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    Default Powerbook only boots to Safe Mode HELP!

    Hi I have a 15" Powerbook 1.5ghz, 2 gb ddr with os x 10.4 installed. The machine will install OS X without a problem, but will startup in safe mode after the install. If I completely wipe the drive and fresh install (no archive), the machine will typically install and boot up properly, but within a week, the computer will freeze and the screen will go black, (a backlit black with a ghostly image of there the dock should be(not sleep mode black)). It ALWAYS boots in safe mode, I have ran Tech Tool Pro on a loop 35 times and it passes every time. I have ran Disk warrior. I have done all the normal tries, zapping the pram, resetting nvram, set defaults, etc. Any Ideas? Here is my last console.log

    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: vm_page_bootstrap: 508878 free pages
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: mig_table_max_displ = 70
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
    Oct 21 16:49:51 localhost lookupd[47]: lookupd (version 365) starting - Tue Oct 21 16:49:51 2008
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost mDNSResponder-107 (Mar 20 2005 20: 31:47)[49]: starting
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: using 5242 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Extension "com.apple.driver.KeyLargoATA" has no kernel dependency.
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost DirectoryService[46]: Launched version 1.8 (v346)
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: IOPCCard info: Intel PCIC probe: TI 1510 rev 00
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: FireWire (OHCI) Apple ID 31 built-in now active, GUID 000d93ff fe2f4eb6; max speed s800.
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver:robe
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver::start before command
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: ADB present:8c
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Security auditing service present
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: BSM auditing present
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: disabled
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: rooting via boot-uuid from /chosen: F85BEA37-78D5-3A30-B857-BE3D61F573F0
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Waiting on <dict ID="0"><key>IOProviderClass</key><string ID="1">IOResources</string><key>IOResourceMatch</key><string ID="2">boot-uuid-media</string></dict>
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Got boot device = IOService:/MacRISC2PE/pci@f4000000/AppleMacRiscPCI/ata-6@D/AppleKauaiATA/ATADeviceNub@0/IOATABlockStorageDriver/IOATABlockStorageDevice/IOBlockStorageDriver/FUJITSU MHV2060AH Media/IOApplePartitionScheme/Apple_HFS_Untitled_1@3
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: BSD root: disk0s3, major 14, minor 2
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: jnl: replay_journal: from: 6874112 to: 2138112 (joffset 0x1c1000)
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver::stop
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: [HCIController][start]
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: [AppleUSBHCIController][StopIsochPipeRead] - mInt1IsochInPipe = 0 - numReadsPending = 0
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: [start] 1
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Jettisoning kernel linker.
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Resetting IOCatalogue.
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost kernel[0]: Matching service count = 0
    Oct 21 16:49:52 localhost diskarbitrationd[41]: disk0s3 hfs F85BEA37-78D5-3A30-B857-BE3D61F573F0 Mac /
    Oct 21 16:49:53 localhost kernel[0]: UniNEnet: Ethernet address 00:0d:93:2f:4e:b6
    Oct 21 16:49:53 localhost launchd: Server 2913 in bootstrap 1103 uid 0: "/usr/sbin/lookupd"[47]: exited abnormally: Hangup
    Oct 21 16:49:54 localhost lookupd[62]: lookupd (version 365) starting - Tue Oct 21 16:49:54 2008
    Oct 21 16:49:56 localhost kernel[0]: [HCIController][setupHardware] AFH Is Supported
    Oct 21 16:49:56 localhost mDNSResponder: Adding browse domain local.
    Oct 21 16:49:58 localhost kernel[0]: ATY,Jasper_A: vram [b8000000:04000000]
    Oct 21 16:49:59 localhost kernel[0]: ATY,Jasper_B: vram [b8000000:04000000]
    Oct 21 16:50:00 localhost /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow: Login Window Application Started
    Oct 21 16:50:01 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 configd[39]: setting hostname to "james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15.local"
    Oct 21 16:50:04 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 loginwindow[68]: Login Window Started Security Agent
    Oct 21 16:50:44 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 shutdown: reboot by root:
    Oct 21 16:50:45 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 SystemStarter[80]: authentication service (93) did not complete successfully
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: vm_page_bootstrap: 508878 free pages
    Oct 21 17:10:28 localhost mDNSResponder-107 (Mar 20 2005 20: 31:47)[51]: starting
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: mig_table_max_displ = 70
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost lookupd[48]: lookupd (version 365) starting - Tue Oct 21 17:10:29 2008
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost DirectoryService[49]: Launched version 1.8 (v346)
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: using 5242 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Extension "com.apple.driver.KeyLargoATA" has no kernel dependency.
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: IOPCCard info: Intel PCIC probe: TI 1510 rev 00
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: FireWire (OHCI) Apple ID 31 built-in now active, GUID 000d93ff fe2f4eb6; max speed s800.
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver:robe
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver::start before command
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: ADB present:8c
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Security auditing service present
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: BSM auditing present
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: disabled
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: rooting via boot-uuid from /chosen: F85BEA37-78D5-3A30-B857-BE3D61F573F0
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Waiting on <dict ID="0"><key>IOProviderClass</key><string ID="1">IOResources</string><key>IOResourceMatch</key><string ID="2">boot-uuid-media</string></dict>
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Got boot device = IOService:/MacRISC2PE/pci@f4000000/AppleMacRiscPCI/ata-6@D/AppleKauaiATA/ATADeviceNub@0/IOATABlockStorageDriver/IOATABlockStorageDevice/IOBlockStorageDriver/FUJITSU MHV2060AH Media/IOApplePartitionScheme/Apple_HFS_Untitled_1@3
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: BSD root: disk0s3, major 14, minor 2
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: CSRHIDTransitionDriver::stop
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: [HCIController][start]
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: [AppleUSBHCIController][StopIsochPipeRead] - mInt1IsochInPipe = 0 - numReadsPending = 0
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: [start] 1
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Jettisoning kernel linker.
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Resetting IOCatalogue.
    Oct 21 17:10:29 localhost kernel[0]: Matching service count = 0
    Oct 21 17:10:30 localhost diskarbitrationd[43]: disk0s3 hfs F85BEA37-78D5-3A30-B857-BE3D61F573F0 Mac /
    Oct 21 17:10:32 localhost kernel[0]: UniNEnet: Ethernet address 00:0d:93:2f:4e:b6
    Oct 21 17:10:32 localhost launchd: Server 3143 in bootstrap 1103 uid 0: "/usr/sbin/lookupd"[48]: exited abnormally: Hangup
    Oct 21 17:10:33 localhost lookupd[68]: lookupd (version 365) starting - Tue Oct 21 17:10:33 2008
    Oct 21 17:10:35 localhost mDNSResponder: Adding browse domain local.
    Oct 21 17:10:36 localhost kernel[0]: [HCIController][setupHardware] AFH Is Supported
    Oct 21 17:10:38 localhost kernel[0]: ATY,Jasper_A: vram [b8000000:04000000]
    Oct 21 17:10:39 localhost kernel[0]: ATY,Jasper_B: vram [b8000000:04000000]
    Oct 21 17:10:40 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 configd[41]: setting hostname to "james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15.local"
    Oct 21 17:10:41 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow: Login Window Application Started
    Oct 21 17:31:23 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow: Login Window Application Started
    Oct 21 17:31:24 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 loginwindow[340]: Login Window Started Security Agent
    Oct 21 17:31:34 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framework/Support/ATSServer: (-3230) Cannot use ATS Persistent Store - switching to old FODB cache code
    Oct 21 17:33:18 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 kernel[0]: UniNEnet::monitorLinkStatus - Link is up at 100 Mbps - Full Duplex
    Oct 21 17:33:20 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 launchd: Server 0 in bootstrap 1103 uid 0: "/usr/sbin/lookupd"[68]: exited abnormally: Hangup
    Oct 21 17:33:20 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 configd[41]: executing /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/Kicker.bundle/Contents/Resources/enable-network
    Oct 21 17:33:20 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 configd[41]: posting notification com.apple.system.config.network_change
    Oct 21 17:33:20 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 lookupd[370]: lookupd (version 365) starting - Tue Oct 21 17:33:20 2008
    Oct 21 17:33:23 james-montgomerys-powerbook-g4-15 configd[41]: target=enable-network: disabled

