Help!!! My Mac is messed up!!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Drew017, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Drew017 macrumors 65816

    Drew017

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    I just installed this stupid theme called snow tunes, and now nothing on my Mac works!!! I can't even launch one app... Especially finder!!! Please help!!!!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Is it the Mac in your signature?
    If not, what Mac is it and what Mac OS X version does it run?
    Do you have a backup? Do you have your install DVD?
     
  3. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yea... Its the one in the sig. I only have the tiger install disks. Can I partition my hard drive in terminal? I have terminal running in my dashboard.
     
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  5. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I got it from a site that said leopard themes. IS THERE ANY WAY TO PARTITION MY HARD DRIVE IN TERMINAL? I HAVE IT RUNNING IN MY DASHBOARD BECAUSE MY DOCK WORKS. I WILL TRY TO INSTALL TIGER, FIX THE INSTALL, AND BOOT LEOPARD BACK UP.
     
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417

    "If you're using Mac OS X 10.2 or later, you can start up your computer in Safe Mode, which includes an automatic disk check and repair."

    To start up into Safe Mode (to Safe Boot), do this:

    -Be sure your Mac is shut down.
    -Press the power button.
    -Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
    -Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
     
  7. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did that with no luck. what I need to know is how to partition my hard drive so I don't delete all my stuff and don't remove leopard.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    You could partition your HDD via Disk Utility started from the install DVD.

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    Links to guides on how to use Disk Utility, the application Mac OS X provides for managing internal and external HDD/SSDs and its formats.
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    Btw, where is your Leopard DVD?
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You cannot partition any drive while you are booted from it. You have to run from install disks.
     
  10. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Correct me if I'm mistaken (which has been known to happen) but doesn't creating/resizing a partition with Disk Utility off of the install disk also delete the contents of those partitions?

    I know it happened to me the last couple of times I did it.
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    As I haven't done that yet while booted from the Install DVD, I don't know for sure, but since there is that little plus icon in the Partitions tab, one might assume, that it works without deleting the entire HDD, though Tiger might be different.
     
  12. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    Do you have access to another Mac? Can you take yours to a friend or neighbor's who has a Mac? You could connect the two via Firewire and use Target Disk Mode to see if you can repair your OS HD installation or at least see it and be able to move whatever files you want to save before you reinstall the OS.
     
  13. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    You can if you're running Leopard or later.
     
  14. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys. I had to go back to tiger. I decided to sell on eBay to buys newer Mac.
     

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