No, this isn't the problem with strange messages when you repair permissions. This is serious -- and damn strange. My machine starting acting all screwy last night -- start-up was stopped at the gray Apple screen before the gearwheel is visible -- and no amount of repair or start-up options would fix it. I was led to do something I've almost never had to do: reinstall the OS. Now, the machine will boot, but it's acting as if I'm not the administrator, which I am. I can't even access the second drive in the machine ("you do not have sufficient access priveleges"). I repaired permissions. I've set up a new admin account. I've checked in the Accounts Preferfence that I'm operating as Admin. When I go to Get Info on the second drive, it tells me I have "Custom" access, and won't let me change the Permissions settings, even after I type in my password. I've got a hunch all this -- the failure to boot last night and the permissions problems this morning -- are all connected, but I can't figure out to what. Nothing else in my system has changed in months. Suggestions anyone? Please??