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APPLE MACBOOK MY MACBOOK WONT BOOT UP, THE SCREEN LIGHTS UP AND I GET THE APPLE SIGN BUT IT JUST CONTINUES TO TRY TO LOAD. ANY IDEAS?

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  • robertledo Jan 05, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. The only course of action my macbook pro allows me to take is single-user mode, and in that mode it will not allow me to run the "diskutil repairPermissions /" command that was the recommended solution. Any other recomendations.

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If you get the Apple logo with spinning lines underneath it but not getting past this stage then the hard disc is being seen but something is failing in the boot process, causing it to stall.
Most likely this is a case of incorrect file permissions which is easily solved.
There are 2 ways of doing it, depending on whether you have an OS X install disc to hand or not.
IF YOU DO HAVE AN OS X INSTALL DISC:
Insert the disc into the DVD drive, power on the Mac on after hearing the chime hold down the C key. This forces the Mac to boot from the DVD. After a few minutes you'll get a screen asking which language you wish to use as the main language; select English or whichever is appropriate for you.
On the next screen the Installer box will appear. Ignore this and instead on the menu at the top of the screen select Utilities -> Disc Utility. Once this has loaded select your hard drive on the left hand pane and then first click "Repair Disc" and once that has finished click "Repair Permissions".
Once these have completed successfully reboot and OS X should load up fine.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN OS X INSTALL DISC:
This is a bit more tricky. You have to boot into single user mode. To do this power on the machine, and after the chime hold down Cmd (Apple key) and S together. The screen will turn black and an a load of white text will start appearing and scrolling upward as the system loads. Basically this is what happens behind the Apple startup logo, only in single user mode rather than multiple user mode.
After a few moments the text should stop scrolling and you should see a prompt which looks similar to:
localhost: / root#:
Note that localhost is the name of your computer so will possibly be different to "localhost". At this point type the following EXACTLY including spaces, capitalisation and dashes etc:
/sbin/fsck -fy
now press enter, then type:
/sbin/mount -uw /
now press enter then type:
diskutil repairPermissions /
and press enter. It may take a few minutes to repair the disc's permissions, but once complete you should have the 
localhost: / root#:

prompt again. Now type:
reboot
and hit enter. The system will then reboot and should boot into OS X without issue.

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If the Mac is having major HDD errors it wouldnt boot to the Apple logo.
Last time mine went bad it jams at the first screen the apple logo is normaly pass the normal.
Having it jam at the apple logo I would try to Reseat the ram or at least reset PRAM and or use the reset button on the back depending what model you have.

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The Apple logo is probably embedded in a chip; without any sign of an error, I would be suspecting the harddrive. When you first turn it on, listen closely to the end where the drive is located to ascertain whether the drive is irregularly seeking or constantly repeating the same motion. The latter means the drive cannot find the sector it needs to boot. 

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