678 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2011 1:22 PM by Kappy
A few days go I tried to boot into SL, but was unsuccessful. I noticed the boot up screen (Gray apple + spinner)... However, this time around, I also noticed a status/progress bar directly below the spinner.
After about ~20 seconds, the computer would automatically shut down without getting anywhere.
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I'd first boot into "safe mode" (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1455) by holding down a "shift" key during the boot process. This will run the equivalent of a Disk Utility "disk repair" operation. If that doesn't help, then I'd boot from the system installation discs that came with your Mac. Early in the installation process you'll see a Utilities menu. Run Disk Utility from that and tell it to do a disk repair.
Thanks for the quick replies.
I already tried Disk Utility to repair any issues. However, I can't fix permissions or repair the disk. I'm getting an error about not being able to make changes to the disk.
I guess I'll go with the reformat of the Macintosh partition.
Can someone explain why I can't install SL on top of an old install using the DVD?
Select the startup volume's icon on your Desktop. Press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window. At the bottom is the Sharing and Ownership section. Is there a checkbox at the bottom labeled, "Ignore permissions on this volume?" If so and if it is checked then click on the lock icon, authenticate with your admin password, then uncheck the box.
Also, report what privileges are shown:
Owner= ? with what privileges?
Group= ? with what privileges?
Everyone= ? with what privileges
They should be:
System with r/w privileges
Admin with r/w privileges