I have no idea what is going on!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by metalgearmac, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. metalgearmac macrumors member

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    My brothers computer is messed up. When you start it up the apple logo appears and the spinning thing rotates likes normal. But when that is all done a black screen appears and some text appears like this.
    -sh: /etc/profile: is a directory
    -sh-2.05b#

    Can anyone please help I have no idea whats up . And there is a disk in the slot
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Can you get the disk out? If it still doesn't start properly with the disk removed, then try starting up from the OSX disks and tell us how far you get. :)
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    If the disk won't come out; restart while holding the mouse button down - keep holding until the disk comes out.
     
  4. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Indeed or try holding the eject button whiles restarting.


    Bless
     
  5. tag macrumors 6502a

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    /etc/profile should not be a directory so perhaps that could be causing a problem? At that shell prompt (sh-2.05b#) you are able to type correct? If so you could check to see that your System wide profile (/etc/profile) is there and was not perhaps overwritten by a directory by chance and is messing up the boot process.
     
  6. metalgearmac thread starter macrumors member

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    No I cannot eject the cd using the normal eject button. I will try some of your suggestions thanks.
     
  7. metalgearmac thread starter macrumors member

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    I've successfully removed the one disk and now have the os x disk in their. I started it up and a window pops up with the title Install Mac OS X. But then a alert pops up informing me that this software cannot be installed on this computer. Any other suggestion would be appreciated.
     
  8. HughJ macrumors regular

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    are you trying to install a copyof OS X from a different type of mac?
     
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  10. HughJ macrumors regular

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    so for instance you have a Powermac, and your trying to install an imac disk?
     
  11. metalgearmac thread starter macrumors member

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    yes I am using the os x disk that came with my imac. and i'm trying to use it on my brothers powerbook g4
     
  12. Halsey12 macrumors regular

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    Wont work. You need to buy a Tiger disk.
     
  13. HughJ macrumors regular

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    bingo:D
     
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  15. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502

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    ..Or use the disc that came with his PowerBook...
     
  16. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, use his PowerBook disks. However, before you do that, I recommend trying to use Target Disk Mode to back up all the information on the PowerBook. Then, I'd try reinstalling the OS. :)
     

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