Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 5:21 AM (in response to Mark Burr)
First thing to do was run FSCK (is Applejack okay to use?)
SuperDuper clone will NOT copy temp files and caches, things that a Safe Boot would delete and create, and let you try to repair on a new drive with Disk Warrior to repair drive which is your best best. Something else to look for corrupt files.
Also, you should already have
bootable backup clone or two
emergency boot drive to use for repairs and maintenance to run Disk Utility AND 3rd party disk repair.
I'd never do anything now other than clean install to another hard drive. You haven't repaired directory and other issues. Leave it as is and build a new OS boot drive foundation.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 5:43 AM (in response to Mark Burr)
applejack does the same thing and more than just doing FSCK.
What you seem to have missed is that I have removed the internal hard disk and am booting from a fresh brand new OS on an external and it has the same symptoms.
Booting from a USB with a fresh installer on it doesn't work either.
Boot drive and USB work fine on other machines with no problems.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 5:58 AM (in response to Mark Burr)
I know and used AJ in the past to clean caches, but it only uses fsck and not what Disk Warrior would.
Right, early AM and missed the rest.
And this is began using developer release? don't answer but take it up with beta/seed forums. No idea what it might have done.
I saw you wanted to add a new account BEFORE you had a stable system, then wanted to A&I (doesn't exist for 10.6, reinstalls only).
In all such matters: a bootable SuperDuper clone and Disk Warrior done regularly I see as MUST.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 6:31 AM (in response to The hatter)
ok, fsck & diskwarrior etc etc aside.
With the internal drive removed and only with an external boot drive (a fresh OS) the Mac Pro will still not fully boot and get to the desktop/finder.
This makes me wonder whether there is a hardware issue that safe mode bypasses.
I haven't tried the original DVD as the client has lost it.
For the record, I've been an Apple technician since 1987 so I know my way around the system
I've left it for now and will have another go later. Only thing I didn't try was to safe boot from the external or the usb stick.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 6:43 AM (in response to Mark Burr)
We have no way of knowing what's on these volumes you're trying to boot from. Usually if a volume boots only in safe mode, it's because there are incompatible third-party drivers on it. The only way you can be sure is to boot from a retail 10.6 DVD and reinstall. I'm assuming that the machine shipped with 10.5.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2011 8:52 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
The external drive contains the retail 10.5.6 installer and the 10.6.3 retail installer so no problems there.
The usb stick contains the retail 10.6.3 installer.
Yes the machine shipped with 10.5 originally.