So today in the course of normal surfing I tried to open text edit to copy some text and it wouldn't launch. Then I tried to open another app and it didn't work either so I decided to restart. Now suddenly I can't get past the blue "starting OS X" page.
I tried resetting PRAM and there is no change. fsck says everything seems okay but I still can't boot up. I tried going into target mode and trying to run disk utility or diskwarrior off of a G4 ibook but I can't seem to get into target mode. Safe Mode doesn't seem to work either.
I don't know what to do next.... maybe I need OS X cds to boot from to reset prefs? I don't have them readily available.
It's a Power Mac G4 running OS X (10.4.9). It's a bit of an old and slow system but I haven't had any big issues. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Boot from your OSX install disk, and install OSX on you 2nd (good) internal hard drive. Then you can start repairs./filerecovery on the main drive.
DiskUtility Repair Disk should be your first step
TechTool Pro or DiskWarrior for directory corruption that Disk Utility can't handle. DataRescue X for scavenging files off the drive,
Do not attempt to install anything on the main drive until it has a clean bill of health.
Be prepared to buy a new IDE 120 Gb hard drive (I don;t think your machine supports drives larger than 128 Gb off the motherboard IDE connection)
O'course, your first step is to get the OSX disks, you;re kind of snookered without them. If you had upgraded your machine from borrowed disks, then now's the time to bite the bullet and purchase a retail OSX.