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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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eMac help needed :(

Referred to your forum from thecomputermechanics.com

eMac would not boot up. Would NOT get into the finder.

My "better half" was using her eMac to check her email.

The eMac froze and she couldn't turn off the mac.

She did a "hard reset" by pushing the on/off button and restarted the eMac.

Computer takes a while to boot up with a "spinning wheel" like cursor on an black screen.

Then following appears: (looks like a unix console interface)

Darwin/BSD (abc) (console)


login:
Oct 25 20:42:43 abc-emac netinfod local[32]: cannot lookup child
password:

Note: "abc" is text I put in here for the posting. "abc" is really my wife's userid on the emac.

Looks like her eMac is booting up into the unix console interface.

1) What happened?
2) Is there a restore point to restart the eMac in a "last known" good configuration.
3) How to fix????

HELP!!!!

Thanks to all in advance for all your replies.

P.S. She was not adding or deleting any programs.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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Unhappy Part 2 - computer up and running - NO internet - help! :(

OK,

Got the eMac back up and running.

No internet connectivity on the eMac yet

Right clicked on the airport icon at the top right of the desktop.
Selected the correct network name, say "home".
Entered the encryption key, 128 bit hex code (40 characters) that the router is setup to use.

Checked status of Airport:
Network: home
Signal level: 12 bars out of 15 bars highlited. Good signal level.

Opened up Safari but it cannot open default url "livepage.apple.com"


Tried opening"www.hotmail.com" , also failed
HELP!
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:44 PM   #3
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Unhappy Part 3 - how to restore previous user settings????

How do I restore previous user settings????
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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This is really an airport question. If possible you should change the title.

Can't remember if you can do that as an edit or if the moderator has to do it.

For me it has been almost 3 years since I had the grief of dealing with wireless so I will defer to more qualified members for an answer. I vaguely recall clearing all the settings (including keychain) and starting the set-up from scratch but cannot remember any details at all. Sorry.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 06:58 PM   #5
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Which eMac is it and which O.S. are you using on it.
I had an eMac 1.25 for 3 years but recently sold it.


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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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drive: WDC WD800BB-40JHC0


From the inside of the DVD door on the front of the eMac
17 CRT/1.42Ghz/256/80/COMBO/56K
17" monitor CRT
1.42Ghz PowerPC
256meg ram (slot 1), slot 0 is empty
80Gb drive
COMBO??
56K modem? but no modem listed in hardware setup listing when running hardware diagnostics.
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Old Nov 1st, 2007, 01:02 AM   #7
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OS X is really working your hard drive with only 256 MB of RAM. You need at least 512 to run it properly, and I would go for a 1 Gig. Otherwise, every once in a while it will have a memory crash like the one you had.
It may have damaged your directory, so next time you boot, hold down option-S for single user, wait for all the UNIX to finish and type fsck -fy

There is a space after the fsck.
If it makes changes, type it again. Then when its done, type reboot.

Then go get some RAM. Tiger (I'm assuming) is very stable on G4's when you have the memory, it was Intel that it had some bugs on. Leopard has fixed those.

As for the connectivity, I would run the assistant. Not sure if its your network prefs or the airport. You could find your airport plist file and delete it and redo the network settings. Unplug the router and plug it in again. Etc.
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Old Nov 1st, 2007, 11:29 AM   #8
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OK...
next time you boot, hold down option-S for single user, wait for all the UNIX to finish and type fsck -fy


The option-S did NOT work.

I restarted the eMac and held the option key and the 's' key down at the same time. What came up was the normal Mac OS X login screen asking for Name and password.

Was the option-s supposed to bring me into the unix console????

ALSO, how to find the "airport plist file "?

Thank to all for your replies.
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Old Nov 1st, 2007, 12:00 PM   #9
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Question

OK

command-s key worked to get me into the unix command interface...

So far, so good...

ran the command fsck -fy in the unix console...

various "ok" messages came up.

Last message...

Volume HD appears to be OK

So, fsck command completed successfully without having to fix the HD volume.

??? how to find the airport "plist" file ????

Thanks to all for your replies.
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #10
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OK still need help

Airport Power: On
Network: mOOse (this is the correct network name for my microsoft wireless network.)
Signal Level: good
Status: Connected to "mOOse"

Somehow got to a panel...
Internet troubleshooter ran...
"Airport connected" but with a YELLOW dot to the left of the text "Airport connected".

Says Airport is connected to mOOse.

Airport does not have an IP address and cannot connect to the network.


?? How do I get an IP address for the Airport ???

Thanks in advance to all for your replies.

Last edited by mOOse; Nov 4th, 2007 at 04:56 PM.
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