Can't Log In Or Boot Up - Firewire File Transfer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by journeybear, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. journeybear macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2012
    I have a PowerBook G4 (Os X Tiger 10.4). Yes, it's old, but it was a gift, and has done very well for me for two years. After a reboot it wouldn't let me log in anymore - user name and icon cleared out - it was as if I were a guest on my own computer. There is a start-up or upgrade disk stuck in the drive - probably why it was given me - and since the drive wasn't reading it, booting up from it wasn't an option. After trying this and that and learning a few things, but mostly getting nowhere, I thought to contact the former owner and get his user name and password. But somehow in the meantime, something changed with the machine, so now when I power up it comes to the welcome screen. I try to register a new account, fill in all the info, but it doesn't seem to take it.

    The G4 may be a goner, though I would be glad to get suggestions on how to restore it. I have learned how to access Terminal, though navigating within that is a bit clunky, if effective. But before I try anything else I want to transfer the files. I was going to use a 6-pin to 9-pin cable to go to my neighbor's laptop. but he is taking off for ten days. Then I saw there is a 6-pin firewire port on my PC. Should I get a 6-pin to 6-pin cable for this? And what steps do I have to take to make the two machines compatible? I was thinking I could get a 6-pin to USB cable and put the files on a flash drive, and transfer them that way, but since I can't boot up the G4 I can't see what I'm doing on it.

    BTW, thanks to Terminal I have verified that my account still exsts - I just can't seem to access it. And since now I am not even getting the log-in screen anymore, I'm not sure howKnowing this helps, other than seeing that my files are still there. I would welcome any and all advice regarding any and all of the issues I have described.


    PS: Sorry for the lengthy post, but I thought it best to give as much info as possible.
  2. journeybear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2012
    I may have answered the part of my question concerning transferring the files to my PC. It IS possible, but first I have to configure my Mac, as follows.

    Click "System Preferences" on the Mac, click "Network Settings" and then click "Built-in FireWire." Type the same IP address as the PC in the "I.P. Address" box under "Configure IPv4." Click the "Show All" button at the top of the dialog box, and then click "Sharing." Check the "Remote Login" box in the "Services Settings" box for the Windows PC to 'talk' to the Mac.

    All good and well, if I were able to boot up. Of course, if I could, this whole discussion would be moot. But as it stands, I need to know if it is possible to follow that procedure in Terminal, and if so, how. I hope there is a real divvy out there who is still fluent in Terminal. I know this is old school, real old school, but I retain a bit of my old optimism. ;-)
  3. kryten2, Oct 1, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    kryten2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    If you do that you'll get an IP conflict. Take a look at the networksetup command in Terminal.

    Example :

    networksetup -listallnetworkservices
    networksetup -setmanual FireWire
    Setup of Remote Login :

    systemsetup -setremotelogin on

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