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    Unhappy Deleted system fonts...help!
    I was moving my fonts around tonight (stupid me) and I accidentally deleted the system fonts, now when my system starts up but there is only the background screen saver and none of my icons. The computer is frozen. I can access the computer from my other system but I cant seem to copy the systems fonts across from my working system as via shared but not into the system font folder. Does anyone have any ideas? This system was updated with 0SX 10.8.3 from an APP download so I dont have any reinstall discs other that an older OSX 10.4. Is there anyway I can reboot in some sort of safe mode and move the fonts back into place? Any help would be appreciated as Im desperate to access my work again.
    Thanks loads
    Exposurenz

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    Put the effected system into target disk mode then you should see the whole hard drive rather than just a share point

    How to Boot a Mac in Target Disk Mode

    Or alternatively boot up from a Ubuntu live CD, you can access the hard drive and any USB drives that you want to copy the fonts onto
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    Thanks louishen
    In this mode should I be able to drag the fonts back into the system files ? Do you think the computer will boot normally once this is completed ?

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    THere may be some permissions issues, but give it a try
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    MIssing system fonts
    I accidentally moved all my font into one folder and its rendered my computer in usable. I have tried the above and moved fonts back into the system folder but it hasn't made any changes as far as the system operating. Any other suggestions?

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    Any other suggestions?
    Unless you have a backup, reinstall Mountain Lion 10.8.3 from the App store.

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    When you cant access the App store on your computer how do you reinstall the OSX 10.8.3 ? Can you download it from another computer and save it to a USB or something and if you reinstall does it just reinstall the fonts or will it wipe the entire system?

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    By burning to a USB thumb drive before running the Mountain Lion installer. Able to access Recovery at all?

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    All sorted. Reinstalled the operating system..thanks for all the advice

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