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3582 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 6, 2010 5:47 AM by KXsig
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 7:56 AM (in response to manowak)Is there any important data on this new Mac? If not why not reinstall everything?
If there is important data perhaps you could find a way to back it up and then reinstall.
Have you tried the disk repair instructions that the single mode screen invites you to use?Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 9:11 AM (in response to Neville Hillyer)Yes, we have tried the fsck (no errors detected). One of my more linuxy friends
has spent about two hours digging through things, trying to run various repairs,
change permissions, etc. No luck. He is convinced that there is something amiss
with the master boot record.
There is nothing important on this machine, since it's only a week old. However,
we really can only get to single user mode, and we can't get it to see the install disk at all.
If someone can point us to a forum on how to do a complete reinstall from single user mode, that would be helpful, since that's the only way we're rebuilding this thing.MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 9:24 AM (in response to manowak)The boot volume must not have 'ignore ownership on this volume' selected although this appears unlikely.
The boot volume must also be readable by everyone.
Why not insert the install DVD, start from it and reinstall everything.Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 9:30 AM (in response to Neville Hillyer)oops - I see that you cannot start from the DVD.
Why not return it to Apple?Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 9:44 AM (in response to Neville Hillyer)Your DVD drive may not be working.
I sometimes install Leopard from a copy of the installer on my hard disk with the following:
sudo /Volumes/20-B/System/Installation/CDIS/Mac\ OS\ X\ Installer.app/Contents/MacOS/Mac\ OS\ X\ Installer /Volumes/20-B/System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg
As you will see the volume I install from is called 20-B. I am not sure if this will help you. It allows me to install in the background. This is faster and more reliable than installing from a DVD.
Please note that this is for Leopard - Snow Leopard may be different.Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 12:01 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)I assume from what you said that you have followed the advice on the following:
My understanding is that it should boot from DVD with the c key held no matter what you have done with the disk.Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 12:24 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)Hi there,
Other startup key shoot would be OPTION held down + Power button - this should show you possible boot volumes. With your install DVD inserted this option should bring you internal HD and Install DVD.
As N mentions Power button + "c" would force DVD/CD startup.
Other then Power button + SHIFT (that would bring safe boot), and the fairy tales Power button + SPACE BAR (would bring extension manager), COMMANDOPTION+SHIFTDELETE (that would force CD/DVD startup) and others - that you could give it a try - I would bet in a hardware failure.
Good luck.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2010 4:45 AM (in response to KXsig)Well, after attempting every different kind of startup possible with a Mac, and doing all sorts of repairs and permission changes, we got this laptop to come back up (into something other than single user mode) once. At which point we ran a disk repair, and disk permissions repair, and then tried to reinstall the system. And then it died again. We're going with the hypothesis of it being a hardware issue, so back to the store it is going to go. (Unless someone has a last minute clever suggestion...)MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2010 5:47 AM (in response to manowak)Hi M,
Repair disks and permissions should be done in a safe boot or - better if - from another startup boot volume.
As a last resource you could dismount the computer and see what's going on with this S keyboard key this is somehow locked!! Try to boot with machine upside down!
Pay to see if someone come up with something clever then this now...MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), with vertical boot