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MacBook Aluminum :: Won't Go Past The Boot-up Screen - How To Fix It


Okay, so I had about 3,008 of other peoples' pictures on my MacBook that I didn't want. I sent them all to the Trash in iPhoto to get rid of them. I then two-finger clicked on the Trash in iPhoto and told it to empty trash. It asked me if I was sure I wanted to delete all 3,008 photos and I clicked yes. (in retrospect, I should have clicked no.) After the program had sat doing nothing except turning my mouse pointer into a spinning rainbow-wheel for about 15 minutes, I decided something must be wrong. I two-finger clicked the iPhoto application in my dock to try and tell it to Force Quit, but it just froze. the application didn't even shrink back to normal when I pulled the mouse pointer away from it. My friend said to just turn it off and try turning it back on, and held the power button down so the computer shut off. I waited a few minutes, tried to turn it back on, and all I got was the boot up screen (white with the gray apple logo and a spinning wheel thing underneath it) for about five minutes and then it shut itself off. It has been doing this every time I've tried to turn it on since yesterday afternoon.

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Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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My computer froze last night. When I restarted, it went through the apple logo with that turning thing, then went to the blue screen and that was it. It did not boot up completely. I then called Apple which had me to safe boot, which worked. Then, I restarted and it was fine.

I then logged into a computer game which I play every once in a while. All of a sudden the screen started to go wild. Strange changes of colors. Then it froze. I then restarted and again only got to the blue screen (right before the log in page).

I repeated the safe boot which was fine, but, the second time I restarted normally, it never fully booted.

I called Apple again. They had me restart with the Option/Command/P and R buttons. That did not work. Then I restarted with I think it was Command S to do the fsck thing.

After it analyzed the system the message came on that the Computer is appearing OK.

But still only got to the blue screen. I then ran Disk Warrior, did verify disk, disk permission, repair permission etc, etc. On every thing I ran, it said the computer seems to be OK.

I have not yet tried to boot from the original OSX CD to try to repair.

I am very frustrated to say the least. Is there anything else that can be done that I have missed? Or did my Mac Pro just break??

I can still log in in safe mode, but thats it

Information:
Mac Pro Dual 2.66 Ghz, 10 GB Ram, Logic Studio, WD 500GB/16 Mb Int. HD SATA
Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Kontakt 2, GPO , PreSonus Firebox, Unitor 8 Midi Patch

Posted: Dec 3, 2009

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I installed some software update packages today, and now the computer won't boot up. It's not the normal "non-boot" that can be circumvented by doing a safe boot, or target disk mode, etc. I can't even get the computer to recognize they keyboard. Here are the symptoms:

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Information:
Intel based iMac 24"
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In my first attempt, I cloned the original disk to the SSD on another computer, verified the data got on there OK, and installed the SSD into the Macbook.  In subsequent attempts, I just formatted the SSD to see if the Mac would recognize it at all. 

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Info:
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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I was having trouble submitting an assignment on the American Military University website. After I finally submitted and verified my submission was successful, Finder popped open a window, without being prompted, with a specific part of my "private" folder showing. In the info window it showed that I had read only privleges, but that a user named "wheel" had permissions. Thing is, there is no such user. I am the sole user, and that is not my user name. I panicked, thinking I was being hacked, and moved the entire "private" folder to the trash. It was over 5 gigs. I had to input my admin password after dropping the folder in the trash. Then, my system froze. Now I can't get past the grey boot screen with apple logo and spinning wheel.

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MacBook Pro 13.3", Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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I've have used Recovery HD and Disk Utility to repair/verify the hard drive and after the repair it still won't boot up past the apple logo. I downloaded OSX Lion 10.7.4 (client combo) update onto an external drive but I can't install the update when using Recovery HD. I've tried mounting the existing hard drive onto an external drive, but I get an error mesage immediately.

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