I’m having a Windows moment with my Macintosh. Automatic software update downloaded the new version of Mac OS X, version 10.1.3. It’s supposed to be a minor improvement to 10.1.2, which I’ve been running up to now. But instead, the iBook won’t finish rebooting. It gets almost all the way through the reboot, and then just sits there with a blank blue screen.
I’m not the only one, either. I see others posting on the Apple discussion forums with an array of symptoms, including some that exactly match the ones I see. Arrgh.
The underlying OS is up and running. I’m able to FTP into the system, for instance, and I’m currently copying all the important files over to my Windows laptop via wireless Ethernet. I can even boot it in single-user bare-bones Unix mode with a text screen (!). But I don’t know how to recover the GUI, short of reinstalling everything from scratch. Sigh.
Maybe if I’m feeling really patient tomorrow I’ll try calling Apple tech support.