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Please help, Macbook Pro won't login.

by simonjwpage / January 19, 2013 9:57 PM PST

My macbook Pro loads to the login page, i enter my password, it starts to log in, then it returns to the logins screen. I have tried loading with Mac OS X disk and doing a disk repair but no luck. I cannot think what would have caused it, I did clear out my Mac the night before but I don't remember deleting any start-up files etc. Thank you very much, any help is very much appreciated!

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by simonjwpage / January 20, 2013 1:00 AM PST

Booted in safe mode, then shut down and boot in normal mode and logged me in no problem!!!!

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Re: no login
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 19, 2013 10:29 PM PST

You "tried loading with Mac OS X". What exactly did you do?
You "tried doing disk repair". What exactly did you do?

On first sight, it seems you deleted something that you shouldn't have deleted. Do all accounts refuse to accept login? Or only the one in which you did the clean up?


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by simonjwpage / January 19, 2013 10:44 PM PST
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1) I put in the Mac OS X disk and held C as it booted up. From there I went into system utilities and verified and repaired the disk.

I have my user and a guest account. I can login with the guest account, but my account (the one i was cleaning up) doesn't work.

Thank you very much

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What an ominous phrase, "I did clear out my Mac"
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 19, 2013 10:34 PM PST

and may be what is at the root of this problem.

Try starting in Safe Mode, (hold down the Option key at the first chime and keep it down)

If fails, it may be that your only recourse is to reinstall your OS without formatting the drive.

Look carefully at the options as you step through the installer. Depending on your version of OS X, there may be an option to "Archive and Install"

Just as a matter of interest, just what were you "clearing out"?


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I didn't mean to make that the best answer!
by simonjwpage / January 19, 2013 10:47 PM PST

Sorry I didn't mean to make that the best answers, I've never used this site before!

Thank you for the suggestions will try now, can I reinstall OS without wiping the drive?

I cleared up music, videos, pictures, public, and some old 'Application Support' folders (found in /library/) for apps that I no longer use.

Thank you

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Can you confirm that you are back in business
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 20, 2013 7:45 AM PST



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