I was messing with my permissions for my hard drive...

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because I was able to delete an item without typing in my password yesterday, then all of a sudden I have to type it in every time. So, I went to the hard drive, which only had System, Admin, and some other choice... I included my name after clicking the add button. I KNEW, I was messing with stuff I should have left alone! I then gave myself permissions for everything included. THis was taking forever, so impatiently I forced quit. THEN... I kept getting messages every second for /system/library......./kext.... those are the only words I remember... I force quit the finder and same thing happened. NOW, every time I try to restart it hangs while the processor or fan or both speed up and the computer gets very hot. I tried resetting PRAM (???) and COMMAND+S and typed in fsck -yf (as suggested in another post from this forum.) I tried restarting from my Install 1 DVD and nothing. I restarted with option and DVD wasn't even a choice. Does anyone know what I could do to fix my messing around with permissions and DVD boot problems or is this just one of those situations where I'll have to take it in??

ANY info would be appreciated!

Erik Jurado

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I thought that Macs came with

I thought that Macs came with a OS X disk ?

If it did you can boot from it and repair permissions that way. but you should have never have forced quit during the process.

I do not know if that will fix it or not but its worth a shot, hell i don't even know if that ability is still on the disks (last one i used was Tiger).

You might be able to make a new login when booted with the disk but i would not know how.

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I have the disk, but the computer won't start with the DVD

That's my plan, to rebuild permissions, but, I can't get the computer to start with the disk drive, it just keeps trying to start up. Even when I option+start, I only have athe Hard drive as a choice... no other choices. I started with command+shift+delete and nothing,

Is there any way I could use the command+s mode to tell that to restart with the DVD drive, cause I could at least get the computer started with that... I just don't know any code.

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Holding down the letter c as

Does holding down the letter c as soon as you hear the boot sound work on the Intel Macs?

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Re: Holding down the letter c as

eeun wrote:

Does holding down the letter c as soon as you hear the boot sound work on the Intel Macs?

Yes.

A few questions:

1. Have you ever successfully booted from that particular OS X disc in the past? Is it an original disc, or a burned copy?

2. Are you sure your optical drive is working properly?

Macs should be able to boot from an optical drive regardless of the state of the internal hard drive -- you should be able to boot from disc even if your hard drive is blank. Of course, you need to have a working disc and drive first.

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Re: I was messing with my permissions for my hard drive...

I think what i did was boot holding option when i heard the chime to get to boot menu, When i put the restore disk in i use the C one. Mac OS