Unbelievable Double Mac OS disaster(TM)
July 9, 2014 9:10 AM Subscribe
Not one but two Macs refuse to boot, getting stuck on the grey Apple logo screen. What can I do and what could have possibly caused this??
posted by drjimmy11 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last night I tried to restart my ~3 year old Macbook Pro, running Snow Leopard (I think.) It got stuck on the grey Apple logo screen, spinning infinitely. I tried all the tricks I could google like booting into Safe mode (same result) and booting into Single User mode and doing disk repair ("Disk cannot be repaired.") So I'm figuring either I need to reinstall the OS or the hard drive is dead. Fair enough.
Here's where it gets weird: I go over to my ~2008 Mac Pro tower. It's off, when I remember having left it on. I try to boot up and *THE SAME THING HAPPENS!!" Endless grey spinner. The only difference being in this case the keyboard has no effect, so I can't boot into other modes. I left it on all night and it's still spinning merrily away.
Besides wanting to fix it, I want to know how this could possibly happen to two computers at once!!!
Things I've considered:
1) Something to do with the internet. I don't think these computers should need internet to boot, and anyway my network is fine-I'm using it now to type this on my work machine.
2) Some bad reaction to an update I ran. I can't remember what I've installed since I last restarted each machine: possibly Mac OS minor updates and maybe an Adobe AIR update?
3) Some physical thing in my apartment like a power surge?? Seems very unlikely since I have surge protectors and such. Also not sure if this is even a thing that could happen? I did think I smelled a burny smell near the back of the tower, but it seems physically fine otherwise.
Solution-wise, I can theoretically try re-installing the OS on the laptop from the partition after booting with option key down, which is what I will do unless someone points out something I'm missing. For the Tower I have time machine backups, but not sure how to use them without a working keyboard.