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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by steeleclipse, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I don't know which forum this should be in, so I will post here, and offer sincere apologies if it is a software issue.

    Anyways, last night I was running an os x security update, and my G4 alum powerbook shut off in the middle. When I reboot, it just sits at the grey apple screen with the little "pinwheel" spinning, and never stops. I have tried numerous times just leaving it, however it WILL NOT get past it and go into the welcome screen.

    Any ideas? thanks so much :D
  2. macrumors 68020


    Hold down command-s during the initial boot sequence. This will, hopefully, put you in single-user mode. At the command line type: fsck -y

    This will clean up your file systems, if they've become corrupted. When the command completes, exit and reboot.

    If that doesn't do it, I'm afraid you'll need to an OS install.
  3. macrumors 6502

    i tried, but it froze that way too, is there any other options?
  4. macrumors 68020


    Get out your OS X install CD and boot off it. The menu bar of the installer allows you to do some disk utility functions. See if you can repair the file system from there.
  5. macrumors 6502

    thats what im going to try... thanks DaveL :D

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