PLS HELP! OSX won't boot, I get this message:

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  1. tomG4 macrumors newbie

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    Please help OSX won't boot, I get this message:
    From path:"/pci@f2000000/mac-io@17/ata-4@1f000/disk@0:5,\mach kernel",
    waiting on <dict ID="0"><key>IOPath Match</key><string ID="1">IODeviceTree:/pci@f2000000/mac-io@17/ata-4@1f000/@0:5</string></dict>
    Still waiting for root device
    Still waiting for root device
    Still waiting for root device
    Still waiting for root device

    Can anyone help me? I have no idea what to do. I tried different suggestions that I found in this forum but nothing worked. I am (was) running OS X Jaguar on a dual 1Ghz G4. Is this software or hardware related?? All I get is a gray screen with the swirley thing when I try to boot and then it just freezes. When I try to boot in single user mode I get the above message :(

    To make matters worse, I just moved from Boston to Hawaii and all my installation disks are still there. ANY HELP WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
    Thanks
     
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    Go to the beach and relax till your CD's come from Boston... .LOL

    looks like the kernel is gone (the main part of the OS)

    I don't suppose you have OS 9 on your computer?
     
  3. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    did this begin immediately following the physical move of the computer? If not, what happened right before this started? crash? install a software?

    paul
     
  4. OutThere macrumors 603

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    It sounds like it could be hardware or software related. From what it says it looks like it's waiting on your optical drive, and the optical drive isn't responding. Now, this could be a problem with the software not working correctly, or it could be a problem with the hardware being physically damaged. I would also be interested in what happened before this started.
     
  5. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

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    really....?
     
  6. tomG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Before this happened I was downloadibg music from the web. I went to bed and when I got up in the morning the computer was frozen (I keep it on all the time). When I rebooted that's when the problems started.

    I don't have an optical drive.

    I can sometimes boot into OS 9 after a few reboots. If I run Norton it tells me I have major problems but after they get fixed and I reboot still nothing.
     
  7. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    You don't have a CD ROM eh? :rolleyes:

    seems to me like it would the Kernel that Corrupt ... I don't remember if OS X installs like most UNIX systems ... but if it does ... based on what that message says it looks like the Root Partition is missing, and the only way to solve that, that i know is to reinstall everything..

    Unless there is another way ..

    Try to boot into OS 9 ... back everything up on some external drive, or borrow a CD burner from someone, back up your vital files and reinstall and start from scratch.

    Sorry man
     
  8. tomG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :confused: oh, sorry I do have a cd rom drive. I didn't realize optical drive was a cd rom drive, I thought they were two seperate things. Shows you how computer literate I am.
     
  9. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    My advice, back up, reinstall ... your best solution short of taking it into a place, you could call apple see what they have to tell you

    but the reinstall is my best advice
     
  10. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Shut Up! :D I was tired.
     
  11. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

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    i couldn't resist!
     
  12. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    I was holding it in myself ... LOL
     
  13. tomG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help guys. I have one more question, should I reformat the disk and then install the OS or can I just install the OS without reformatting?
    Cons? Pros?
     
  14. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    you best bet is to make a back up of your files, and then reformat and clean install.

    You never know what got corrupted so you may end up with the same problem

    so wipe your drive clean, and then install the OS
     
  15. tomG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Now since I have to go buy the OS, should I get Jaguar or go for Panther?
     
  16. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    You mentioned you have restore CD's ... can you wait to get those?


    If not, go ahead and get Panther, many claim that breathed new life into their computers :)
     
  17. tomG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have restore cd's but I wouldn't even know where to start looking for them. I need my computer up ASAP so I just have to buy new ones.
    Again, thank you so much for your help everyone!
     

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