When good computers go bad
For the most part my MacBook has been a great machine, but recently it has decided to become evil. It all started when I downloaded and installed the most recent software updates – Front Row, Security Update, iTunes and Quicktime. When I restarted the computer, it failed to get to the Apple loading screen, and instead left me with a blank grey background.
I forced a restart, and it continued to fail. So here I present the other steps I took to resolve my problem, in the hope that it can save someone else some headache.
- Downloaded and installed original Mac OS X 10.5.1 updater, along with Front Row and the latest security update. Nothing.
- Used the Leopard Install DVD to verify and repair the startup disk. Nadda.
- Repaired permissions using Install DVD. Zero.
- Admitted defeat and did an Archive and Install from the Install DVD. Sort of.
I say sort of because the computer did not boot immediately after installation, then I realized something I should have done a long time ago. I have a number of items plugged into my computer through a USB hub, and when I unplugged them all, it started.
I had found my problem, and now it is a matter of figuring out which peripheral is the culprit.
So, my suggestion to others with similar problems: when trying to troubleshoot a problem, make sure there are no other pieces of hardware plugged in while you are diagnosing a problem.
[UPDATE]: Turns out it was my iPod. Starting the computer with it plugged in made it stall, and unplugging it immediately causes the computer to start. More details to come.
[tags]MacBook, Mac OS X, Leopard, iPod, hard drive, FireWire[/tags]