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James are you still there? I was able to get the black screen

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James are you still there? I was able to get the black screen up for "single user mode". I'll be happy to pay you if you want to try and finish.
Hi Paul,

I'd be happy to keep working with you for as long as you wish, I just want to make sure I don't give you any false hopes - if the problem is hardware related, nothing we can do will fix this...
That said, in the black screen, please type:

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

Make sure to type a space after rm, and then after db/
Make sure the A,S,D in AppleSetupDone are capitals.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hold on. I'm rebooting it again with command S. All the fans were blowing and it sounded like it was overheating, so I turned it off. Give me a minute. Okay...I will pay you even if it is hardware. Hold on

Paul, please take your time!

I'm with you for as long as you need.


Customer: replied 3 years ago. says:


rm: /var/db/ : is a directory

rm: .AppleSetupDone: no such file or directory

localhost: / root#



rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

Only make a space after rm, and NOT after "db/"

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

it says "no such file or directory"


Okay - that means the file was removed.

Go ahead and reboot - any change?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

same thing...but now I held down the "t" and rebooted and I connect that computer with this one (firewire) and I can see everything is there. Is there any way we can fix it by working through this computer?

I wish there was, but we cannot get the faulty computer to a state where we can recover it.

I'm very sorry Paul, the only thing to do is have it repaired... I'm really very sorry!

James and 4 other Mac Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ugh! Well you can't say we didn't try. So yes, absolutely, take the $58. Thanks for everything.

Thank you Paul, I appreciate the fact you appreciate my time.

If there is anything else I can do, please do let me know!

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