6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2008 5:42 PM by Toki1612
Toki1612 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, this is my first major crisis. My Mac Book does not boot up and stays on the boot screen with the Apple logo and the wheel keeps spinning then after few minutes restarts itself then repeats the proccess indefinitely.
Disk Utility repaire performed from the install DVD.
Tried to boot from Install DVD and selected HD to start up disk, same thing happens.
It does not seem to find my account to start up.

There was a problem today loading files into newly installed Logic Pro7. It required authentications to load audio files from HD. I have imported info, files, software and etc from my old Powerbook G4 667MHz (OSX 10.3.9using networking and it seemed to have imported my account info as well.
This has not caused a problem till today, except it began to ask for authentication/password to move folders or files in and out of HD which I believe was a problem for Logic to load in files.
I and my mate somehow found a way to rewrite access to the files and possibly have rewrote access to all the files on my HD. There were my current account, my old account from old HD which had write/read access but there was also everybody account as well and it only had read only access. Logic worked well after rewriting access then after shutting down the system. I am back at home trying to start the laptop
but it is saddly not starting as it always have done.

Tried to start by holding down command + S key ( Single user mode ) but no success.
The screen goes into PC language then at the bottom says if you want to boot the system:
Exit.
Exit?

I only have my Powerbook( 10GB HD space) or External HD 29GB.

Can anyone solve this problem?

Thank you for your help.

MacBook 2GHz Intel Dual, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    Toki1612 wrote:
    Hello, this is my first major crisis. My Mac Book does not boot up and stays on the boot screen with the Apple logo and the wheel keeps spinning then after few minutes restarts itself then repeats the proccess indefinitely.
    Disk Utility repaire performed from the install DVD.
    Tried to boot from Install DVD and selected HD to start up disk, same thing happens.
    It does not seem to find my account to start up.

    There was a problem today loading files into newly installed Logic Pro7. It required authentications to load audio files from HD. I have imported info, files, software and etc from my old Powerbook G4 667MHz (OSX 10.3.9using networking and it seemed to have imported my account info as well.
    This has not caused a problem till today, except it began to ask for authentication/password to move folders or files in and out of HD which I believe was a problem for Logic to load in files.
    I and my mate somehow found a way to rewrite access to the files and possibly have rewrote access to all the files on my HD.


    That sounds very very ominous. One of popular ways to totally fubar your system is to change permissions on your whole hard drive and use "apply to enclosed items" button to propagate it to all drive contents. If you did that (and it sounds like it) you need to do an archive and install.
  • Toki1612 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi V.K.

    Thanks for your advice.
    I think I am gonna have to look into Archive and Install procedure.

    Many thanks.

    Toki
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    use [this link for A&I instructions|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1710?viewlocale=en_US]. also, NEVER use "apply to enclosed items" button on your startup drive and any system created folders. that includes your home folder, your desktop folder, Applications folder etc.
  • Toki1612 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi V.K.

    May I ask you another question?
    Is there anyway to back up my files before performing Archive and install?
    Obviously not booting up so I am not sure how I can even connect my other computer or external HD.
    If you have any suggestions. please let me know.

    Many thanks,

    Toki
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    if you have another mac you can do it. reboot your mac and hold "t" at the chime. this will boot it in target mode. connect it to another mac and it will show up as an external drive. back up what you need.

    Message was edited by: V.K.
  • Toki1612 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi V.K.

    I have just read through Archive and Install feature.
    I've got a bit of work to do tomorrow.
    I really don't recall coming accross "Apply to enclosed items", however my mate who is already asleep, unaware of what is happening and what I'm going through,was present and it is sometimes easy to hit keys if it's not your laptop. I shall find out tomorrow.
    Yes, it is a lesson learned.

    Many thanks,

    Toki