My 2 imacs are side by side. I can't get past the spinning wheel of colourful death on the imac that is having problems. The version on this mac is 10.7.5 so I am assuming the other is the same, as i usually upgrade them at the same time.
There is nothing attached to the imac at all.
I am able to see files on the 'All My Files' tab in finder, but nothing on any of the others.
Yes. It is only that one that is having issues. I am responding on the one that works.
The other imac does start, but has a blank desktop when it does and I cannot access anything. Is there any other way to communicate more directly? This email back and forth seems cumbersome.
Command R brought me to the Mac OS X Utilities screen. My options are restore from Time Machine, Reinstall Mac OS X, get help Online, or disk utility.
It isn't giving me 4 options. I am seeing a Mac OS X Lion install screen.
And it made me connect to the internet (via ethernet cable) before it would continue
I have to agree to the software license agreement.
It took me to a screen to access the recovery HD or the Mac HD
650 MB total * 137.3 MB available
This disk is locked
319.21 GB total * 78.35 GB available
I had to sign in the the apple store.
I have paused the download.
Message on the screen:
MAC OS X LION
Downloading additional components. Your computer will restart automatically.
I have paused it. My options are: Quit or Continue Installing.
okay, i have resumed the download. Fingers crossed.
It says 5 hours and 40 minutes remaining. :S
Okay, I will continue with this. I am running a seminar this evening, so I am hoping the download is faster than it indicates. I will let you know when it's done.
Okay, sounds good. :)
I made a username and password. I can see 'my questions' and can access this thread that way.
I will expect a reply, but unless there isn't anything pressing, I will not respond, since you have to have the last reply. :)
My download is at 3 hours 30 minutes.
Well the installation has begun. I was not asked to select anything, it just happened automatically. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX is not overwriting my files. :S
I will be leaving for a couple of hours and returning later this afternoon. Thanks for keeping me calm. lol ;)
It rebooted and I am now running repair disk permissions
Here is the error message from the disk repair:
Warning: SUID fule "system/library/CoreS...as been modified and will not be repaired
Permissions repair complete
It just asked me to install some java software which it is doing now. :S So far the desktop still looks blank and the problem appears to be exactly the same.
Okay, i left it to fester and i can see the applications now from the applications tab. It is moving like a turtle though.
Once it starts back up.. Any change? Still moving like a turtle?
Just reset the pram, still deathly slow and almost not responding after responding to the first click of the mouse. I am off to lead my seminar, but I will be back later. If you have any other advice I would be grateful. Things look the same or worse.
Well that did work. It seems to be moving fine on the new account. I am backing the entire thing up with time machine right now and I will download a virus scanner just for fun to see if anything crops up there.
What should I do next, as all of the info I need seems to be on the other profile. :)
Okay, I was working yesterday so I didn't have any chance to get at this. I am now downloading anti-virus stuff to scan the computer before I delete the user account and port all the files back. This seems the reasonable thing, no?
I guess i will also have to run time machine again to re-update in case there are viruses. THEN i will follow your instructions and hopefully all will be well again. Thank you for your continued guidance! :)
I apologize, there has been a death in the family and I have been helping take care of some details. If this needs to be closed immediately, I will do so. Otherwise, I will be back at work on Thursday and I can take care of things then. I apologize for the delay. I realize this is dragging on.