Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2011 9:45 AM (in response to ajh103)
Hi, it's not clear how you backed up to what, or what you removed at all?
Does it boot into any of these modes?
Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...
Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.
(Space between fsck AND -fy important).
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...
We might get clues with verbose mode...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2011 4:06 PM (in response to ajh103)
iMac G5 won't start...
Did it boot from any of those other modes?
Could be many things, we should start with this...
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."
Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.
(Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)
If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2011 5:02 PM (in response to ajh103)
I think you have two choices...
Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...
It'll boot like a newly setup Mac, but all your stuff should still be there once filling out the stuff.
Or, an Archive & Install, which gives you a new/old OS, but can preserve all your files, pics, music, settings, etc., as long as you have plenty of free disk space...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2011 8:52 PM (in response to ajh103)