iBook booting problem?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MeganRose, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. MeganRose macrumors newbie

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    Apr 6, 2008
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    I started up my iBook today and it took me all the way through sign-in to my desktop before giving me a grey overlay with a little box saying that I need to restart. So I did and then it took me to my desktop again before scrolling code across the screen in a very messy, un-mac-like way.
    I tried getting into safe boot (restarting and pressing shift from after the tone until the apple and wheel show up) and it just ran the apple and wheel grey start-up screen for a while before kicking back into a normal restart and giving me the earlier results.
    So I went and got myself into single-user mode and ran the fsck -yf command. It told me this:
    Checking Catalog file
    Invalid extent entry
    (4, 190)
    Volume check failed

    Is there any way to fix this, to save my computer? I don't know anything about code or computers. My general mode of operation has been "I bought a /mac/. I shouldn't ever have to look at code." So simple explainations are muchly appreciated.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Adelaide, Australia
    #2
    Salvage what you can from the drive because it looks like you need a new one. If you have access to another Mac and a Firewire cable, then Target Disk Mode may be your best bet. Good luck. :)
     

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