I have had a support ticket open and closed in this matter before – with no solution. But, since Nick graciously and publicly promised to help find the solution, I decided to make one more attempt at finding out, why Rapid Weaver prevents my computer from starting up. If nothing will come out of this attempt, I will finally give up. Here’s the background:
For about a year and a half or two years, I get this weird behaviour. If I use Rapid Weaver, and then shut down my computer, the next day my Mac can not start up. I get the grey screen with Apple logo and a spinning loading symbol. That’s it. I have to use the power-off button to get out of this predicament. Then, I start up with the R key depressed, wait for the Apple Utilities window to show, select “Reinstall from Internet” and wait about one hour for my OS to be reinstalled. After that, I am free again to start up my Mac.
I have tested extensively for some kind of a meaningful pattern in this behaviour. The only constant is opening-and-saving my project within Rapid Weaver. If I just open my project and then close Rapid Weaver without saving, all is good. But if I open RW, then SAVE (even if I do not make any change whatsoever) and close RW, next time I try to start up my computer, it refuses to do so. There is, obviously, something that the OS is looking for at the startup and it can not find it, therefore, the loading never ends…
Usually, I put my applications in folders (by categories). For example, RW app lives inside directory like that: /Applications/INTERNET/WEB-DEV/ HTML-CSS-EDITORS/RapidWeaver6. However, some companies recommend to put their applications at the root of the Applications folder. I tried both approaches – and there is no difference in Rapid Weaver affecting the startup process.
Currently, I am using 2014 MacPro with 16GB of RAM. I have about 360GB of free space on my startup disk and I’m running OS 10.9.5. But, I used to get exactly same problem on my previous computer, which was 2012 MacMini. I am using the latest version of Rapid Weaver, but the problem started back when I was still using RW4.xx and then 5.xx.
So, here it is. My question: what can be the reason that the RW use (saving process within RW) prevents my computer from starting up?
Any suggestions will be much appreciated.