Repairing startup disk problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Penelope636, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Penelope636 macrumors member

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    Here's info about my computer:
    Machine Model: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.7)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 350 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 100 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.2.8f1
    Serial Number: 0B951999HLA
    Sales Order Number: 00010015550B951999


    Received message stating that my startup disk was full.

    Shut down computer and put MacOSX Install Disc 1 & restarted to get to First Aid

    Message received:

    First Aid Failed
    Disk Utility stopped verifying permissions on MAC OSX Installed Disk 1 because the following error was encountered

    No valid packages.

    Can anyone help??

    Thank You

    Penny
     
  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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  3. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    no I did not...I'm assuming by your question that that is the first step!
     
  4. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    well, does shutting down the computer and restarting solve the problem?

    is this the first time that you've experienced this problem?
     
  5. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    originally shut down and restarted...have not done again.

    To my knowledge this is first time I have had this message.

    In your opinion should I back-up...and if so, any suggestions??
     
  6. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2023 has some info about the "No Valid Packages" error you're describing. If there is no room on the startup disk you cannot do an Archive and Install of the system, it would have to be a full-erase. Backing up is always prudent, not just in this situation. If you have another Mac, backup the home folder of your user or anything else vital that is still remaining on the Mac before reformatting it and starting anew.
     
  7. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    if you can backup your files, then do it, before trying to repair your machine...
     
  8. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank You...

    red Apple and Jedi Meister.

    The problem has been solved, and suffice to say it was not a problem with my mac...it was the operator!

    I'm grateful for this forum, and am about ready to bite the bullet and upgrade...dependent on feedback.

    Thanks again!

    Penny
     

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