Help! MY powerbook is jacked up!

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by emagdnimy, Jan 30, 2003.

  1. emagdnimy macrumors newbie

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    #1
    after a simple restart last night, my 500 mhz titanium pwrbook will no longer boot up.

    the white apple screen sit for a long time with that thingy spinning around and then finally it makes it to the blue screen, but right when the
    "Mac OS X" rectangle pops up, it immediately disapears. then the mouse icon just spins away (the multicolored one to show you its busy) for about five minutes and then the screen is just blue with nothing on it except the mouse, which i can move around.

    has this happened to anyone before? is it some kind of virus maybe??

    also it has 512 ram and all the latest updates as well as a Farallon wireless card ( i don't know if that will matter or not, but you never know)

    any help will be greatly appreciated! thanks!
     
  2. szark macrumors 68030

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    Hold down Command-V during startup to get the UNIX-style text startup.

    Hopefully this should display some sort of error message that might help you.
     
  3. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried booting from the install CD and repairing permissions yet?

    Sounds like some things I've seen when the permissions get all screwy.
     
  4. emagdnimy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unix startup

    i watched it go through the text startup and there were a lot of "can't resolve this" , "can't find that" and then it went to the blue screen after loading the system..... what now?
     
  5. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Re: unix startup

    Definitely sounds like a permission problem then. Follow the link I provided to a step by step explanation of repairing permissions.
     
  6. emagdnimy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can't resolve dependencies

    i booted up on a 10.0 CD and repaired the disk in First Aid, but it said the disk was fine. so i restarted in the text mode and although it went much, much faster it still had a few "can't resolve dependencies for kernel extension" and then went to the blue screen. it the disk tool different on a 10.2 CD? or that a problem?
     
  7. emagdnimy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    found 10.2

    the disk utility apps seem quite different on 10.0 and 10.2. i'm in the process of doing it again.....
     
  8. PyroTurtle macrumors regular

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    this is going to sound odd, especially comming from me...
    but boot into OS9 first, then reset the PRAM, then reboot again (i hate rebooting too) then tell it to boot into X, then boot into X....i've had it happen too many times to count on my 400Ti....it just stays in 9 now unfortunately...
     
  9. emagdnimy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    fixed

    it worked! thank you Mac Bandit...your my hero! although the same errors show up in the text startup, it still came up to the log in screen and what not....anywayer...thanks a lot.
     
  10. PyroTurtle macrumors regular

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    for MacBandits a jolly good fellow...
    for MacBandits a jolly good fellow...
    for MacBandits a jolly good fellow...

    hip hip hooray!
     
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Thanks guys though your congratulations really is too much. The real congratulations goes to emagdnimy. Who now has a working computer.

    Have you ever installed Norton Utilities or System Works? The errors you are describing remind of problems caused by Norton. I would recommend backing everything up and reinstalling the system if you are still getting the errors even though it is working now.
     
  12. PyroTurtle macrumors regular

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    what we really need is diskwarrior for OSX...then all our problems will be solved
     
  13. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    It's coming. It was shown at Macworld and should be out very very soon.
     
  14. PyroTurtle macrumors regular

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    i know...digidesign had it at namm, i loved it (pro tools too!)
     

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