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. Thanks! PS: Sorry for the lengthy post, but I thought it best to give as much info as possible.