I have tried to find threads on how a person recovers from stupidity, but with no luck. Here's my story. Help out if you feel enough pity.
I have been using my osx86 box with much success when one of the OS X updates popped up. When I am on my Mini, I don't think twice about doing the updates, and sadly... the moment overcame me and my 10.4.5 install suddenly found itself preparing for a 10.4.7 update.
She wasn't reached in time. The update completed, the unit was rebooted and now I am enjoying a black screen with an error message.
I don't mind reinstalling OS X, but how do I recover files from the hard drive besides single user mode?
I tried using the "Archive and Install" feature I had read about, but instead of getting the option I get an error that says I can't install because my disc version is too old compared to the local install. I have a 10.4.6 disc which allows a reinstall, sans the A&I option I need.
Any help is appreciated. Or feel free to point me to any threads I might have missed in my searches.