Getting 'panic: we are hanging here'

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jacksk58, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. jacksk58 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    I recently tried to apply an combo 10.3.9 update to my 10.3 Mac OS X 'Panther' G3 iMac.

    I started receiving the panics.

    I tried all of the possible key combos - only safe mode worked.
    and so does Open Firmware

    The CD's I have are not bootable.

    By following some instructions on the Internet -- that if you renamed /Library/*.plist files to something else it would default to factory settings and boot up.

    I renamed all */Library/* to */OldLibrary/*.

    Now I can't even get safe mode to come back - I get more panics now.

    I can see the files in those directories I renamed when I navigate through Open Firmware.

    I would at least like to get back to safe mode for now.

    My question is:

    Through Open Firmware, is there a way to rename the directories?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Ok, if I'm reading it correctly, you renamed the entire /Library folder /OldLibrary? If so, I'm not surprised your system wouldn't boot--you didn't move the preferences, you moved the entire system Library folder.

    What you wanted to do was clean out or otherwise move the contents of /Library/Preferences/ to see if the problem was settings related. Generally I haven't known that to be a case of panics, but I suppose it's possible.

    I'm not sure if Open Firmware can get to the file structure, but here's a resource on what, in theory, it can do:

    If you do manage to get /Library back where it's supposed to be and get into Safe Mode, you might try both repairing permissions and redownloading and re-applying the combo update; in at least some cases I've heard of that fixing things. Can't hurt, anyway.

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