If you can't boot into Safe Mode there might be directory damage.
Can you boot from your install disk while holding down the C key?
Insert Installer disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.
Go to Installer menu (Panther and earlier) or Utilities menu (Tiger and later) and launch Disk Utility.
Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.
Select First Aid in the Main panel.
(Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)
Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.
If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.
If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.
Now try booting in Safe Mode to trouble shoot Word.
Microsoft for Mac Solution Center
If you download DW, you will have a .dmg file. What you need to do is burn that .dmg file to a CD or DVD. Then you can use that disk to repair the PowerBook.
Didn't know you were military. When you booted from the install disk and ran Disk Utility did you try to repair the disk with just one pass?
Did you purchase DiskWarrior yet? I might have another idea could save you some money.
Thanks again for the tips. (I'm living outside of the US, by the way, but I'm not in the military.)
As I mentioned in my previous post, I tried to repair the disk using Disk Utility about 10 times. And no, I was just about to buy Disk Warrior when I saw the end of your post here. What's your idea? I was about to download DW...
It appears your solution about burning the dmg file won't work, BTW. According to Alsoft's site:
In order to use the download copy of DiskWarrior, you will need to start up from another disk with Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.5.x installed. You will then need to run a copy of DiskWarrior from a disk that is not the disk you are repairing. (The DiskWarrior download does not include the Apple System files necessary to create a startup disc.)
But I figure I should be able to start in target disk mode from another machine. Eager to hear your idea, though.
The idea was to try and work around the DW .dmg issue and a startup disk. Way different from having the actual disk in hand to boot from.
Your best bet would be to purchase DW and wait until you receive the actual disk and instructions from Alsoft.
Check this out. http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070204093925888
Also, have you tried booting from the install disk and doing an Erase and Install???
Sigh. I tried the tip at MacOSxhints and now I think I've made a real mess of things.
It didn't work. I noted the post in that thread warning of the necessity to remount the unmounted drive I tried to repair. Not being a Terminal expert, I had a tough time figuring out how to remount. I thought I finally did it with
diskutil mount /dev/disk0s3
I get a message that the drive is mounted. But when I quit out of Terminal and try to select a startup disk, the one on my hard drive is no longer visible. If I boot Disk Utility (again, from the installation disk -- I haven't restarted yet), I can select the hard drive. But when I try to Verify or Repair Disk, I get the error "Verify volume failed with error Could not unmount disk."
I'm at a loss now. Is it mounted? Unmounted? What can I do to boot from it again?
Well, according to DiskWarrior my news isn't good: "DiskWarrior has successfully built a new directory for the disk named “Macintosh HD.” The new directory cannot replace the original directory because of a disk malfunction. A disk malfunction is a failure of or damage to any mechanical component of the disk device, or any component connected to it."
So I suppose my HD is on its way out, although it's not exhibiting much in the way of problems yet, and the S.M.A.R.T. status is still verified. And, rather interestingly, I can no longer use Disk Utility to Verify or Repair disk when I'm booted up from an external drive. I get this message:
Repairing disk failed with error Could not unmount disk
Which just seems weird, since this is the same way I'm running DiskWarrior.
I love this PowerBook but I'm not sure I want to invest the time or expense in replacing the HD in a PowerPC-based machine. I assume new apps will soon be demanding more than that chip can handle. Does this message of doom from DiskWarrior generally reliably indicate the drive is beyond repair?
Thanks, Carolyn, and to anyone who wants to chime in.