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Macbook pro startup issues

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by idoiot101, Feb 25, 2013.

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  1. idoiot101

    idoiot101 Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2013

    I’m having trouble figuring out what I should do to get our laptop running again.

    I recently tried to change the permissions on the main OS drive where you click get info and allow everyone to read and write and I applied it to all enclosed items...what happened was a series of windows saying such and such software was improperly installed please reinstall it...

    I had to click ok for 2 straight minutes... so I tried repairing disk permissions while it was still running...it would just kick up the same windows as mentioned above and stall the permissions task... so I tried to restart the computer...

    It wouldn’t successfully start, it gets to the apple logo with the wheel going...

    I’ve tried start up on install disk which works but disk repair says volume is OK, same with disk permissions, entering some terminal commands

    I have not successfully got safe boot working, once it gets past the loading bar it goes to staying on the gray logo screen forever...

    Is my only hope reinstalling the OS and losing all my data? Would upgrading to the latest OS help?

    It's running snow leopard
  2. tompatrick

    tompatrick Banned

    Apr 19, 2010
    Use installtion disk to boot the mac and move all your needed data to a safe location. If you reinstall the OS then you are sure to loose data, although a recovery data software might help you later. You mentioned that disk utility say volume is OK, but you can check this with a volume repair utility, just to assure.
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