Thursday, November 02, 2006

Powerbook in limbo

Just a short note for people wondering where any new posts are - my Powerbook has suffered an unfortunate disk corruption and refuses to boot, so I've been trying to get it sorted out, without success so far.

As soon as I can recover what I need, I can trash it and reinstall everything from scratch, and I will resume posts.

Sorry for the inconvenience in the meantime...


At 4:59 PM, Anonymous tngregory said...

thank heavens, id hate to think the last we heard from you was the transform window. all the best!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger Erik Grotz said...

FYI I'm an APple tech available on AIM/iChat via the handle "tulsadrone" if you need assistance.

I'm sure you might have already tried this, but holding down Apple (command) plus the 's' key will boot you into single user mode for running diagnostics.

When there, type in the following and let me know what happened:

/sbin/fsck -fy

then when that has finished, type

/sbin/mount -uw /

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No problem buddy! I hope you get everything squared away with your system. I know how much of a PITA a HD corruption can be!

All the best, and thanks again for these wonderful tips!

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Bee Jay said...

Thanks guys. I'm nearly there so everything will resume in the next couple of days.

Erik - thanks - I've learned *a lot* about this stuff over the past week or two. Fsck cannot repair node corruptions and so could not help. The installer wouldn't install OSX to my iPod (the installer kept crashing) and my Mac can not boot from my newly purchased firewire drive, which meant that I could not do the recommended procedure of installing OSX onto a different disk, booting from that to get a working computer, and then setting about fixing the original drive.

Without documenting the whole mess, it turned out that a) my ram was what was causing the OSX installer to crash, b) cloning the corrupt drive to my FW drive (after waiting for many days for it to be delivered and a bizarre encounter with the courier service!) - (cloning twice, in different formats for safety), wiping my original drive (yikes, better hope the clone works!), reinstalling OSX using my original powerbook RAM, then setting about the corrupt clone using a variety of disk utilties was my eventual path to recovery.

The disk was pretty badly knackered, but I have managed to recover everything, albeit it with a bit of work as the directory structure was hosed.

I've just been reinstalling and reconfiguring everything over the past few days. I've just got some web dev stuff to go (all my custom mysql/php/apache/postfix configurations etc and my local developer websites, some last deep trawling through the cloned drive to recover those last few things I've missed/forgotten about, and I should be good to go.

And now I've got a second drive, I can reserve space to have a clone of the working system so if it ever happens again, it will be easier to recover from.

But at least I didn't lose anything, save a bit of time. Even my Waves disk authorisations survived intact, amazingly enough!

Sorry for the delay - it's the first disk corruption I've had in twenty years - it had to happen sooner or later I guess...


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