iBook booting problem?

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

  1. MeganRose macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2008
    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

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    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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