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Emac stalls on the OS X start-up

When I start my e-mac, the process of start up is as follows
White screen Grey apple, pinwheel.
Next screen I get the "starting mac os x" Blue screen and white box with task bar. When the task bar is filled and complete, it sits like that and does not proceed any further. I hope I did not loose all of my Itunes and video editing!! :(
I am new to Mac and hope this is simple. Thank you.

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Start here...   Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck  Mac OS X: How to start up in single-user or verbose mode  If that doesn't help, try booting into Safe Mode and see what happens, if it comes up hopefully another restart may solve, if not, you can at least use this as a starting point to try and resolve. Safe Mode will allow you to get around, surf, etc...   What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?   Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode
If Safe Mode comes up alright, I would install AppleJack, excellent troubleshooting article can be found here... Troubleshooting Tools: AppleJack  Another excellent free tool for performing maintenance is Onyx (be sure to download the right version for your system). Install the package, then run it, it will check your drive and the structure, after this, click on the automation tab and check on everything for Maintenance, Clear Cache, Cleaning, and check on Reset -> LaunchServices database and Mail's Envelope Index. When it completes, restart. Repeat any time something seems flaky, if not try to run at least once a month. 

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