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MacBook Aluminum :: Won't Load Past Gray Apple Screen

A few months ago my cat peed on my computer and despite the battery no longer working the computer its self continued working fine after letting it sit a few days. A few weeks ago I accidentally unplugged it form the wall forcefully turning it off, when I tried to turn it back on it wouldn't go past the gray apple logo with the spinning pinwheel. I've tried to troubleshooting it numerous times but even after letting it safe boot all night I came to no avail. ll the suggestions I've gotten on other sites say I sould re-install the OSX server, the problem being I don't know how, or which OSX I have, they also say the memory will probably be erased, I can't have this happen because I have many things I wrote on there that I have no where else. I bought this laptop in the first few days of 2009. What do I do without erasing the memory?


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I just did a software update download from Apple. It came back and said that not all of the items were installed and the computer needed to restart. I did the restart. Now it wont go past the grey apple screen with the spinning gear.

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I cam in to work this morning and found my Mac on with fans blazing the the display just showing the grey Apple screen and spinning circle. I have it set to turn on before I arrive at work and it has been doing so flawlessly for all the years I've had it. When I shut down last night everything was working fine. Now this.

I've scanned some help forums but can't quite determine what the cause might be. Old battery on the memory card, a bad memory chip, ...I'm not sure.

As I said, things had been working flawlessly for years.

I've tried unplugging and re-plugging in the power cord (nope), resetting the PRAM (didn't work), Pressing the PRAM button on the memory board (again no), resetting things from Open Firmware (Using these commands: reset-nvram, set-defaults, reset-all -- no luck)and now have Disk Utility repairing permissions from the install DVD. That doesn't seem to be doing anything, it has been "Determining correct file permissions" from my startup disk for about 20 mintues now...usually it goes a lot quicker.

Any thoughts? This is my primary work machine and if I can't get it running I'm dead in the water. I'm accessing these forums from a PC in the office and would rather not have to,

(also, when running permission repair, do you repair the volume or the primary disk? I'm repairing the named sub-volume of the hard drive.)

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