Cannot boot, please help!

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  1. DefiantSoul macrumors member

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    I think I messed with some files I shouldn't have while I was in OS9, then when I tried to boot into X, and now every time after that, it stops and the UNIX terminal comes up and says "/etc/master.passwd: no such file or directory" I don't know enough about UNIX to do a whole lot. Is there any way I can make it boot into 9 again from the terminal, or am I screwed and just resort to reinstalling? I am using OSX 10.2.8, and OS9 9.2.2. Any assistance would be awesome.

    Thanks
     
  2. szark macrumors 68030

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    After the startup chime, press and hold the Option key. That should give you a menu which allows you to select OS 9 as your startup disk.
     
  3. DefiantSoul thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I figured I could do that, unfortuanately I'm home for the holiday, and I left my standard keyboard at school. I have a wireless one and it isn't even recognized untill it's too late. That's why I was wondering if there was any way to change the startup disk trough the UNIX terminal.
     
  4. varmit macrumors 68000

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    I suggest getting a wired keyboard. It never hurts to have an extra of the less than $20 pieces of hardware that can keep you from getting work done laying around for a time of need.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Sounds like he threw away one of the dozen unix files sitting in the root directory, that's invisible under OS X -- or moved it.

    Most likely you killed one of the aliases that is important. Note: there's a couple files you can throw away -- which are regenerated on the next boot -- but it's not something to casually experiment with.

    I accidentally tossed that one myself (so I've seen that error before myself), but I didn't empty the trash so I just dragged it back out.

    Edit: sounds like you left yourself open for some fun. :p
     

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