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14th December 2004, 11:28 AM

Got just a bit smart for my own boots and changed the Ownership and Permisssions options at Get Info for the system drive and now I can't log in in any of three user accounts.

All I can get on start up is the grey screen and the apple. OOPS!

Anyone got any ideas to workaround other than a re-install?


14th December 2004, 11:30 AM
Use the system restore CD or DVD (if that's its name) and then change the permissions using that and you should be fine.

14th December 2004, 11:31 AM
boot off your installer CD/DVD - and use disk utility to 'repair permissions'.

Hopefully that helps. :)

14th December 2004, 11:36 AM
Thanks for looking in.

I have 5 sys restore CD's and the OSX Install. The Restore CD 1 wants to wipe the drive first which I'm trying to avoid. What an I doing wrong?


14th December 2004, 11:40 AM
in the menu bar hides disk utility.

Fromthere, just select the drive with the system on it and click 'repair disk permissions'.

Apologies if you've already tried this...

14th December 2004, 11:44 AM
Got that far Diskothanks. Booting off the OSX Install CD, Disk Utility does not appear to have the repair permissions option?

14th December 2004, 11:56 AM
Under the First Aid tab, about three quarters down there should be a button titled "Repair Disk Permissions"

14th December 2004, 12:04 PM
Thanks OM.
Doesn't have that option - only Verify and Repair.

Pehaps I should have pointed out that the boot sys disk is OSX10.1.2 and the sys on the computer is OSX10.3.5.

Any other ideas?


14th December 2004, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by oldmanmac@Dec 14 2004, 12:34 PM
Doesn't have that option - only Verify and Repair
That'd be it. Click it with passion.

14th December 2004, 12:09 PM
Tried that Disko. Did it's stuff and says all OK.

Problem still remains - can't get as far as the login window.

Got the grey screen with the big apple and no mouse still.

14th December 2004, 12:17 PM
I've got into the root drive with OSX on it through booting with the OS classic start-up disk. Any idea of what to do from here?

14th December 2004, 12:27 PM
hope this will help
i read there is an option which you have to uncheck when u boot from a partition other than the one you want to fix

14th December 2004, 01:38 PM
Thanks JMI

14th December 2004, 01:52 PM
did it work??
Just curious, I did something like you on windows so I understand your frustrations. Just that I am new on osx and extremely careful with unix.
Keep us updated.

14th December 2004, 01:56 PM
Loaded OSX to another installed drive so I could the mac. Got the utility on the drive but can't get it to recognise the other drive i want to repair the permissions on yet.

14th December 2004, 02:24 PM
Found this:
http://forums.osxfaq.com/viewtopic.php?t=1...d4e0881d3f3eb70 (http://forums.osxfaq.com/viewtopic.php?t=10876&highlight=permissions+system&sid=0f3fde554d8e9117fd4e0881d3f3eb70)
http://forums.osxfaq.com/viewtopic.php?t=1...d4e0881d3f3eb70 (http://forums.osxfaq.com/viewtopic.php?t=10827&highlight=permissions+system&sid=0f3fde554d8e9117fd4e0881d3f3eb70)

15th December 2004, 01:49 PM
The eventual cure?

Bought the latest OSX OS CD which has the Repair Pemissions option on booting, used it and everything is all better again. Took about an hour to redo all the permissions. Thanks to the people who weighed in with help.

Close er up disko thanks.

kim jong il
15th December 2004, 05:09 PM
Just before you do Disko I'd like to chuck in a couple of links to two nice (freeware) system utilities that deal with repairing permissions, prebinding etc. sterMachine (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/stermachine.html) is available from Apple as well as macupdate and versiontracker. Control Freak (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23411&mode=feedback) can also be found from multiple sources. I find this type of utility very handy. Worth checking out I believe.

Cheers, kim

7th January 2005, 02:26 PM
(Newbie here)

Couldn't oldmanmac have booted up in single user (ie root) mode? That should get around the permission problem, shouldn't it?