login stuck on "Login Window Starting"

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bambazomke, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. bambazomke macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    When I turn on lap top (iBook G4 Mac OS x 10.3) i get the following message "Login Window Starting"

    I followed Apple support guidance - specifically safe start and performing the fsck then reboot process and neither works for me. I don't have the disks any more so I cant use them for reloading the software.

    I want to sell the laptop so i just want to format the HD. Is it possible to format from command lines?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    To format the HD, you need to boot from the install disk. You can't format a HD while you are running from it.

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