ello guys: really need your help on this one(well two...) my Mac (PB12"1.5gHz tiger) doesn't log on - log on screen appears but when i type in the password it says loading then after a while the background changes from the standard mac background to just a blue.ish colour (colour blind...) i've tried leaving it over night to see if it loads but not luck... also tried resetting the vram, didn't change. even tried booting in to safe mode but same thing happenes. (turn on - apple gray loading screen - login box - enter password - nothing....) now i'm stuck. deffently not hardware prob cos ubuntu is working. if anyone can help me i will be forever greatfull. also... does anyone know how to access protected user files (i'm 90% sure that filevault is off if that helps) on an external HDD? as i was thinking taking the HDD out (dont wanna do it unless will work cos i hate taking apart macs) of my PB and just pluggin in to another computer so i can back everything up then format and install a fresh copy of OS X on... or if anyone knows how to access my mac partition and get the protected files in ubuntu then please tell me. i'm up for trying anything... thank you!