Simply put, you do not have anywhere near the HD space required to run OS X and OS 9 on that size HD.
You appear to have filled up every available bit of space on that drive. A full blown version of OS X will run around 3Gb, if not more, OS 9 has probably a Gb, all the other software that comes with the install and, remember this, you were trying to install an update which will take at least double the amount of space that it eventually occupy. Throw in Memory Paging and you have just about broke it.
Although 10.3.9 will run comfortable on it, OS 9 needs to go.
Disk Warrior "may" get you into a position where you can boot back into OS X, it is definately worth a try. If this iBook has Firewire AND you have a second Mac (or access to one) you can boot the iBook into Target mode and access the drive from another machine. Hopefully it will boot to Target mode for you. Startup holding down the "T" key. The firewire icon moves around the screen when ready. The drive then appears on the desktop of the other Mac and you can delete, or recover, files from there.
I am new to this forum, but I have searched all the posts to find something like my problem. I am also a grad student in my last year, living on student loans . . .
I have a graphite SE iBook, running Jaguar 10.3 and OS 9.2.
So, here is my problem:
1. I had downloaded an OS X update;
2. When I returned to the machine, there was a message that I was running out of disk space, but the machine was unresponsive.
3. I powered down and rebooted. Nothing.
4. Powered down and rebooted again. Nothing.
5. I rebooted using O-F; it came up, but I wasn't sure what to do while there.
6. I rebooted into single user mode and the machine when into kernel panic.
7. I tried to boot from my Jaguar disks; nothing.
8. I rebooted from my OS 9.2 disks. The machine came up.
9. I tried to delete the files in my Trash can, which consisted of 3 files: Rescued from Macintosh; Rescued from Macintosh 1; Rescued from Macintosh 2. Something spent a lot of time "preparing to delete", but returned with an Unable to delete: Disk Error message.
10. I checked this a couple of times; it was always the same.
11. I moved the files out of the trash can to my desktop, hoping to delete them directly without all the "preparing. . .", but it simply moved them back to trash can.
12. I have checked out Disk Warrior, which seems like the better option, and TechTool Pro. I would have to order both from the web, because here in southern New Mexico, we just don't have this stuff on the shelf
So here is my question:
Is this behavior typical of a problem that could be solved with Disk Warrior, and prevented in this future? (The software sounds pretty good).
I am not much of a Mac person, although I have learned a lot in the past few days. I have lots of background in PC and mainframe and minicomputers (dating myself, enit!).
But I am concerned that when it says Disk Error, I have really crashed the hard drive. I don't have enough experience with Mac to know if this is a real possibility . . . or, if someone just overwrote a buffer and trashed some addresses, and Disk Warrior would be able to fix it right up.
Also, I have a 5.6 Gb drive, but it is saying that I only have 127 Mb available. I don't have that many of my own files, because this has become a machine I use to test software and in special cases. So where is the rest of ths space? Is it in those rescue files?
I will be very appreciative for what help you can give me.