HELP! Everything is missing on my PB.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nectar, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Nectar macrumors member

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    ok, this is what happened, I discovered that all my files and private things were on my server "name.local" and I panicked thinking I was sharing this with the world, so I deleted everything via trash. Then I found out I couldn't open system prefences, or connect to the internet.. so I tried restoring what I deleted and couldn't even open the trash to do that. :rolleyes: So, I tried restarting my PB, and I couldn't do that so I hit the power button. When I restarted my PB it will not boot up. A screen comes on that says:

    panic(cpu 0 caller 0x002E1028): Unable to find driver for the platform: "PowerBook6,8".

    Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
    Backtrace:
    0x00095c30 [and then a bunch of other numbers...]

    Proceding back via exception chain:
    Exception state (sv=0x0052Ca00)
    PC=0x00000000; [and then a bunch of other numbers...]

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kerwin Version 8.7.0: Fri May 26 15:20:53 PDT 2006; root:xnu-92.6.76.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC

    No debugger configured - dumping debug information
    MSR=00001030
    Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
    Backtrace:
    0x00095718 [and then a bunch of other numbers...]
    Proceeding back via exception chain:
    Exception state (sv=0x0052CA00)
    PC=0x00000000; [and then a bunch of other numbers...]

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 8.7.0: Fri May 26 15:20:53 PDT 2006; root:xnu-792.6.76obj~1/RELEASE_PPC
    panic: We are hanging here...


    :confused:
     
  2. nsutt22 macrumors regular

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  3. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know what that means.. :( Yeah, I f*cked up badly, and my PB cd won't eject either.. help?
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    if you have another mac laying around then you could try to boot the powerbook into firewire mode and then hook the PB up to the other mac and put in the OS X discs to the other mac and the reinstall OS X ontop of the PB drive. That is if you can boot the PB into firewire mode.
     
  5. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    No I don't, and I don't know anyone who has a mac...

    what else can I do?
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Well do you have applecare? This would be a great time to use it if you have it.
     
  7. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, but they are closed atm. Do you think I would have to send it in for repair... or does this sound like it's something that could be fixed over the phone?
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You could try over the phone because it would be faster. I think it could most likely be fixed that way because it is a software issue and not hardware. As for you CD question, did you try restarting the mac with the mouse button clicked to get the CD out?
     
  9. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, ty. It did come out.

    Was there a possiblity all my private stuff was being shared via my network or is that how it's supposed to be setup?
     
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    before you deleted it did it say it was a network drive or was it just a local drive? I'd assume since it was name.local it wouldn't be sharing it with the world but just be a local drive on your computer.
     
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    "name".local is how your computer would present itself to other computers on the network, but it's always called that, regardless of whether you're actually sharing things or not. As long as your Sharing preferences are turned off, you're fine.
     
  12. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    All I can remember is I went to: Finder/Network/Server[i think]/name.local and all my stuff was on there..

    Was I sharing it with my neighbors and such?
     
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  14. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Yes, then your files should've been perfectly safe. But if you had been sharing them you could ask your neighbors for a copy of them XD.
     
  15. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    Wouldn't it be shared just through my local home computers and NOT my neighbors? PS.. for future references I'm a she. ;)

    This is all so damn confusing and everyone else I know is antimac.. grr.
     
  16. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    So I assume that you were using WPA encryption on the router? If that's so then no one but the people who have the password to get onto your router have access to the files.
     
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    here's what I used:

    Security Encryption (WEP)
    Authentication Type: Automatic
    Encryption Strength: 128bit

    and then I have a password for that.

    My basic settings asked if my internet connection requires a login and the option was "No" <--- uh oh?

    So I know WEP isn't the best, so what would happen if a hacker figured out my password, could he access my files even if the sharing option was turned OFF?
     
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  22. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    i understand what you did and no, you were not sharing those files with anyone else unless you don't have a password for your user profile. Anyway, rest assured that it is no mere mortal windoze user who can connect to your mac with the firewall on (since you are surrounded by people who like to make life difficult for themselves :p ). Not sure what BG was thinking when he set up windows networking/wireless...

    Solution though? Not sure. What you deleted is actually displayed as a shortcut. However, I'm not going to try it and see what happens! There must be a mac somewhere.. anywhere.. at your school, library, university etc somewhere! once found it should be easy sailing. You didn't empty the trash so everything is still there, but the computer can't access it because its in the trash. (I'm guessing you binned yourself, so to speak).

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    I'm not sure if this will work, but if you can get a disk in, put in your install disk and restart pressing the C key. This should start you up in disk boot. Now, if it is possible, try an 'archive and install' - since you deleted everything, it may not be able to archive anything and make a bigger mess (be warned!). If this works, it should recreate your user profile with the files you binned in the trash. Before trying this, I'd feel better if another MR member could chime in and back me up or tell you this is terrible advice.

    You COULD simply wipe and reinstall the OS - but then all those files you were trying to protect would be gone forever. Or you could install a fresh OS on a partition and see if you can fix your previous one from there.

    Grasping at straws, but without another mac, these are the only ways I can think of that might get you up and running again.

    yt
     
  23. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    for future reference, if you suddenly think you're sharing something you shouldn't be, just either pull out the network cable or turn off wireless (click on the signal strength icon at the top right of your screen and select 'airport off')

    Much faster and easier than deleting everything!

    Did your PB ask you to enter your password while you were deleting everything? If you gave it your password, you're probably up the paddle without a creek, as it was saying 'potentional danger - you're doing something you should be thinking twice about doing - are you really sure?'

    If no password, then it MIGHT be recoverable if you can boot from CD / DVD.

    Another option is to download (on another computer) Knoppix or Ubuntu system-on-a-cd (others can help here) and boot from that, then look at your files from there.
     
  24. Nectar thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, ty yojitani for the in depth advice. :) What do you mean password? The only security password I had was through WEP. Again, if a hacker *did* get through that, could he access my files even if sharing was off?

    RedTomato - I thought of that after I deleted my stuff, that's why I was trying to recover it from the trash. Definitely learned what NOT to do. ;) Yes, it did ask for my password when I deleted it. soooooo.. I guess tomorrow I'll find out how much damage I did when I call tech. support.

    I'll recap later what happened.
     
  25. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Sorry I can't contribute anything beyond what's been said but I just thought that thinking this through even a millisecond before you did it, this is akin to "Oh heck, I left my door open! I'll have to blow up my house!"

    Why is it that otherwise highly intelligent people all too frequently turn into complete numbnuts where computers are concerned? And that it also all too frequently allows IT nerds to sneer over our actions? It's very common and I think some research needs to be done.

    I'm sure you're kicking yourself enough already and I probably said too much but it's just fascinating and annoying at the same time to see it happen so often to people.
     

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