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OS X in a reboot loop
Slace 
2/8/08 6:20:40 PM
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Well I picked up myself a new 320gb hard drive for my MBP today and set about pulling my Mac appart (man was that a bitch!) and then it came time to get my system back up and running.

Since I use Time Machine and I need my system back as-it-was very quickly (ie - before Monday when I'm back at work!) I booted of my Leopard disk and selected the Time Machine restore, and left it running.

I've come back later to find it all done and dusted and just wanted to be rebooted, which I do.
And then things went bad...

I get the Apple logo, the little 'loading' spinny, and then the screen goes black and the process starts all over again, and again, and again.
"Shit" I think to myself, so I check that it'd booting off my drive, it is. I boot back into the Leopard dvd, yes there are files on the drive (as much HDD is in use as to be expected).

I've managed to get my Leopard disk out but really, I'm not getting any further.

Help :(

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


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TinBane 
2/8/08 6:39:59 PM
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Oh shit man. Sorry I missed you when you turned up too.

Firstly, hold down shift while booting, to get into safe mode. Does this work? It can take some time, as it forces a HDD test.


Edited by TinBane: 2/8/2008 6:40:13 PM

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Slace 
2/8/08 7:14:18 PM
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Yeah, pretty poor service dude :P

Nope, holding down Shift didn't do anything different

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

zebra 
2/8/08 7:21:31 PM
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Tried a target boot from another machine, then a diskutil fix perms on a target drive?

Try booting into single user, then run a fsck on the device?

z

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TinBane 
2/8/08 7:34:56 PM
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You know how to do that?

Cmd + S for single user.
Target disk is hold T on the other machine, then opt boot to select it.

Could try Verbose mode (cmd + V) and see how far it takes you on the boot path.

If all else fails, boot off the Leopard disk, and archive and install.

It's weird, I've never had a problem restoring from a TM backup!

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plebsmacker 
2/8/08 8:38:06 PM
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Quote by TinBane
It's weird, I've never had a problem restoring from a TM backup!



I have, under exactly the same circumstances. To fix I restarted from the Install disc, and didn't select time machine backup during install but continued to install as if it were a Vanilla build. Did all the updates and then, and only then did I restore from the Time Machine backup. This was upgrading a MBP to a 320GB drive. Worked for me.

Try it.

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Slace 
3/8/08 2:10:35 AM
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Single user rebooted when I got to "waiting for window server" (i think that was it, or maybe window service) and I didn't catch what a standard verbose reboot did as some commands flashed up and it rebooted immidiately.

I did think of target boot from another machine but I don't have anything else running OS X at my disposal.

I think tomorrow I will do what pleb did and fresh install the OS, then update then connect TM and pull in my files and apps.
pleb - when you reconnected TM to the clean install did it detect the previous backups or do I need to do any hacking?

One thing I really don't want to loose are my Adium chat logs as I have a lot of work related ones which I really want to keep as they often have code snippets in them, will I be able to get them out of TM?

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

zebra 
3/8/08 7:13:02 AM
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Quote by Slace
One thing I really don't want to loose are my Adium chat logs as I have a lot of work related ones which I really want to keep as they often have code snippets in them, will I be able
to get them out of TM?



Unless you made any rules explicitly saying not to back them up, I think you will be in the clear there dude.

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Slace 
3/8/08 10:12:45 AM
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but will it be a case of just bringing in Adium from TM?

I thought of another thing I really need, Mail. is that the same process or are there other folders? I can't afford to loose my emails :(

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

plebsmacker 
3/8/08 11:40:36 AM
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Quote by Slace

pleb - when you reconnected TM to the clean install did it detect the previous backups or do I need to do any hacking?

One thing I really don't want to loose are my Adium chat logs as I have a lot of work related ones which I really want to keep as they often have code snippets in them, will I be able to get them out of TM?



I got everything back just as it was, no hacking required.

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Slace 
3/8/08 11:42:29 AM
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Well I'm back up in OS X, once Leopard finished installing it asked if I wanted to import from somewhere, one option being TM, chose that and it brought everything in. We're all good now :D

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

TinBane 
4/8/08 12:26:54 AM
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Fantastic :)

The date was correct on the invoice, yeah (for applecare?)

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Slace 
4/8/08 10:24:10 AM
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Yeah that's all gone through sweetly, covered for another 2 years :D

I think I buggered up putting my mac back together a bit though, I really have to press the lid down the get the screen to stay shut :(

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

TinBane 
4/8/08 12:03:29 PM
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Does the button on the front have to be pushed very hard to free the screen too? If so, it's a simple, simple fix.

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Slace 
4/8/08 1:24:40 PM
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Yeah it does

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

Malicine 
5/8/08 2:18:56 PM
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Quote by TinBane
If so, it's a simple, simple fix.




Hold in latch when putting in last screw?


Edited by Malicine: 5/8/2008 2:48:56 PM

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TinBane 
5/8/08 4:29:18 PM
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Quote by Malicine
Quote by TinBane
If so, it's a simple, simple fix.




Hold in latch when putting in last screw?



Nah :)

Put the right screws in the right holes. One is SLIGHTLY shorter than the others, and goes behind the catch.

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Slace 
5/8/08 10:46:20 PM
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I had to take them all out until I found them! Bloody Mac's :P

Had a massive scare today when I re-upgraded to 10.5.4, it rebooted, then rebooted again, and THEN booted to OS X.
Nearly shat myself as I was half way through my work day

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

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