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Aug 2, 2013 6:46 AM

Dear all, have just installed Leopard Server on my imac G5 PPC 20 inch (pre isight). I was upgrading from the client (non server) of 10.4.11

It was a erase and install job (the only way it would have it). Did it last night. Worked fine then. Have 10.4 bootable copy with my Data back up on an external HD (firewire connected).

This morning I chose to start up from the previous 10.4 OS boot disk to check it was working - it was. I then selected to boot up from the new install of Leopard via Startup disk in System Prefs and after startup it would not go past the Login screen - It just would not accept my details. I'm pretty sure I remember them - I only put them in last night!

 

I then trawled the support pages to find a workaround. Nothing works. I can't start in safe mode, can't switch OS, can't enter single user mode, can't start up from the install CD. It appears that no keyboard commands are being accepted!

 

From the support pages I can see that Leopard has issues at Login, however, I've not seen anything like this there!

I can't work out what on earth to do next.

 

Are there any nice geniuses out there that can shed any light on this issue?

 

I await any replies with anticipation!

 

Thanks....

 

P Mason...

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 2, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to pymason)

    Hello, does holding Option or alt key at bootup show any boot options?

     

    Might you have this setup?

     

    Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1352

     

    It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option boot will show a lock, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 3, 2013 3:14 PM (in response to pymason)

    Let's see if we can make a new admin user to get into 10.5, make sure it's set to try to boot from 1.5 first.

     

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...

     

    http://theappleblog.com/2008/06/22/reset-os-x-password-without-an-os-x-cd/

     

    Admin Hack...

     

    http://www.hackmac.org/?q=node/4

     

    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 3, 2013 4:05 PM (in response to pymason)

    I think it's likely a flaky KB right now. Is it USB or Wifi KB?

     

    If you can boot into 10.4.11, you could hand delete that file on the 10.5 drive, then reboot to the 10.5 drive.

     

    Of course it's a hidden file, do you know how to use Terminal to navigate & such?

     

    10.5 Drive/private/var/db/.AppleSetupDone

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 4, 2013 6:39 PM (in response to pymason)

    Great work so far!        :)

     

    Check the Accounts pref pane or Users folder at root to sse how many users are there... any chance that user's home folder got renamed?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 5, 2013 4:41 PM (in response to pymason)

    Use Migration Assitant to import all the old stuff, it'll be a new Admin user when done that you'll need to log into to use all the old stuff.

     

    I'd leave the admin account you just made for emergency use.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 5, 2013 4:43 PM (in response to pymason)

    No apologies beeded!

     

    So, have you used Migration Assistant yet?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Aug 6, 2013 4:12 PM (in response to pymason)

    Have  you looked in Applications>Utilities for it?

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