problems restarting Black Macbook (10.5.8)
i got a new optical drive about a month ago, tried installing it myself following instructions but messed up in reassembly - HD not recognized. so i took it to tekserve, they did it right, and all was supposedly good.
then last week i had two restarts getting the circle/slash after the apple. i realized i was restarting with a 3rd party peripheral connected (just a USB audio in/out stick), and restarting without it solved the issue.
then i started having this issue: starting up hangs on the apple and spinning wheel. i zapped the PRAM a few times and that did the trick at first. but then back to the same issue.
i was able to start up in safe mode just fine last week. rescued a few files off of it, then was able to restart normally.
while i had it on, i tried to install apple's recent update for the flashback trojan. it said there was no application to update. so i downloaded and tried to install the original update (which i thought i had). neither the normal installer nor pacifist would install the files. i got an error with a long number.
since then, it won't start up. i tried doing the "reset" (powering off, unplugging, removing the battery for a minute, then trying again, but no luck.
in fact right now i tried safe mode and it hangs.
but get this: my drive is half bootcamp, and windows starts up and works just fine.
the mac side starts off the install disk just fine. disk utility says the drive and all permissions are fine (fixed one permission).
also, i was able to start up in firewire mode and see the contents from another computer. but here's the catch to that, which could be part of the overall problem:
for some reason, there has always seemed to be two different sections of my mac, that have identical folders of everything, except the contents are different. if i use the shortcuts in the left menu, i get what i use 99% of the time. if i just go to the HD and look, the folders are all the same, but some files are missing because i created/copied/modified them through the left menu.
maybe the main section is under my username? that is inaccessible via firewire. the part that is firewire-accessible is maybe some kind of public folder?
anyone have any ideas as to the cause and possible solution?
Last edited by processor93; July 2nd, 2012 at 04:26 PM.
black macbook, 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, OS 10.5.8, Boot Camp w/Windows XP Home