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Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: ItsMeAlison
Date: October 12, 2007 11:16AM
Hi all,
I don't know what I did wrong, but when I start up my MacBook Pro now, it doesn't boot up OS X's GUI, it goes right to a black screen that says Darwin/BSD and asks for my login and password.
I know my login and password, but what do i do after i enter it to get back into Aqua/OS X GUI ? After I enter my name and password it says "welcome to Darwin!" and gives me a command prompt.
And once I get back in what setting do I need to change so that this doesn't keep happening ?

I hope someone can help me, thank you so much in advance!
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: October 12, 2007 11:51AM
I've seen this before, but can't remember the fix....

Try holding down the Shift key?

Try booting from the optical drive, or an external drive?
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: Forrest
Date: October 12, 2007 11:52AM
Is your command-S or command-V keys stuck down? [docs.info.apple.com]
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: October 12, 2007 12:07PM
What happens if you enter "exit" (no quotes) at the prompt?
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: ItsMeAlison
Date: October 12, 2007 12:09PM
I've tried booting off the OS X install CD, I can do that. Startup drive is set correctly to the only HD.
If I hold down shift while starting up, it still does the same thing.
There is nothing physically holding down the CMD-S and/or V keys...

Any other ideas ?
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: October 12, 2007 12:46PM
I've had this happen twice on different computers. I've never been able to find a solution. Not here. Not on Apple's site. Nothing. The fix was to reinstall...unfortunately. It happened to me after i tried migrating from one system to another. Bad idea. So i did a fresh install and manually moved my stuff over. And it worked. I'd sure love to know the "why" though.




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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: October 12, 2007 12:51PM
> Any other ideas ?

What happens if you enter "exit" (no quotes) at the prompt?
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: Donkey Hotay
Date: October 12, 2007 01:44PM
When you boot off the Install cd/dvd, try running Disk Utility->Repair Volume
against the boot drive.

If you have Disk Warrior, use that to effect cleanup/repair.



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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: ItsMeAlison
Date: October 12, 2007 02:09PM
when i type exit, the display goes blue and i get the spinning gear as if it's booting in to the GUI normally, but then after a few seconds it goes right back to the black display and command prompt.

I will try to boot off of the install CD and try repairing the volume.

Thanks for the ideas, any more ?
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: October 12, 2007 02:13PM
I tried Disk Utility and Diskwarrior when it happened to me. No effect.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2007 02:13PM by bazookaman.
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: rgG
Date: October 12, 2007 02:33PM
I had this happen to me when I was making a bootable back-up of my husband's eMac. I made the bcak-up and was trying to boot from it, just to test, and it would do just what you described every time I tried to boot from the external FW drive. I finally wiped the back-up partition, did a new bootable back up with a different back-up program and then it worked just fine.





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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: ItsMeAlison
Date: October 12, 2007 02:35PM
Success!
Booted off of the Install CD and repaired permissions and now it boots normally.

Thank you so much everyone (especially you Donkey Hotay) and I hope this helps anyone else who has this problem!
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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: October 12, 2007 02:42PM
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ItsMeAlison
Success!
Booted off of the Install CD and repaired permissions and now it boots normally.

Thank you so much everyone (especially you Donkey Hotay) and I hope this helps anyone else who has this problem!

Wow. I wish that had worked for me.




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Re: Please help, at startup, my MacBook goes to Terminal instead of booting OS X
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 13, 2007 02:09AM
Ali, it would probably be a good idea to repair permissions again from the boot drive, now.

RP'ing gets a lot of grief as do those who recommend it. But it's easy to do, and one almost never really knows what ills it may fix.

When I get some weirdness, one of the first things I do is to RP, for the above reasons.

It's not a cure all, it will only fix something that's screwed up because of a permissions error *somewhere*.

Congratulations on fixing your Mac.




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