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Mac G5 startup problem

We turned on our macG5 after it being off for 4 days. it was plugged in BUT not on. screen went black and in upper left corner it said:
/etc/master.password:invalidargument. -sh:/etc/profile:invallidargument -sh-2.05b= (blinking cursor)

???????????help. ww need to use this machine asap.

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Try an archive and install of the OS. This will save your settings and files but reinstall the OS. You can do this by booting to the cd and choosing archive and install instead of erase and install. If it happens again, it could be a slowly failing hard drive developing bad sectors, or the less likely of bad ram.

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