HowDeDooty! At exactly 5:59pm, my G5 shut down. When I restarted it it opened to the HD with flaga flying and all hands on deck. Patience paid off. the COMPLETE SHUTDOWN/RESTART worked, even if it took FIVE HOURS. Now I'm working on getting connected to the Internet. It's been "connecting" since 6:05 pm and counting. I'll keep yall posted!
....goldie Yahoo!!! and Giddiup!!!