7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2012 11:01 PM by BDAqua
Doug Mathewson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Holding down "C" does not boot from disc.  Computer does boot normally.  After entering password -- which is accepted -- there is no dock or access to apps.

Reset PRAM does not work.

G5, Dual, 1.8 GHz, 512MB RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)

    Does the Disc show as a boot choice if you hold option or alt key at bootup?


    See if this works...


    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when complete, test again.

  • Doug Mathewson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have two computers.  My iMac (Intel) is connected with Ethernet to my G5.

    Accessing the G5 from the iMac I see all the files.  I can open docs, listen to MP3 and open anything that does not require the OS.


    This is what I get with Option boot.



  • Doug Mathewson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just found another possibility:

    So you cannot get to single user mode... can you get to open firmware, and reset the non-volatile RAM?

    Cmd-Opt-O-F at boot




    (each line exactly as shown, followed by <return>)


    I'm now able to repair the volumes.  Waiting for it to finish and reboot.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)

    AHA! no wonder it doesn't boot using c key, yiou have setup...


    Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...




    It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option boot will show a lock, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.


    Force Removing Password Protection


    1) Add or remove DIMMs to change the total amount of RAM in the computer.


    2) Then, the PRAM must be reset 3 times. (Command + Option + P + R).



  • Doug Mathewson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for your quick response and help.


    I was able to repair the disk and permissions on all volumes. On reboot I logged in using my password. No desktop or dock.  Got a message that "The application Spotlight quit unexpectedly."  Relaunch is blue but I can't click to try the Relaunch. Ignore and Report is unresponsive.


    Setting firmware password protection is news to me.  I'd have no reason to do that.  Not even sure I could do it accidentally.


    I'll will try your solution.

  • Doug Mathewson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I repeated Repair Disk and Repair permissions for the volume I like to login.



    (Command + Option + O + F)

    2) Type "setenv security-mode none" and press return.

    3) Enter in the password at the password request prompt and press return.

    4) Then type "reset-all" to restart the computer.



    Removed two DIMMs

    This time Reset PRAM worked. (ran 3 times)


    I log into my preferred volume and -- no desktop and no dock.


    This time Option works and I chose another volume.

    No problem!  Logged into that volume without hitch.


  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)

    Great work.


    To find out if it's system wide or user specific, try this...

    Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.