- Aug 21, 2006
I turned on my ibook G4 (mac os x 10.3) and instead of it going to the login screen - the screen blacks out with a single line of text on the top. The text reads: -sh-2.05b#. Can anyone help.
That's the command prompt for single-user mode. Normally the only way to get into this mode is by holding Cmd-S during startup. The fact that it dropped you to a command prompt during normal startup probably means something fairly fundamental failed during the boot process. Since there's nothing else on the screen, it's kind of hard to tell what it might be.MissMax said:I turned on my ibook G4 (mac os x 10.3) and instead of it going to the login screen - the screen blacks out with a single line of text on the top. The text reads: -sh-2.05b#. Can anyone help.
All of the "no such file or directory" messages mean that critical system files are nowhere to be found on your disk. The "journal start/end pointers reset!" is also troubling because it could indicate a disk error of some sort. At best, it looks like the filesystem on your disk got royally screwed up. If you're lucky, perhaps it can be repaired, but I'm not too hopeful. At worst, your disk may be physically going bad, in which case it would need to be replaced ASAP.MissMax said:/etc/rc: /etc/rc: No such file or directory
jnl:journal start/end pointers reset! (jnl 0x100edc4; s 0x314600 e 0x314600
/etc/rc.boot:/etc/rc.boot:No such file or directory
After typing Option 3 typing [tail -40 /var/log/system.log]
I get “No such file or directory”
Thanks... efforts seem to be in vain thoughWildCowboy said:I don't really have any advice to offer, but I needed to post in this thread to thank MissMax for being an absolute model of what the regulars here at MR like to see from people who need help. You follow instructions explicitly and provide great feedback with complete results from your efforts.
Dealing with posters like this is so much more enjoyable than those who say "My MAC doesn't work!" and then force you to pull teeth to figure out what's going on. Thank you for being so clear in your posts and for being so cooperative! It sounds like you unfortunately have some serious problems, but the folks here will do (and are doing) their best to get you patched up.