powerbook won't boot up, don't have os disks

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bbboodlesmom, May 5, 2011.

  1. bbboodlesmom macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    I had a perfectly great working powerbook g4. I was trying to get it ready to send off to a new owner. I went into single user mode, and typed in this

    /sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
    /sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
    rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
    reboot [Enter]

    My computer came back with error messages saying Volume Check Failed. It will not boot now when turned on. It just comes to apple screen with twirling icon, and then shuts down. I don't know how to reverse what I did. It was working perfectly. I do not have os disks, as I bought it resale also. I have had it for 6months with no issues. I am freaking out!!! I can't do a safe mode boot. I did get it to boot up as if it was brand new. Put in all info, thought it was fixed, then when it said to restart so that the changes could take place, it went back to not booting up. Spent 6 hours looking and trying everything. Any help???
  2. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    hmmmmmm, you might want to look for a cheap set of OS X disks, sounds like you corrupted something. also, it could possibly be hard drive issue that happened at the worst possible time :eek:
  3. Strimkind macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2009
    I second this. I have had a Mac Mini fail a whole ton of tests on diskwarrior and even tests performed at a store (previous owner did this). A quick wipe from the 10.4 disk I had around and it worked great! I expect a corrupt system/volume is the most likely of issues. You may be able to borrow disks from someone to perform the install.

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