Originally Posted by emg89
When I do the /sbin/SystemStarter line, I get this message; "could not create IPC Bootstrap port: com.apple.systemstarter"
Hmmm, instead of that line, try using:
and then proceed with the passwd root
so you would boot into single-user
type mount -uw /
If that still doesn't work, you can make a new user by invoking the Apple Setup Assistant with the following (if you do this immediately after booting into single user mode, remember to mount your drive first with mount -uw /):
This will take you to the movie intro that appears the first time you use OS X.
It won't let you use the same username as the one you have so make a new user and from that new admin account you should be able to try and recover your files.