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Eric needs some help -

Post by bcomnes » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:30 pm

OK folks , here's a an update from Eric who is without power in Northern California.....is there a Mac doctor in the house?

If any of you you have any ideas how to recover his Mac so it boots up or failing that any utilities he could try to recover his files, I'm sure he would appreciate it, once the power comes back on at his home and business.

Short form is that a new Firefox version hosed his mac to brick state. If you have any suggestions, please send em this way.

Here's what he wrote yesterday.

Just as I was preparing for the power-off, I discovered a
major bug in the new Firefox version 70 on MacOS. As in, the bug
ass-raped my Mac. On the forum I operate for Wikipedia nonsense,
trying to upload an image causes Firefox to hang. As in, I can't kill
the browser. Nothing else will start either. Total brick.

So, force power off, start it up again. Firefox "helpfully"
auto-starts and tries to reload my last session. And hangs AGAIN.
Leaving the machine bricked. Forever. Resetting NVRAM did nothing. No,
there is NOTHING online about this, it is too new.

If MacOS had a "safe mode" like Windows I could start it like that,
with apps disabled, and delete the browser config files. or at least
copy my workfiles over. Is there such a thing? Apparently not.

I've got an external SATA to USB adapter. Oops, sorry, no other Macs,
must read it with a Windows PC. Oops, sorry, Windows can't read HFS
partitions. Install HFS Explorer--oops, sorry, it can't see the
external hard drive.

If I can get my workfiles off the drive, that is.



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Post by Delepathy » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:03 am

Posted this on Facebook. Hopefully will get some help there.

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Post by CursedFrogurt » Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:15 pm

Holding shift while booting loads safe mode (at least it did in older versions of OS, haven't used that feature in a bit).

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Post by CursedFrogurt » Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:17 pm

If feeling adventurous, could potentially boot into Single User Mode, mount the drive, and manually delete the Firefox saved tabs cache so it doesn't try to reload the session.

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Post by CursedFrogurt » Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:42 pm

Oh actually --

Cmd + R while booting gets into recovery mode.
If your HDD is encrypted, you'll need to open disk utility and mount it (using your account password)
Then go to Utilities -> Terminal
Delete any shit you need
Reboot

Ex:
cd /Users/[metasonix]/Library/Saved\ Application\States
rm -rf org.mozilla.*

(or just remove Firefox totally)

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Post by FatRocky » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:28 am

i once recovered my data on a Mac using Stellar Phoenix ( data was destroyed by reversed polarity when girlfriend installed Firewire cable backwards: https://www.stellarinfo.com/?gclid=EAIa ... gKcmvD_BwE


it worked almost 100% just some corrupted small files. Then put all on a trusted Hard Drive and used Diskwarrior to repaired the drives on computer before using it back again. The damaged drive i throw it to the rubbish

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Post by metasonix » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:12 pm

thanks for suggestions. I finally pulled out the hard drive and copied to another external drive with Windows 7 on an older PC, with an obscure set of HFS file system drivers.

With the generator running I was able to set up an old HP PC to run Ubuntu and Win7 on dual boot. All old files are on an external USB drive, and the browser is set up and handling all bookmarks and passwords. That was three days of work--with no PG&E.

Power is still out here. Weather is still beautiful (during the day--at night it gets daaaamn cold). I feel very sorry for the many people in NorCal who are freezing in their own homes and can't get any help. California is still a giant corrupt real estate scam.

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Post by metasonix » Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:04 pm

Power went on last night. Life is almost normal.

Although NOW the small UPS that runs this computer is doing weird things. In only 4 days a Mac, the mouse I used on the Mac, the KEYBOARD I used on the Mac, and now the UPS that ran the Mac, all went apeshit. Does not seem to be related(?) Sometimes I wonder if the native people cursed this corner of Norcal, esp. the use of electricity.

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Post by gringostar » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:04 pm

metasonix wrote:Power went on last night. Life is almost normal.

Although NOW the small UPS that runs this computer is doing weird things. In only 4 days a Mac, the mouse I used on the Mac, the KEYBOARD I used on the Mac, and now the UPS that ran the Mac, all went apeshit. Does not seem to be related(?) Sometimes I wonder if the native people cursed this corner of Norcal, esp. the use of electricity.
America was literally built on a native american cemetery so this checks out.

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Post by ignatius » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:56 pm

btw just mentioning that google Chrome has also been bricking apple computers.. as of about amonth ago.

there's a long thread on gearslutz about it. apparently it totally scrambles some important OS stuff at the kernel level or something.

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Post by metasonix » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:06 pm

ignatius wrote:btw just mentioning that google Chrome has also been bricking apple computers.. as of about amonth ago.
Ha ha, been having an email argument with a friend about web browsers. He thinks they ALL suck hopelessly. Maybe so, but we are stuck with them, so might as well find a tolerable balance.

(Only a fool would use the "official" version of Chrome. It has been suspected of being an "evil app" for years. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/n ... mation-to/ Yet it became the most popular browser, and still is today. Suckers.)

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Post by electricanada » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:43 pm

Sooo, tell us more about this Wikipedia nonsense forum?
Eléctrica (electric) Nāda (the yoga of sound).

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Post by metasonix » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:53 pm

electricanada wrote:Sooo, tell us more about this Wikipedia nonsense forum?
Just restored....You be the judge

https://wikipediasucks.co/forum/index.php

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Post by electricanada » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:00 pm

metasonix wrote:
electricanada wrote:Sooo, tell us more about this Wikipedia nonsense forum?
Just restored....You be the judge

https://wikipediasucks.co/forum/index.php
One quick browse of your forum reminded me how toxic it feels to edit and create for WP. I used to do a lot, a decade or so ago. I have thousands of edits and a number of created articles. But the drama got overwhelming, and so I do maybe one or two quick edits a year now, if any. People given trivial powers are the worst, and ruin things.
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