August 30, 2003

Mind Meld

We’re coming to you tonight from my family’s iMac G4 which is a deeply disturbed little computer at the moment. It’s poor operating system has slipped completely off its demented nut. It seems that after launching, and after successfully logging in, none of the user accounts are able load the Finder. Or, for that matter, many of the other programs. Therefore, we’re running off the OS in my laptop via FireWire disk mode while we troubleshoot. There is not a lot to go on from either Apple’s support website nor Google. If you have any insight or need further clarification, we’d love to hear it and would be happy to go into more detail. Thanks.

[By The Way: We’ve tried logging into single user mode and running fsck several times. It seems to encounter the same errors each time. We’ve also tried dumping the Finder preferences file to no avail.]

[Update: Okay, I think we’ve reached the “rescue as much data as possible then nuke the disk from orbit” phase. (It’s the only way to be sure.)]

[Lastly: We’re all better now. Check the comments for more.]

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Stewart Bradford

What about logging in as “root” and work through the terminal window?

Note: I know naff all about Macs but i want one!

Nick Runco

they always recommend you create a new user. and login as them. if that’s possible.

Walt Dickinson

Thanks to Mac OS X 10.2’s excellent “archive and install and rebuild” installation option, the computer is back to normal. It’s got a fresh OS, some of the user accounts have been archived, trashed, and rebuilt, all with a minimal amount of fuss. Thanks for the suggestions.

Reed Dickinson

Many thanks to for saving the day yet again.

Patrick Runco

now nick’s is dead. is it contageous?

Walt Dickinson

Same symptoms? That is bizarre.