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  1. #1

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    Nov 16, 2009
    Unhappy Powerbook only starts in safe mode!
    Hi all, I have a Powerbook G4 running OSX 10.3.2, and I am having a problem!!!

    Basically when I try to start up the machine, it goes to the white screen with the gray apple, then almost as soon as the progress wheel underneath the gray apple starts spinning the screen switches to black and I get the following prompt in white text in the top left corner:
    localhost :/ root#

    I can start the machine up in safe mode by holding down the shift key, but this doesn't allow me any access to certain things like my wireless internet or bluetooth, and obviously isn't ideal anyway. I thought it might be OK if I just performed a restart from safe mode but this just returns me to the black screen.

    A friend who was trying to help me over the phone yesterday when I couldn't get online told me I might be in 'single user mode', but I can't find any way to exit this - and indeed the advice I could find in the system preferences help basically says if you start up in safe mode and then do a restart as normal then the machine should return to normal but this isn't proving to be the case

    Apologies for the long and boring message but I thought I'd try and give you guys as much info as poss. from the off.

    Anyone got any ideas?



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    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Bump! Anybody? Pretty please?

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    That is one old operating system, not even updated to OS X.3.9.

    Try booting from the Panther OS X.3 install disc by holding down 'C' after the chimes, go into Utilities in the menu bar and run Repair Disk and see what is reported. Please do not say you don't have the install disc eh?

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    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    I might be running 10.3.9 – I'm not 100% sure so I'll boot up in safe boot and check shortly... and yes, I do have the install disc!

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Anybody else ever came across this error message?

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Right then, I've tried to repair the disk and it's telling me the disc is fine, still I just can't seem to get the thing to boot normally!
    It just keeps going into single user mode and giving me the message: localhost :/ root#
    I'm panicking a bit now as I've ran out of ideas... anybody?

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