Start up problems...

edge540

macrumors regular
Original poster
May 10, 2004
213
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Indiana
One of my computers is contantly booting into UNIX from the start. If I type "reboot" it restarts the computer and the apple sign appears... then it just goes back to the black screen with the white letters. Does anyone know how to start the computer up, into 10.3.8, using UNIX commands? This is really anoying as i cant use my computer.
Thanks,
Bryan
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
22,910
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Andover, MA
Do you have the OS install CD's? If so, put disk 1 in and hold the 'C' key while booting - you should be able to see what's going on, set the startup disk if appropriate, and reinstall OS X if necessary.
 

edge540

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Original poster
May 10, 2004
213
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Indiana
hahaha... If only it was that easy. I forgot to mention that there is a cd... stuck in the drive... it wont eject no mater what... and we have tried everything. so now we have 2 problems. the cd is stuck.. and the computer wont start booting into UNIX... ANY help would be appriciated...
Thanks
 

Col. Panic

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Oct 20, 2004
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Connecticut
edge540 said:
hahaha... If only it was that easy. I forgot to mention that there is a cd... stuck in the drive... it wont eject no mater what... and we have tried everything. so now we have 2 problems. the cd is stuck.. and the computer wont start booting into UNIX... ANY help would be appriciated...
Thanks
Did you try using the official optical media extraction tool; a bent paperclip?
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Adelaide, Australia
Man that sucks. Could you try booting over a network? I'm really no expert on this and I personally would have no idea how to do this from UNIX. It (hopefully) might just be a matter of linking two Macs with ethernet... Assuming you have access to another Mac.

Good luck with it.
 

edge540

macrumors regular
Original poster
May 10, 2004
213
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Indiana
We finally decided to do it the hard way seeing as nothing else was working. it was on old slot loading imac. So we took it apart... opened up the cd drive... removed the disk... and then reformated and reinstall the OS. Sounds kinda a pain in the butt... but it had to be done... thanks for all the suggestions...
 

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