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Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

I have an older Powermac G5 dual PPC processor with OSX 5.8 (Leopard) on it. I cannot change the date and time, all I get is the spinning rainbow disc and the prefs have to be shut down. Does anyone know how to get this back on track? Thanks in advance!


PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), M9747LL/A tower, PPC dual processor
Solved by BDAqua on Oct 28, 2013 9:42 AM Solved
I wonder if it could be this file? /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.ntp.ntpd.plist I can't test if that file can be trashed right now & it rebuilds itself, moving it will only copy it, not really move it.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi Gary, might try this...

     

    First, Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), use Disk Utility from there to Repair Permissions, test if things work OK in Safe Mode.

     

    Then move these files to the Desktop for now...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist

     

    Reboot & test.

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    Can you give me a more detailed description of the steps after safe mode? I didn't see repair permissions in Disk Utilities, not sure what that is. I'm new to OSX, had OS9 for years. I tried to change D&T in safe mode, same rainbow wheel, had to exit without grace - - Thanks for your help!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi Gary,

    RepairPermissions.gif

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry to report that it still does the same thing.  I saved the prefs on the desktop - - -

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Was sys prefs quit when you saved to the desktop? Did you restart?

     

    Did you say earlier that Safe Boot did NOT work?

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    Safe boot did not work. Prefs removed in safe boot, restarted, tried D&T and it still froze on save. Had to close prefs down with 3 finger salute. The time zone select in the D&T menu is grayed out..

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    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.

    Does it work in the new account?

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    Did what you said, there is no little plus icon anywhere. There is something weird here. The area to the right with the user name and enable parental controls is grayed out. There is a guest account - sharing only listed but I cannot access it. I've never had multiple accounts on any of my rigs, from the mid '80s. (Still have my Color Classic) so this is all new. Thanks for your patience.

    Logged off and back on, the date is correct, but the time zone is CMT and it is grayed out.Set time automatically is grayed out, and revert and save are grayed out. Just tried to set the clock, hit save and it froze on save.3 fingered salute, here we are. Gotta be something in there - - -;)

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Let''s try a new admin account...

     

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...

     

    http://theappleblog.com/2008/06/22/reset-os-x-password-without-an-os-x-cd/

     

    Admin Hack...

     

    http://www.hackmac.org/?q=node/4

     

    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    It appears that the date is now correct, but the time is still not correct. I am pretty sure I have the Leopard disk..

    Still haven't tried the new admin account. Wondering if it's something else in the prefs?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    I wonder if it could be this file?

     

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.ntp.ntpd.plist

     

    I can't test if that file can be trashed right now & it rebuilds itself, moving it will only copy it, not really move it.

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    I just checked and it also remembered the wireless network info. It didn't do that before the battery change.

    Please let me know what you want me to do with that file.  Like I said, I'm new to OSX - -

    Thanks so much!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Copy it to the Desktop for now, in case we need to put it back for some reason, then delete the original, reboot & try setting Date/Time settings.

  • Gary Rowles Level 1 Level 1

    Removed the file to the desktop/copy. Deleted the file, required authentication. 

    Rebooted, still the same in D&T pref. Moved the file back (authenticate) and just rebooted.

     

    Still cannot adjust the time or date, although it is closer - exactly 8 hours ahead.

     

    Those first 4 plist files are still on my desktop, have been replaced. Can I trash them?

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