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Mac OS X 10.2.8 problem

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by speedo72, Oct 19, 2003.

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  1. speedo72

    speedo72 Thread Starter

    Oct 19, 2003
    After updating via the software update to Quicktime 6.2 and iTunes 4.2 I restarted the mac (as directed). It looked like it was starting up as normal but when it reached the desktop stage my icons were missing (namely my the hard disk icon) the dock was showing but the minute I clicked on an application or the finder for instance, it just froze. I restarted many times but the same thing has happened. I looked on some forums and was advised to start in safe mode. I did this but all I get is a blue screen and a spinning beach ball (I waited hours just to make sure I wasn't being impatient).

    People have talked about reparing the permissions and I am not sure if this will help. My problem is that I can't do anything with the mac. I was running 10.2.8 and have a 700mghz 256MB ram iMac. I originally had mac os 9.2.2 but upgraded via disk to the first version of OX S. I therefore do not have a copy of 10.2 on disk. The last thing I am worried about is if I have to do a clean install with the early version

    1) will it work
    2) will it erase all my work/documents

    if anyone can give me some help on this I would be most grateful.
  2. JayTheHun


    Jun 26, 2002
    All else fails, zap the PRAM. Hold down Control-Command-P-R at the same time as the machine starts up. Hold these keys down through the third time that you hear the startup chimes then release.

    I don't know that it will help but it's worth trying and won't hurt.
  3. toeknee


    Nov 6, 2003
    did you get this resolved yet?
  4. mbechard


    Nov 11, 2003
    Can you boot with extensions off, holding down the shift key?

    If it were me, I would boot from the OS 10.2.3 disc, and reinstall. I have seen weirdness like that. When you reinstall, you want to archive and keep your home folders.
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