5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 10:32 AM by Deborah Terreson
daleallan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 1.6 GHz G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11, 9.2.2 and java. It connects to internet thru DSL modem and Ethernet router. I can no longer get blue user login screen after OSX loading; black command line screen asks for Darwin login.  I have used "Applejack" auto for repair, but still no normal blue user login screen. What happened? How to fix?

Primary 80 GB drive nearly full except about 16 GB remaining. I have replaced DVD drive, but cannot readily open drive to use OSX disk or Disk Warrior 4 for further repair.

Seems like it can't find users on startup disk.

  • 1. Re: I have G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11 and java
    Deborah Terreson Level 3 Level 3 (940 points)

    You should be able to get drive tray to open by holding down the mouse button at boot..

     

    Deb.

  • 2. Re: I have G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11 and java
    japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    At the command line of the Darwin screen, type "reset-nvram" and press Return.

    Then, type "reset-all" and press return.

    The machine should reboot and, hopefully, boot normally.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1812

  • 3. Re: I have G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11 and java
    daleallan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can Darwin login as myself or as single user with "Command S" keys.  The "reset ... return" does not complete because it can't find BASH or it wants to know the terminal type. I don't know the type. Now what? I really think I want to use Disk Warrior because I do not want to reload the OSX, etc. Thank you for your initial reply and interest. (Also, I am using a 3 button Logitech mouse, not a 1 button Apple mouse.)

  • 4. Re: I have G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11 and java
    daleallan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can Darwin login as myself or as single user with "Command S" keys at startup. I am using a 3 button Logitech mouse, not a single button Apple mouse.  So far using the mouse will NOT open the DVD drawer (to boot from Disk Warrior) before the OSX is loaded from the hard drive. Now what?  Thank you for your initial reply and interest.

  • 5. Re: I have G5 PPC with OSX 10.4.11 and java
    Deborah Terreson Level 3 Level 3 (940 points)

    Hmmm..

     

    If that doesn't work, you're going to have to use a sticky finger to slide the drive door down, then once that's open, a bit of tape to hold it, then look on the front of the drive and there *should* be a pinhole somewhere (most likely down at the bottom of the opening, below the tray it will be hard to see) that you can put a paperclip into to pop the tray open a bit - then you *carefully* pull it out the rest of the way.

     

    It WILL have a bit of resistance to the pulling, but as long as you go slow and steady, it'll be fine. The little servo-motor that opens the door has a high gear-ratio so it's stiff.

     

    Good luck!

     

    Deb.

     

    Edit to add: Are you accessing this site wth another Mac? If so and it has a FireWire port on it, you can always start the G5 in Target Disk Mode and run the Disk Warrior from the working machine and fix it remotely. Is this a possibility?