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MacBook crashes on startup
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Apr 11, 2008, 04:53 AM
According to the crash logs generated it appears to be crashing on the login window:

Process: loginwindow [93]
Path: /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow
Identifier: loginwindow
Version: ??? (???)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [1]

Date/Time: 2008-04-11 08:58:15.933 +0100
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.2 (9C7010)
Report Version: 6

Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00000000ec9a2cb2
Crashed Thread: 0

Thread 0 Crashed:
0 libobjc.A.dylib 0x9012a6e8 objc_msgSend + 24
1 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x926fd82b __CFDictionaryFindBuckets1b + 91
2 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x926fe11d CFDictionaryGetValue + 141
3 com.apple.HIServices 0x903cc762 GetOurExecutableCheckinInformation + 654
4 com.apple.HIServices 0x90399d8a _RegisterApplication + 261
5 com.apple.HIServices 0x90399c5a GetCurrentProcess + 50
6 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x969b9fd2 GetSystemUIMode + 44
7 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x969b9f81 IsMenuBarVisible + 41
8 com.apple.AppKit 0x905b2549 _NSInitializeAppContext + 59
9 com.apple.AppKit 0x905b1f27 -[NSApplication init] + 798
10 com.apple.loginwindow 0x0000643d 0x1000 + 21565
11 com.apple.AppKit 0x905b194f +[NSApplication sharedApplication] + 177
12 com.apple.loginwindow 0x0001b7cd 0x1000 + 108493
13 com.apple.loginwindow 0x00005816 0x1000 + 18454

Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
eax: 0xa006c838 ebx: 0x9272e1ee ecx: 0x9012b8b0 edx: 0xec9a2c92
edi: 0xa006c838 esi: 0xa006c838 ebp: 0xbffff138 esp: 0xbffff118
ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00010282 eip: 0x9012a6e8 cs: 0x00000017
ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x00000000 gs: 0x00000037
cr2: 0xec9a2cb2

I've got it in Target disc mode atm having run fsck over it and tech Tools and disk utility none of which encountered any errors.

Am I looking at slinging apref file away or an archive and install?

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Apr 11, 2008, 07:34 AM
Any other peripherals/devices connected?

Try booting into safe mode (hold down shift at startup).
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Apr 11, 2008, 01:12 PM
Nothing attached. Tried safe mode and run fsck but no joy. Time to unpack the intall dvd I think...
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Apr 11, 2008, 02:05 PM
Added any new RAM to it? Didn't we have an issue of crashing with your MBP a while ago?
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Apr 11, 2008, 05:23 PM
It had 1GB (2x512) when it started doing it, now has 2x 1GB fitted but still no start.

RAM issue was with my MBP, this is a black MB. MBP ended up getting a new logic board and has been fine for a while now.
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Apr 11, 2008, 05:27 PM
Login Window is dying for some reason. Archive and Install is my first suggestion.

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