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the following is the HW profile of my iMac: Hardware Overview:

Model Name:             iMac
Model Identifier:       iMac12,1
Processor Name:         Intel Core i5
Processor Speed:        2.5 GHz
Number of Processors:   1
Total Number of Cores:  4
L2 Cache (per Core):    256 KB
L3 Cache:               6 MB
Memory:                 6 GB
Boot ROM Version:       IM121.0047.B1F
SMC Version (system):   1.71f22
Serial Number (system): C02HR2BJDHJF
Hardware UUID:          D79C33D1-F503-5CCB-BD4B-B67443B06006

I run 10.8.1 and when I log in the cursor spins for a very long time until I hit the power button for a restart. Clearing VRAM does not help. Does anybody have a hint? Running login apps are:

growlMenu
growlHelperApp
AppTrap
iTunesHelper
Notify
Dropbox
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Have you tried removing the login apps to see if the same problem occurs when starting "clean"? –  MetalMikester Sep 19 '12 at 0:24
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