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Hi All,

Tonight when running Onyx, a strange thing occured. Onyx was unable to automatically restart because it "was unable to find apple script'.

I ran the disc utility and got the following error.

'Verifying volume “Macintosh HD”
Checking HFS Plus volume.
Checking Extents Overflow file.
Checking Catalog file.
Checking multi-linked files.
Checking Catalog hierarchy.
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Checking Extended Attributes file.
Checking volume bitmap.
Checking volume information.
Volume Header needs minor repair
The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.

Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit


Disk Utility stopped verifying “Macintosh HD” because the following error was encountered:

The underlying task reported failure on exit
1 HFS volume checked
Volume needs repair

Based upon the instructions at the head of the disc utility app, I restarted the computer using the install disc and went to the disc utility on the DVD. Unfortunately, the disc utility on the DVD gives me the same message, but neither the disc utility app on the DVD or on the computer will allow me to repair the startup HD. In all instances, the option to repair disc is greyed out.

Everything seems to be running okay, except the auto restart for Onyx, but I would like to be able to repair the start up volume, regardless.

Any advice would be most welcome, as I have no idea what might have hapened, as Onyx has run fine previously.

Neil M.
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Hmm, not sure what's going on, you should have been able to repair the disk from your restore cds. You can't do it from your installed disk utility because the disk has to be unmounted to repair, and you cant run disk utility off it, and repair it at the same time.

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Well that makes sense, but I wonder why it won't let me repair when I am launching the utility from the DVD?

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G'day nemick, try uninstalling OnyX and everything associated (use SpotLight), empty your Trash, reboot and then redownload OnyX and run it and let us know how it goes.

If it acts as per normal, and finds that the volume Macintosh HD needs minor repair, then try the install DVD/CD repair method again and report back.
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Okay, be back soon.

Neil M.
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Pulse-8,

I deleted and then reloaded Onyx as you suggested. Onyx worked properly this time, automatically restarting the mac when I told it too. Thats the only thing that worked though. I still have the "minor" error on the start up HD, but the repair option remains greyed out no matter what I do.

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Great, I knew OnyX would work again after the reinstall.

Try these troubleshooting tips:

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Zap the PRAM. Reboot your computer while holding down the command-option-p-r keys simultaneously. Don't let up until you have heard the startup chime three or four times. If you need assistance finding the command key on your keyboard, see image at bottom of this post.

Reset Open Firmware. This is a step for G3, G4, and G5 Macs only. If you have an Intel Mac, you should Zap the PRAM (see previous point). Reboot your computer while holding down the command-option-o-f keys simultaneously. At the prompt, type
reset-nvram and hit the Return key, then type
reset-all and hit the Return key again. Your computer will reboot.
* Note that these commands are correct for New World machines, those with colored plastics (iMacs, Blue and White PowerMac G3) and newer. Old World machines (G3/233 All-in-one, beige G3, etc.) are slightly different--just type the reset-all command.

Repair Permissions. Open Disk Utility (by default, it is located in /Applications/Utilities). Select your boot partition, then click the First Aid tab. Click the "Repair Disk Permissions" button.

File System Check. This can be done in several ways, including
1. Boot to single user mode by holding down command-s during the boot process, then at the prompt typing
fsck -y and hitting the Return key. Continue to run fsck -y until no errors are found. (Note: if your hard drive is journalled, you will need to run fsck -yf. Attempting to run fsck -y will result in a message reminding you of this. Thanks to Petroffski.) Then type
shutdown -r now and hit the Return key to reboot.
2. Boot to a full OS X Install CD. From the Installer menu, select Disk Utility. Select your hard drive boot partition whose file system you wish to check, click on the First Aid tab, and click the "Repair Disk" button.
3. Boot to a third party disk utility CD and run the file system check offered therein. At this time, I can recommend DiskWarrior http://alsoft.com and Drive 10 or Tech Tool Pro 4 http://micromat.com . The third party disk utilities generally do a better and more complete job than the first two options and have been known to rescue drives that are inaccessible.

Reset PMU. Software PMU reset is ONLY for Apple portables, not desktop computers. The procedure is specific to each machine, so I can't give a synopsis here. Instead, check Apple's Knowledgebase article for resetting PMU on iBooks and PowerBooks and Apple's Knowledgebase article for resetting PMU on MacBooks and MacBook Pros. This does roughly the same thing that pressing the PMU button or CUDA switch does for desktop Macs (see the Hardware section below for more information).
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Yes, here's what I tried.

1. I put in the disc and rebooted, presuming the mac would boot from the disc. It took alot longer to boot than usual, but then booted showing the DVD folder contents. I selected Applications/Utilities/Disc utility. The window showed my Hard Drive, my Boot up HD, the DVD and the contents of the DVD. The repair option was grey for all volumes. When verifying the HD I got the same error.

2. I went to Preferences and selected the DVD as the boot device and restarted. This time I received the Mac OS X installation screen and followed it until it appeared that it was going to re-install OS X. I quit at that point as I had not backed up any data. Perhaps something else would have occured if I had continued, but I didn't want to take the risk.

I don't know what to try next.

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Neil, did you see my last post recommending some measures?

It might be worthwhile to download a 3rd party utility like Disc Warrior to check your HD out.
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Martin,

I have done everything on the list except run a third party utility. I checked out Disc warrior, but to be honest, I can't afford it right now. If you know of any freeware or shareware apps that I could try, I would be happy to do so.

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I can't believe that after doing all those troubleshooting tips you still can't repair your HD ....

Here's a link to the free trial download of DiskWarrior.
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Martin,

The link didn't show up, unfortunately.

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My bad ... I'm actually vacuuming the house while doing the forum thing ....

Look at that link now .....
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Martin,

I have to get some sleep. I'l download in the am.

NeilM

ps, thanks for all your help with this
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OK neil, I'll check back later tonight to see if you've had any luck. Don't worry too much about things, it's sure to something we can sort out ...
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