I'm sorry that post didn't make much sense. For a while now I've been tripping out on this problem...
Here's a more coherent list of what is going on:
My operating system crashed on my Mac Book Pro (early 2008 edition). I believe the culprit was Apple Update checking for third party support modifications. I believe something I had tripped it, causing my Mac to fail at start up. I had recently put a partition of Windows XP SP3 for a LAN party not but a week before. Everything was running fine. I then tried to update Mac OS through the update manager, which got me to where I am now.
I have tried everything to get this Mac to run again. Everything I have done has resulted in more problems.
I tried the simple method of booting in Safe Boot mode. It still didn't boot.
I tried to boot from the disk to issue a disk and permissions repair. The list showed that everything was working correctly. I restarted, and still I got a grey screen.
I tried using the firewire approach. But instead of getting my Mac partition, I got the Windows. The Mac partition was no where to be seen.
I tried to start from scratch and reinstall Mac OS... And with 2 hours later the Mac did nothing. It didn't boot a window for me or anything. I still had the grey screen with the apple logo and the gear.
What am I doing wrong...? I just want my computer back...
If it's any surprise, my Windows partition works great. I'm typing all of this on it actually...