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Kevin Monahan
"Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 1:26:26 am

Hi All,
Just installed 10.3.9 via software update into a G3 Yosemite 400 mHz with 768 RAM. I am now getting a freeze on start up at the point where the "Login Window Starting" warning comes up. I've zapped PRAM, done fsck -y, etc., but I can't seem to boot up. I've tried to start up in Safe User mode, and have tried to boot up on a 10.3 OS X disk by holding the C key down, but is, in fact, ignoring my commands. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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David
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 8:19:15 am

Welcome to the Bugs. There are a lot of bugs with 10.3.9.


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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 4:47:33 pm

Thanks. Well, I need to be able to reboot off my OS X CD (yes, it's a CD since the G3 only has a CD). OS X is ignoring every keyboard boot up command. I'd hate to have to junk the G3 for this stupid reason....

Can anyone help a brother out?

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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David
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 5:40:58 pm

Did you Repair Permissions before and after the update? Did you update with the 10.3.9 combo?

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BTW, don't ever rush with update - if there's no need for that. wait couple weeks to see/hear about bugs and problems...


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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 10:11:17 pm

David,
Thanks for your attention. No, I didn't repair permissions. I just did the Software Updater. It worked fine for awhile....
Wow. Amazed I can't even boot from CD.....

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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David
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 19, 2005 at 2:04:01 am


you don't have blue screen? gray screen? any beeps? and when you restart the Mac - immediately hold down the Command+Option+O+F keys....mmmm....




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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 19, 2005 at 5:14:09 pm

I get the OS X start up screen, and the machine begins to boot to the finder, but hangs at "Log In Window Starting". I've tried Single User Mode booting and booting with Open Framework (O + F), still no dice....

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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David
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 19, 2005 at 8:22:16 pm

you're saying that even with:

Restart the Mac and immediately hold down the Command+Option+O+F keys. This will boot you into open firmware. When it stops, you will be looking at a ">" prompt.

At the prompt, type each of the next three lines(no spaces and no capital letters and without the [press Return]), followed by pressing the Return key:
reset-nvram [press Return]
set-defaults [press Return]
reset-all [press Return]


and nothing?


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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 21, 2005 at 9:46:19 pm

Yes, I tried resetting NVRAM already. Sadly :-(

Can anyone help a brother out?

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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David
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 21, 2005 at 11:52:14 pm

well, if nothing is working - and in order to boot your computer: you need an external firewire drive ( and apply the update to the main HD you are trying to fight with)




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Harry Pallenberg
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 21, 2005 at 11:55:42 pm

Yes have you tried an external firewire drive?

Also... odd hunch... Is the keyboard the one that came with the mac? Do you have that one?

Can you unplug the internal HD and force a CD boot?

Thanks,
Harry.

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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 22, 2005 at 12:54:05 am

I'm going to try that when I get home. I think that T mode only works one way in G3's--and it's not the way I need....

I'll report back.

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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vanessa
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 27, 2005 at 1:56:46 pm

my G5 is having the same problems, I've done everything. It will, however start from a CD. Any other solutions? I don't want to reinstall osx for fear of loosing everything. Please help.


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Kevin Monahan
Re: "Login Window Starting" freeze-up
on Apr 18, 2005 at 4:47:23 pm

Thanks. Well, I need to be able to reboot off my OS X CD (yes, it's a CD since the G3 only has a CD). OS X is ignoring every keyboard boot up command. I'd hate to have to junk the G3 for this stupid reason....

Can anyone help a brother out?

Kevin Monahan
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
fcpworld.com


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