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    So, you mean it starts in Safe mode even though you don't hold any keys down?

    You said you did a clean install of 10.4........did you also update beyond the install? If not, consider downloading and installing 10.4.11 Combo updater to help rule out software issues.

    Outside of that, it could be a flaky or dying HD. Any chance you have a firewire drive you could install 10.4 on and boot from for testing. Easy way to remove the internal drive as a variable during troubleshooting.

    Is it possible that some software you installed later, after the OS was up and happy may be the cause?
    "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jef Raskin

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    Default Powerbook only boots to Safe Mode HELP!

    It boots to safe mode when I hold shift. Otherwise it boots all the way to the blue screen before OS X and then it stalls on that screen, sometimes with a frozen mouse pointer, other times the mouse pointer never shows up.
    It has the 10.4.11 update installed. I already swapped out the hard drive, the fre

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    Default Powerbook only boots to Safe Mode HELP!

    It boots to safe mode when I hold shift. Otherwise it boots all the way to the blue screen before OS X and then it stalls on that screen, sometimes with a frozen mouse pointer, other times the mouse pointer never shows up.
    It has the 10.4.11 update installed. I already swapped out the hard drive, the fresh install worked for about a week, then proceeded with booting problems. I haven't installed any other software on the machine. Every so often when I boot the screen will go black, (not sleep mode black, you can see that the backlight is on, and there is a ghostly image of where the dock usually is). I have also ran memtest in single user mode, everything checked out clear. I am beginning to suspect logic board or video components somewhere.
    Mac authority wants over $100 to look at it for one hour. I've spent upwards of 20 digging into it and I don't think they will be able to test it half as much as I have in an hour. Then they will just come back with a $300+ logic board repair plus another 100 for the hour. I might as well buy another powerbook on ebay for that.

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