you can't authenticate from SBFS if the SBFS is broken (which it sounds like it is in your case) - you'll need to auth from an sdb file extracted from your db.
The restore MBR feature was added in later versions of 5.2, so this machine might have been activated beforehand?
Best route would be to get the correct SDB file, validate it, and do a manual decryption unless the disk info is intact, in which case just eboot it.
Thank you for your help, I am not as well versed on some safeboot procedures, what is "eboot"?
emergency boot - the standard recovery process which fixes all SBFS problems? It will only work though if the disk information is still intact.
ok, I have done that before. thakn you for the help.