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MacBook Pro :: Blue Screen And No Login Window

I have a 15in MBP running 10.5.8, and I've developed an issue after installing a software program that was meant for 10.4.3 only. The installation worked, and the software hung when I tried to open the program for the first time. (I didn't notice the warning before installation, so I am already aware that this situation is due to my actions, not the OS.) After the program wouldn't open, I tried to force-quit. It failed to close. I locked my workstation for lunch, and when I returned there was only a blue screen and no login window.

I rebooted from the blue screen, and now no login window appears. I have combed through this site and many others, and I am unable to find a situation with the same issues. I can boot perfectly into safe mode. I cannot boot from any installation disc, the system constantly reboots when trying to use the CD/DVD as a startup disc, from the original 10.5 discs.

Current process after power button is pressed:

Audible MAC sound is played
Grey-ish screen loads
Grey Apple logo appears
gear appears
periwinkle screen loads
blue screen loads
cursor appears
... Then nothing.

Here is what I have attempted so far:

1. Target disk mode. I setup an iMac and accessed the hard drive from target disc mode. All data was available. I was able to make a disc image of the volume. I was able to access Disk Utility and verify permissions, and repair the drive. During the repair function, it reported that the file count was different, and then positively returned a message stating that it had been repaired. After reboot, same issue persists.

2. Data Migration. I migrated all data to the iMac. All data and problem now occur on iMac. iMac does the exact issue, wherein it can only boot in safe mode. Also cannot boot from DVD.

3. Single User Mode. Command-S during power on to boot to prompt. Ran fcsk and drive reported discrepancies, repairs, and re-ran to report no issues with drive. Rebooted - same issue occurs.

4. Downloaded sLCC and ran every option on drive, from iMac via Firewire Target and also within safe mode.

5. Ran all updates in safe mode, and rebooted again.

6. Cleared out startup folders, and disabled all startup programs.

7. Gave up crying in fits of anger and frustration.

I am not thrilled with the concept of erasing and starting over. I have looked for the "Archive and Install" option, and I cannot locate that as a possibility.

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