Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.
(Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)
If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.
Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...
Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.
(Space between fsck AND -fy important).
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...
Thanks for taking the time to reply. Will try option 1 tonight before leaving the office.
Not sure what you mean by machine booting to Single User Mode. I think I accessed that once on my own to get a stuck cd out of the optical drive. Machine is booting up now to my normal desktop and as I stated before, everything appears to be working fine.
Any further clarification on option 2 would be appreciated, specifically how I can access that screen to type in the command you gave me.
Again, many thanks. Will let you know how the first suggestion works out.
Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup.
Should bring up the prompt to do that.
Safe mode by rights should automatially run fsck, but single user mode is slightly more informative if it can'y repair it.
I think I'd do either ASAP, running with a corrupted Directory is only going to make things worse, & can endanger more files.
I sincerely apprecite all of your advise and instructions. Just ran fsck and the last message on screen was Macintosh HD repaired. Booted machine, went to system profiler, diagnostics and it still says that the start up self test failed for external cache. Other than that, everything runs just as it always has.
Again, many thanks for your help.
Did we ever find that missing 10 GB od space?
I think the cache it's talking about is the L3 cache for the CPU, might see if you can still get ChuD tools to turn off the L3 cache...