Mac freezes before login

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mellows, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. mellows macrumors newbie

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    I'm using a friends mac, which is PowerPC based and running OSX 10.4.6

    I tried twice to upgrade it to 10.4.11 but it failed. Then my brother started playing chess but it froze, so he pulled out the power cable.

    Now when I turn it on it gets to the screen before the login screen where the blue bar would generally fill up, but the blue doesn't start at all. I have tried booting in safe mode, which made no difference, and also used fsck, which found and fixed an error but this didn't change anything.

    I don't have the install disc and it will be very hard for me to come by one. Is there any way I can fix this?

    Note: I have good knowledge of computers, so will understand technical stuff, but I have limited mac experience.
     
  2. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    OS could be corrupted due to failed updates to 10.4.11.

    Also a chance the HDD could be toast. I'd say you need to rock a clean install on it, so get your hands on a set of disks. I think that's going to be your first step.
     
  3. jsgrabo macrumors regular

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    dunno what to tell you other than get yourself some install disks. you may be able to google around and find a bootable disk repair software. repairing permissions may do the trick but you'll need something you can boot off of.
     
  4. mellows thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I guess I'll just have to get hold of the install discs, as I don't currently have the means to download anything...
     
  5. mellows thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help guys. I managed to get it sorted.
     

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