How to exit single user mode on iBook G4?

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  1. AlexSiBook macrumors newbie

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    I need help with my iBook G4, as said in the title. I have no install disc, so keep that in mind
     
  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    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
     
  3. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For some reason that didn't fix the issue. I tried it on Terminal in single user mode and in the command+a terminal
     
  4. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Err.let me get this straight, you have no desktop? Just a window with text and a prompt?
     
  5. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I get a desktop. Is that not single user mode? There's a terminal program on Mac OS X on the desktop
     
  6. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Yeah...thats normal.

    Send a pic
     
  7. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    That is normal. So what do you think is wrong here?
     
  9. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't log out of System Administrator
     
  10. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Are there any other users on the machine?
     
  11. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes
     
  12. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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  13. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I've been trying. I can't use that, logout, shutdown, or restart either
     
  14. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    What does it do whenever you try to do that? You aren't exactly providing details.
     
  15. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It does nothing. It doesn't respond to those actions
     
  16. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Try repairing the disk permissions from Disk Utility
     
  17. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not working
     
  18. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  19. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There are no unusual or error messages
     
  20. chabig macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  21. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  24. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  25. AlexSiBook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_y7ytAmGJ7Lb1pzU2hBMDlvNEU/view?usp=drivesdk
    Here's the iBook booting up. I am new to this iBook, so that is why I'm having trouble understanding what's happening
     

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