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Restart problem OSX 10.6.8

by sbrizzi / March 16, 2013 11:03 AM PDT

Hi, I need help!

I'm on a 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 6 GB 1066 MHz DDR3.

When I restart I get a blue screen. When I hit the restart button to put the machine into sleep mode, then wake it up, I get the screen where you choose a user. This screen remains frozen for about 15 minutes before I'm finally able to choose the user and the mac starts up.

Any idea how to get it back to restarting normally?



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Do you have any other devices attached to that
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 12:33 AM PDT


Sometimes a machine will hang while the system waits for all the devices to report in before it moves on.

I presume you have already done the usual NVRAM zap (ctrl+option+P+R at startup and hold down until the third chime.


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Try detaching or turning off external devices
by egelb / March 23, 2013 12:14 AM PDT

If mrmacfixit is correct and the system is waiting for external devices to report, maybe turning off or detaching these devices will help it boot faster and not hang. I have had a similar problem with my iMac running OS X 10.7.5 and the culprit seems to be an external firewire drive which I turn off until the system boots and then I turn it back on after the system boots.

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