I just put my zip drive into my wallstreet while it was sleeping, and when it woke up it wasnt recognized. So I decided to reboot. I didnt boot into OS X, but into 9.0.4. Every time I reboot, I get put into classic. OS X is on a different partition than OS 9.0.4. I have since switched the zip drive out and the CD in.
What can I do to get OS X back??!?!?!
Have you tried using the Startup Disk control panel to select the OS X partition to boot from?
yes but os 9.0.4 dosent recognize that as a "valid boot thingy"
Try holding down the option key as you reboot, and that should show all your bootable volumes. If it doesn't show there, maybe something got corrupted. I'd give it a run over with techtool if you've got it.
With Wallstreet that method won't work, they're too old. I'd grab XpostFacto and use that as a boot manager.
I stand corrected. When did that method start being useable?
Okay so you might want to read my beige woes, being as how the beige and the Wallstreet are similar machines. Or not. In fact, no don't read that, it'll only give you bad dreams.
I would recommend booting from your OS X install CD, runnning Disk Utility, repairing the OS X partition, repairing permissions on it too. If you can't boot from it after a couple of runs of that, you might want to reinstall OS X, choosing "Archive and Install" when you get the option. That will preserve your old user accounts and info.
Option key boot will only show you a list of boot volumes on post-SCSI machines. On the beige and Wallstreet, it force-boots OS 9 if available. You -could- try holding down Apple-X, but I don't know if that actually works or if I'm hallucinating. That happens sometimes, when I don't get enough raw meat in my diet. But enough about me...
If Startup Disk says your X partition is "invalid" I'd believe it. Something is borked, hopefully just permissions or something. Do the Disk Utility thing and tell us how you go.
Oh and my views on XPostFacto are avoid. Avoid at all costs. I would avoid any unsupported hackery until you get your base system up and running. After my experiences, I'll be keeping my daily use machine as vanilla as possible, and keeping experimentalism isolated to the test bench machine/s.
in the late imac G3's and the first G4's for desktops (I know, the blue and white doesn't have it, its a pain isn't it)
In the ibook G3 and in the Pismo for portables
try the os 9.2 cd's start up control
the only 9.2 CD i have is the 9.2.1 update, which has no system folder. do any of the os x CDs have repairs and stuff? I have the 10.2 and 10.0.1 CDs. would they wor? OR do I just need to resistall OS X?
Also, what is this xpostfacto? What does it do?
Boot from the 10.2 CD. When the installer comes up, go to the menu bar at the top and select "Open Disk Utility". It'll be under the Installer or File menu, one of the first two from the left anyway.
Then select the "First Aid" tab, highlight your OS X disk, and perform both "Repair Disk" and "Repair Permissions"
i have not yet tried this, but when i do, i will post the restuls