My copy of the latest version of PocketMac wasn't syncing, so I uninstalled using the Uninstall app in the PocketMac folder, with an intention of reinstalling PocketMac and hoping the syncing would work. (I have a graphite G4 desktop, Panther - 10.3.9.)
Well, it uninstalled, but when I tried to restart, the grey apple looked at me, and nothing else. I waited maybe 5 minutes, then hit the little reboot button on the front of the tower, and the same result.
Tried again, but used the Safe mode key combination (opt/command/shift/delete) - it e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y booted the computer from another system on another partition (which I had previously installed for just such an occasion), then tried running Disk Utility, looking at the offending system, but there was an error half way.
I tried booting again, and just let the apple stay where it was, and turned off the monitor. After maybe 10 minutes, I heard the hard drive spinning, turned on the monitor and the offending system was booting up.
I run Disk Warrior, hoping it will fix the boot problem, and when I wake up (I'd let DW do its thing), DW had finished. I restarted, again it took forever but finally booted up, but the time was 2 hours behind (???). I changed time in Prefs to the right time (automatically linking with the big clock via the net).
1. PocketMac had uninstalled some crucial file needed for booting the computer.
2. My Pram battery is gone (hence the date problem). In 11 years of owning Macs, replacing Pram batteries has more than once been the solution.
Today I'll go buy a Pram battery, and try booting the G4 again.
I baulk at installing Panther again (first backing up to DVD what I need to backup) in a process that will take hours (installing + putting backed up files back), but that may need to happen.
With old OS9 I would install a system (clean install) where I was fived a system folder and would just add extensions and prefs where needed.
Any sensible thoughts (save not using PocketMac