System Preferences Broken Wont Launch

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  1. Eightbitgamer757 macrumors member

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    I have an iBookG4 running tiger and i accidentaly deleted system preferences and tried downloading the combo update (10.4.11) to see if that would help but it doesnt do any thing. would someone be able to post a download link or something? thanks for any help.

    BTW: I have no install disks as this was not origianally my laptop.
     
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  3. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    do you also by chance have the whole utilities folder as i dont have any working apps in the folder other than activity monitor Picture 4.png
     
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    This happened to me once on my G4DA and I can't remember what fixed it. I'll see if I can find it.
     
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    Thank you ill be patient (and what is a G4DA)
     
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    Power Mac G4 Digital Audio. I know I posted about it somewhere about 2-3 years ago, and I remember following up with the fix. I'll see if I can find that.
     
  7. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    do you have a ppc you can upload the files from?
     
  8. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    I think the best option is to reinstall OS X. If you search diligently, I'm sure you can find a copy of the Mac OS X 10.4 Retail DVD to purchase (or burn from iso) and then reinstall from disc.

    It's probably best to not trash your system apps and utilities :)
     
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    it would have to be the retail cds becuase this ibook g4 only has a cdrom drive, it cant even burn a cd-r
     
  10. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    OK. I was under the impression the iBook G4s had either a Combo Drive (DVD + CD-R) or SuperDrive.
     
  11. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    Even the combo drive was optional it says it in the user manual (pg 41)
     
  12. LightBulbFun macrumors 68000

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    all iBook G4s shipped with at least a Combo drive... which reads DVDs and allows you to burn CDs.

    so unless what you have is not an iBook G4 or its had its optical drive replaced by someone, you should have a drive capable of getting you an OS X installer disk burnt to allow you to reinstall the OS
     
  13. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    well then its probably been replaced by someone because the first time i tore it down there were screws missing all over the place and it has a smaller than usual hard drive (IBM travelstar 20.00 gb) unless thats how the hard drive came instead of the always mentioned 30.00 gb and every time i put a cd-r in it it spits it right back out. same with dvds
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  14. Slix macrumors 65816

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    This might be a silly question but it's worth asking: Do you happen to have access to another Mac with a CD/DVD drive? You could burn an installer from that Mac and then use it on the iBook.
     
  15. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    No, I do not have another mac with a cd/dvd drive, but if i can get the installer file i can get the laptop to boot from usb. but then again, i would have to format it which is why i need disk utility
     
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    Are you still able to use terminal?
     
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    Thought I would point out that iBook G4s sold for education market were provided with standard CD-ROM, so no burner, no DVD, just CD reader. It's likely that your G4 was originally sold to a school.
    You can download a Tiger installer image file from MacintoshGarden
    Scroll down on that page to find download images for Tiger on both CDs and DVDs.
    The DVD image can easily be restored using Disk Utility to make an installer partition on an external drive. May preference would be for a Firewire external drive. Or, if you have discovered how to boot to USB on a PPC, you can do that with a USB flash drive.
     
  19. Eightbitgamer757 thread starter macrumors member

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    That is why i need disk utility so i can make a partition but i dont have disk utility that works

    My ibook g4 is also in 15 pieces right now waiting for me to get around to put it back together. It has a cd-rom drive that is labeled quantum storage inc. and has a date from 2005 but my ibook was made in early 04' so someone probably replaced it sometime during it's life
     
  20. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    Try downloading, unzipping and putting the attached back into your Utilities folder. That should help to get things back on track.
     

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    thank you i will try it as soon as i get the laptop back together from its current state
     
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    the disk utility works. now to find the right file...
     
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    I accidentally don’t have a working ppc anymore. Tried to fix backlight accidentally don’t have a working hard drive anymore:(:mad::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::(:(:(:(:(
     

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