Mac_boot error?

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  1. aricher macrumors 68020

    aricher

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    A PC IT guy here at work just called with a question about a friend's Mac. Apparently when the guy boots up he "is logging into firmware and then is prompted to type mac_boot." After typing that in he's fine. This IT guy just called me 'cause I'm the supposed Mac-guru at our company - this is a new one on me though - anyone know what's up? My guess is that it's a hardware issue - but what kind?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. vraxtus macrumors 65816

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    Do you mean logging into single user mode?
     
  3. aricher thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm sorry - I wish I could provide more info - this is all being passed through a second party. It doesn't sound like single user mode to me though.

    I did find this on a French mac site - sorry for the google translation:

    - anonymity
    07/10/2002, 19h13
    I find myself regularly with starting in the presence of a message of invites of type PC "old generation": It is asked to me to type MAC_BOOT or to modify my configuration (in obscure and technical English). If I type MAC_BOOT... I reconsider this message. It is necessary me to make a reset (not always useful) or to extinguish and relight (times 2 or 3 times) so that my G4 starts correctly. I zappé already my PRAM, rebuilt the office, but the incident reproduces rather regularly. Thank you for a council.

    blackhole
    08/10/2002, 01h13
    perhaps you have a èroblème hardware... you find yourself in the firmware, remains to savir where is the problem... which message it posts you exactly
     
  4. s0i0d macrumors newbie

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    mac_boot in my new ibook

    I have noticed a similar problem with my iBook. I bought it 3 weeks ago, refurbished, from apple.com. g4 1gHz 14 inch. I press the start button, hear a chime, screen does not light up. This happens 1-2 times. Then I get a dark screen with small white type that says 'type mac_boot'. I do and sometimes it works, at other times I have to restart yet again. Once it starts, I have no problems.
     
  5. vraxtus macrumors 65816

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    That sounds very much to me like single user mode, or at least from the black with white text description... unfortunately I've only had limited experience with that kind of thing...
     
  6. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    If you just got it, give AppleCare a call. Even refurbs like ours are covered for a year. They could probably talk you through a fix tonight.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    If you're seeing "mac-boot", then you're chillin' in Open Firmware, not Single User Mode.

    To fix this, zap the PRAM and reset the Open Firmware.
     
  8. aricher thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Will zapping the PRAM reset the Open Firmware or is there another step involved for that? I have never reset PRAM under OS X is it still Command-Option-P & R during startup like OS 9?
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    No it won't. They are separate entities.

    Yes, zapping the PRAM is the same for OS X as it was for OS 9.


    All relevant info is here:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=42642

    GIYF: It's a kbase article people! ;)
     
  10. aricher thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks Yellow! I'll pass this along to my PC IT guy - thanks again for the help.
     
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