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Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by AlexSiBook, Dec 20, 2016.
I need help with my iBook G4, as said in the title. I have no install disc, so keep that in mind
The computer will normally only boot into single user mode if you explicitly tell it to by hold command+S.
Once you're done doing what you need, type "reboot" and it should boot normally
For some reason that didn't fix the issue. I tried it on Terminal in single user mode and in the command+a terminal
Err.let me get this straight, you have no desktop? Just a window with text and a prompt?
I get a desktop. Is that not single user mode? There's a terminal program on Mac OS X on the desktop
Send a pic
That is normal. So what do you think is wrong here?
I can't log out of System Administrator
Are there any other users on the machine?
Go to the apple menu and click log out
That's what I've been trying. I can't use that, logout, shutdown, or restart either
What does it do whenever you try to do that? You aren't exactly providing details.
It does nothing. It doesn't respond to those actions
Try repairing the disk permissions from Disk Utility
Helpful. Short sentences like "Not working" are not the best way to obtain assistance.
Does it give you any messages when you ran disk utility? The more information you can give the better.
There are no unusual or error messages
Again, not helpful. At this point, because you aren't giving us useful descriptions with words, I can only recommend that you try to make a short video of you booting the machine to the desktop, then trying to log out from the menu and make sure the video shows what you're doing and what happens to the machine when you do it.
At this point, just download a copy of any OS X version compatible with your iBook of your choice, burn it and install it. I don't think this back and forth stuff is going to get anyone anywhere. A clean operating system will likely fix your issue permanently.
Check out parameters used in single user mode:
To reboot without forcing with power button, in Terminal type sudo reboot or to turn off, sudo shutdown -h now
I think you are right on the mark here, the OP's posts including the posted picture of a GUI desktop do not indicate single user mode to me.
There surely is no Apple menu for him to click "log out" from, not in Single User mode.
bunnspecial's post re: single user mode is spot on, it would appear the OP is dealing with a different issue which he has not explained very well.
Try reading all the thread
After multiple (frustrating) rounds of three word sentences ... it's already been determined the OP isn't in single user mode and (I assume) got terminology mixed up. The Log Off, Shutdown, Restart options in the GUI are not working, which is nothing to do with SUM. Probably an issue with permissions or Finder throwing a fit.
Here's the iBook booting up. I am new to this iBook, so that is why I'm having trouble understanding what's happening