OS X 10.3.8 Hangs on "Login Window Starting" at Boot | April 18, 2005
So over the weekend my iBook stopped working. Every time I tried to boot it up, the computer would hang at exactly the same place – “Login Window Starting”. I tried booting into safe mode, but it still hung. None of the usual Mac troubleshooting tips like repairing permissions or resetting the PRAM worked. I checked the Apple support site but came up blank. A quick search showed me that lot’s of people were experiencing the same problems, and each one suggested doing something different to fix it. The two most fixes that looked the best involved trashing the login prefs and ditching the font cache. However neither of them seemed to do the trick. Bugger!
Faced with the thought of an energy sapping hour long phone call to Apple technical support, there was only one thing left to try. Reinstalling the OS. Now when I was a Windows person, It seemed that reinstalling the OS was a regular event. I’ve never had to do this on a MAC, and to be honest I’d hoped I never would. I grabbed all the important info off the iBook by starting it in Target Disk (Firewire) mode, reminding myself that I really need to sort out a back-up solution and then set about reinstalling the OS. For minimum hassle I did an “Archive and Install” and then immediately upgraded to OS X 10.3.9. This seems to have done the trick, so if you find yourself experiencing the same problem, it looks like a reinstall may be your only option :-(
Posted at April 18, 2005 8:20 AM