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Subject:   prebinding beachball!
Date:   2005-01-12 07:08:47
From:   zestyman
I've just used the excellent Panther Maintenance advice, but have hit a bit of a brick wall, can you help??

(using PowerMac G4 1.25 DP mirror-doors)

1. Norton Uninstalled.
2. Booted off Panther Install CD, ran Disk First Aid - Repair Disk twice (hardly any fixes needed)
3. Restarted HD and repaired permissions.
ok so far.
4. Launched Terminal
> sudo periodic daily
> sudo periodic weekly
> sudo periodic monthly
>sudo update_prebinding -root / -force
problems begin:
BEACH BALL kicks in half way through prebinding
long wait, but no choice but to hard restart
and cannot get past White Boot Screen (with grey Apple)
6. tried resetting PRAM
no change
7. booted of install CD, Disk First Aid
no change on restart
8. tried resetting PRAM again
9. Booted into "Safe Boot" mode
no change
10. Booted into "Verbose" mode
here's what stood out:
"apple CPUThermo couldn't parse platform functions
load of /sbin/mach_init, errno 8, trying /etc/mach_init
load of /etc/mach_init failed, errno 2"

11. Booted off PantherCD
tried Archive and Install (Preserve settings etc...)
Disc 1 hung up at 85% of intall!!! BEACHBALL)
Despair set in...

Do you have any advice?
Both beachball interruptions - are they a sign of a hardware issue?
Did the hang during the Terminal prebinding do serious damage, even though the DiskFirstAid can't find any problems?

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  • prebinding beachball!
    2005-03-20 00:44:39  spheric [View]

    Make sure to run Disk Utility until it tells you that the volume is okay TWICE IN A ROW.

    Norton Utilities once managed to completely kill one of my external drives - to the point where i was calling up data-rescue services.

    Alsoft DISKWARRIOR fixed all directory/partition map problems within three minutes.

    I am not affiliated with them; I just whole-heartedly recommend their product. It has saved a lot of asses.

    Of course, I cannot rule out a possible hardware issue.
  • FJ de Kermadec photo prebinding beachball!
    2005-01-13 08:17:41  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to write, I really do appreciate it! I am deeply sorry to hear that you have been experiencing these issues...

    While intensive, the update_prebinding command is unlikely to cause any serious damage by crashing and especially not such broad damage. However, the crash might have been caused by an existing problem that just got revealed by the increased system activity.

    You might want to try running the Apple Hardware Test that came with your computer a few times in order to check for potential hardware trouble. Also, you may want to have a look at your hard drive's S.M.A.R.T status, available through Disk Utility.

    Let me know if this helps!