6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2008 8:27 AM by HociMan
xserver G4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an xserver dual G4 1.2 GHZ I just loaded Leopard Server 10.5 on the server which seemed to work just fine.

I then proceed to the updates and it downloaded them and install. Once I rebooted I get the fallowing.

The machine dose not boot to the GUI anymore.

Matching service count 0
Matching service count 3
Matching service count 3

then nothing happens. sits there with a blinking cursor

xserver G4, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,340 points)
    Hi

    If you TDM the XServe do you see in addition to the usual stuff a 'net' and 'boot' folder?

    If you do try and repair permissions.

    Tony
  • xserver G4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Tony,

    Well first let me say I am BRAND new to MAC servers. I have used the desktops here and there but I'm not a MAC genius by any means.

    So my first question is what do you mean TDM the server and once I do that how would I repair the permissions?
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,340 points)
    Hi

    TDM is nothing special to XServes or Servers, neither is there anything 'genius' about it. You've been able to Target Disk Mode any mac with a firewire port for quite a few years now. Basically you take a firewire cable - can be fw400 or fw800 - if your Xserve has an 800 port? It's been some time but I think there's one on the front? Failing that there should be one on the back. You connect one end of the cable to any firewire port on your XServe, the other end to any other mac you like and within reach. You attach a keyboard to your XServe. Power it down and now power it back up again. This time hold down the 'T' key on the keyboard. Wait a short while and you should see the XServe's boot drive appear on the other mac's desktop as a slave drive. Release the 'T' key.

    Inspect its contents. Use Disk Utility on the host mac to repair permissions.

    Tony
  • idontlikescreennames Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Minor correction, you won't be able to repair the permissions with the Server in Target Mode, however, you should be able to run Disk Utility's Repair Disk function which should resolve any issues you have with it sitting there blinking the cursor at you. If you need to repair permissions, you will need to boot off of the OS X Server installation DVD and run Disk Utility from the Utilities Menu. Hope this helps.
  • xserver G4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok here is where I am at.

    I target booted it and ran the disk utility and a disk repair. I then rebooted the xserver same issue.

    So I was going to boot of the Leopard DVD and try and repair the permissions but for the life of me I can't get it to boot of the external DVD Drive connected Via fire wire. Internal the xserver has a cd-rom drive and 2 hard drives.

    I have tried holding down the "C" key while booting and nothing

    I held in the ID key on the xserver until it started flashing while booting and all that happens is the internal drive ejects the screen gose blank and nothing with the fire wire drive.

    Also when I'm booting the xserve off the internal HD. I get a bunch of messages before the blinking cursor that say can't find dependency and then an erorr loading driver.

    I could always pull out the drive and slave it to my macbook pro and load OSX server again. But wouldn't that cause other problems since its not the same hardware? I know I would have the partition issue but that can be solved fairly easily with CCC.

    Originally I loaded leopard by Target booting the server off my macbook pro and using that DVD. The install went fine but after the updates is when all these issues started happening. Any suggestions?
  • HociMan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    xserver G4 wrote:

    So I was going to boot of the Leopard DVD and try and repair the permissions but for the life of me I can't get it to boot of the external DVD Drive connected Via fire wire. Internal the xserver has a cd-rom drive and 2 hard drives.


    I don't think this is possible. To boot from an optical disc, I believe it needs to be in the optical drive inside the chassis (with the exception of the MacBook Air of course).