My Mac Pro is Not Booting

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by addins, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. addins macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2011
    2x2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory 6GB
    Running 10.5.8

    My mac pro has 4 Partitions 2 for Data, 2 Operating OSX in that one is osx 10.5.8, and the other one is OSX Lion 10.7

    Mainly i work with OSX 10.5.8 because all my Applications are installed in this including my parallel desktops with windows and much more, so i can not think of formatting it.

    Mac mac Pro osx 10.5.8 was working just fine until i accidentally deleted the HOSTS file in the folder \private\etc, from this time onwards my osx 10.5.8 is stays on gray screen with the circling logo. how can i put back my Hosts file or how can i fix this problem.

    No problem for me booting with the other partition with osx LION but i want my osx 10.5.8 till my Lion becomes standard with all my current Applications

    Please help me to fix this problem
    Thank You
  2. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003

    Boot into OS X Lion, and copy this file into your 10.5.8's /private/etc/.

    Don't forget to remove the .txt in th filename.

    It's a basic hosts file that should do the trick.


    Attached Files:

  3. addins thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2011
    First of all Thank You Loa, trying to help me out.
    Actually i tried that option but the problem is when the system is not active, i think you cannot go in to that folder or may me i don't know to go in to that folder, can you please tell me how to go in to that folder using go to folder command option /private/etc when the system is not active.

    when the system is not active all these folders and files are hidden i think.

    Please find a way out

    thank you
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Why not boot into 10.7 and move the file from there? Go>Go to Folder>

    Put Loa's text file in it.
    Reboot to 10.5.8.
    You can do this from shell too or target disk mode or USB stick...
  5. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    this should work for you

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