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joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
Whenever i open Terminal, Terminal - login - 80x24 pops up on the title bar ad everything is completely blank. I could type and everything but nothing happens.

Before seeing this, i actually tried to edit something from it, and then it just managed to be like that, how could i get it back and fix this?! Help pls! Questions are highly appreciated upon this problem.

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)
    Try deleting /Home/Library/Preferences/
  • joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
    I already did. It's moved to the Trash. I reopened Terminal, but still the same!
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)
    Next step:

    Repairing the Hard Drive and Permissions

    Boot from your OS X Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Installer menu (Utilities menu for Tiger and Leopard.) After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list. In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive. If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer. Now restart normally.

    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior and/or Tech Tool Pro to repair the drive. If you don't have either of them or if neither of them can fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X.
  • KJK555 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Drag "~/Library/Preferences/" to the desktop and restart terminal.

    If that doesn't fix it, you most likely will have to reinstall it (using pacifist), or restore it from
    a backup.
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)
    Already tried, but it didn't help.
  • joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
    How do you reinstall it? Do you mean i have to delete Terminal first?
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)
    How to Use Pacifist to Replace Deleted or Missing OS X Components

    Insert the OS X Installer DVD into the optical drive. Use a simple utility like TinkerTool to toggle invisibility so you can see invisible items. Alternatively, open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder and at the prompt enter the following:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles Yes
    Press RETURN.

    To turn off the display of invisible files repeat the above command substituting No for Yes.

    The install packages are located in the /System/Installation/ folder on the DVD.

    Download the shareware utility Pacifist from VersionTracker or MacUpdate. Use it to extract a fresh copy of the missing item(s) from the file archives on your OS X installation DVD. The file archives are in the /System/Installations/ folder (use Go to Folder option in the Go menu of the Finder.)

    Here are Four Basic ways to use Pacifist (courtesy of George Orville.)

    A. Drag a .pkg icon onto the Pacifist window .....proceed to step 7.

    B. Click on “Open Package ....” and navigate to package desired and click “Open” in the open/save window.....proceed to step 7.

    C. Insert Mac OS X installer CD and when it mounts, navigate to .... Menu->Go->Go to Folder.
    In the path field enter or paste ....

    /Volumes/disc name/System/Installation/Packages (where disc name is the name of the CD/DVD that you inserted.

    • Click on the "Go" button .....
    • Drag a .pkg to Pacifist..... proceed to step 7.
    The package you'll need will have to be discovered by trial and error, but for most applications you should start with the Essentials.pkg and/or Additional Essentials.pkg.

    D. Insert your Mac OS X install disk 1 .... and open Pacifist.
    1. In Pacifist, select "Open Mac OS X Install Packages" ... dialog may appear asking for disk 2, then disk 3 and finally disk 1 again.... {if DVD is not used)...If “Stop Loading” is selected...the procedure will stop!!!

    2a. When loading is complete, a new window appears, click the triangle to display contents of each package...Select item and proceed to step 7.

    2b. or click the “Find” icon in the Pacifist window and type the name of the software you need.

    3. In the list that comes back, click the top most entry for the item that you want. ..... that is the one for the English language.

    4. On the top of the Pacifist window, click “verify” .... you will probably be prompted for your password.

    5. Enter checks for.... “verify permissions” and “verify file contents.” and click “verify” ....enter password when prompted.... you will get back output which may look like this:

    20 files were scanned.
    20 of 20 files were present on the hard disk.
    0 of 20 files had file permissions that did not match those specified in the package.
    0 of 20 files had checksums that did not match those specified in the package.

    6. Click “close”. Go to step 7.

    Extract or Install........

    7. In the Toolbar (upper left), you now have the option to extract or install. Click a file in the lower list and those two icons will be enabled.

    8. If “Extract to...” is selected.... navigate to the location where the file will be placed, select “choose”, select “extract” in new dialog that appears,authenicate , if prompted, click “OK”.

    9. In the next dialog, click “Extract”.

    10. If “Install” is selected... dialog will appear with the location/path of the installed software. Click “Install”

    11. Type in your password, click “OK”

    • Pacifist will begin to extract files.

    12. In steps 8/10ß.... you also have the choice to “cancel”


    • Pacifist may find that a file it is installing already exists on the hard disk. Pacifist will present you with an alert panel....

    Leave original alone
    Update ..... Default selection
    Replace .... Replace option should only be used on full install packages
  • joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
    I really don't get it and not rather do those steps because seems so complicated.

    Are there any more methods to try that doesn't involved using any CD or any uninstalling?!
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)
    They aren't that difficult. Just follow the numbers. Otherwise you would need to reinstall OS X again which is more time consuming that using Pacifist which is a good tool to learn.
  • joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you! But the problem is i don't know how to do this, like it's lacking additional info cause i'm new to Mac, is there any site that requires to share your monitor onto a tech guide.

    I really can't do this cause i don't understand it and i will mess it up. I need someone to do it for me!
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Since you're finding the simple steps Kappy laid out, just do this. Nothing but the operating system files will be replaced, leaving everything else intact.

    Boot with your Snow Leopard install disc, select your language, and reinstall the software, after it restarts, launch System Preferences (it's on the Dock), select Software Update, and check now for updates. Install any that show up, After the machine restarts, launch Disk Utility (in /Applications/UItilities/), select your boot volume, not the disk, and repair permissions. Restart and everything WRT Terminal should be in place.
  • KJK555 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Here are pacifist's instructions:

    The steps are easy (after installing pacifist):
    1. insert install dvd
    2. Open Apple Install Disc (with Pacifist)
    3. After packages load, use pacifist search window to find
    (it is in the basesystem package).
    4. Highlight it (, use replace function.

  • joshuaofficial Level 1 (0 points)
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Then, try my suggestion.
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