MacBook Pro :: Doesn't Boot Beyond The Grey Screen With Apple Icon And Spinning Wheel

Mar 20, 2012

My macbook pro doesn't boot beyond the grey screen with apple icon and spinning wheel.  I used the "Option" button to access the Disk Utility function and run Repair Disk and Repair Disk Permissions.  Should I restart my computer?

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