Help, OSX doesnt load...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MaCaDDiCT21, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. MaCaDDiCT21 macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2004
    Chandler, AZ
    My computer is a little old...but it still works great...

    800MHZ iMac
    256MB RAM
    80GB HDD
    OSX 10.4.(newest)

    I booted it up this morning, logged in, and my background loaded but finder didnt...

    Ive had this computer for awhile now and its never done this bafore...its has a lot of pictures and important files that I CANNOT atleast like to back these up and reinstall-10.4 or 10.3....

    Anyone have any ideas? I also have a Ubuntu Boot Disk for PPC, if I needed to load an OS to back up files, but i dont know how to change my computer to boot from the CD there a way to get into the BIOS or something like that???
  2. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    If you have another Mac, you can use FireWire target disk mode to access the hard drive in your iMac. If you want to boot from a CD, just hold down the 'C' key while booting your Mac. You should be able to do an archive and install to reinstall the OS without losing any of your files, but if I were in your position, I'd personally try to back everything up before doing that.

    Before you do any of that, try a few things. Does your Dock load? If so, try holding control and option and clicking on the Finder icon in the dock and click Relaunch. If you have access to the Terminal, (ie. it's in your Dock), open it up and type:

    open "/Applications/Utilities/Disk"

    That will open Disk Utility so that you can repair permissions. That may be enough to get Finder to work again. FWIW, I quit Finder and have typed this whole message with it not running. Finder is not necessary for OS X to work. Of course, it's hard to do anything without using Finder, but if you can open Terminal somehow, you'll be able to launch applications and move, copy and delete files.
  3. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Try clicking on the Finder icon in the dock, the one to the far left. Does the Finder load then?
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Boot off the Tiger install DVD (or CD) and try "repair disk" followed by "repair disk permissions" in Disk Utility.

    Also, you should back up your data regularly as needed. Hard drives fail.
  5. MaCaDDiCT21 thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2004
    Chandler, AZ
    the dock doesnt even load...

    the only thing that loads is the background...
  6. Honchy macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2008
    Why hasnt anyone answered?! I hae the same problem, Only the Background loads!

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