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Old Dec 19, 2005, 01:41 AM   #1
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PowerBook was stuck on startup...

my PowerBook 1.25GHz suddnely didn't complete the startup process. my bro was using it and saw the nasty multi-language "you must restart your computer" screen. i did a search and found some very helpful info from yellow in this thread:

i did this:
Originally Posted by yellow
Boot into Single User Mode (hold down Cmd-S at boot). At the prompt, type:

mount -uw /

Hit return, and then type:

mv /Library/Preferences/ /var/root/

Hit return (please note, that is "mv<space>/Library/Preferences/com.appl.loginwindow.plist<space>/var/root/"), and then type:


Does it boot normally now?
and that fixed the problem!

but now my question is what exactly did that command do? well okay i know it moved the main preference file for the Login Window... but what should i do now? that means the pref file was corrupt? how did that happen? can i stop it from happening again? can i just delete that file from /var/root/ ?

i was beginning to think that my HD was failing! well i'm relieved to say the least that it all seems to be working now.
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