccking, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. ccking

    ccking Guest

    When i boot up i get the spinning wheel on my mac osx for a very long time. I recently uninstalled a plug in and i think i may have uninstalled some things i should not have in the process. What can i do help my mac boot up properly?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mac peoples? Feel free to chime in.
  3. natural

    natural Active Member

    Plan A: put back what you took out, and try again.
    Plan B: Boot up from an archived back up. Time Machine is one such option
    Plan C: Going strictly on the limited info provided - Boot up and reinstall the Mac OS from the Disk
    Plan D: Back up any important session work, wipe the drive clean and reinstall everything.
    Plan E: Well, really, if you've gotten this far without any success, you're in deeper trouble because Plan E involves opening up your wallet.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    double post
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    It seems unlikely that simply removing a plug-in would affect anything across the entire system. Weirdness can also be sign your internal Lithium battery might be losing some start-up data if the machine is of a certain age.

    But, Even before Plan A, if you haven't already - clear your parameter RAM.

    1) Do a Restart and as soon as it goes black press and hold down all four of these keys at once [ Command (Apple)] [Option] [P] [R].

    2) Keep holding the keys down.

    3) The machine will partially start up, play the start-up chime, and re-boot again. It's OK to let it do this a couple times before you release the keys. Done.

    This is one of those things that may/or may not help, but it can't hurt. It clears a little cache of start-up parameters. If it resets your clock, I'd be especially suspicious of the Lithium battery.

    Apple Support Doc.
  6. ccking

    ccking Guest

    To help us pin point things. in the process of trying to uninstall the plug in i thought id delete other files and documents i didnt think i needed thinking it would speed up the mac. I think i deleted something i shouldnt have. This is when i started getting the problem.
    I have done most of these recommended steps but i am still getting the wheel and my computer freezes up when i try to use the time machine.
    Thank you so much for your time - I am a moron i know
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Progress is made through errors. As I tell my horn students and colleagues, we learn more (about ourselves and the mechanics of playing) on the days when everything is NOT going well than we do when thing work effortlessly.

    Unless you have the Mac version of System Restore I think you are in for a reformat.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    .....and I'm only a little disappointed there is no mention of BS&T during this thread due to the title.......
  9. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    A simple solution would be to download from Apple the appropriate "combo updater" for your system version and install it. It won't disturb any of your files but will likely put back whatever might be missing.

  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I think yes to this as well. Thanks for the tip dvdhawk! I've never done this. Could it also be insuficiant memory and you've installed something that is requiring more ram at startup, that is lost as well? So then dvdhawks suggestion and thatjeffguy are both heading in the right direction?

    What goes up, must come down.... spinning wheels, round and round. Same though TheJackAttack!

  11. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Purging the P-RAM was a lot more common back in OS 7, and became increasingly less necessary with each OS since. But it's a good first response housekeeping step if you notice anything at all odd about your mac's behavior.

    You should have a System Restore or Update that will bail you out. It's highly unlikely you would have to do a complete reformat. If you can't update the OS that way, you might have another option. Do you have any other macs running the same version of OSX? If so, you can always hook the two together in "target mode" and compare System Folders / Libraries / Extensions and see what's missing from the areas you were poking around in removing files.

    To start the non-healthy machine in "target mode":

    Start the working machine first.
    With the non-healthy machine still off, connect the two via firewire
    Start up the non-healthy machine while holding down the [T] key
    You'll see the Firewire icon on the screen of the non-healthy machine and it's drive will be mounted on the desktop of the working machine just like an external drive.

    Then it's an exercise in comparing the working OS to the non-working OS.

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