Like the title says, I can't boot past the blue screen. The first issue was the laptop would freeze during normal operations ... cursor wouldn't move, etc. I would hard reboot and sometimes it would complete the reboot and sometimes it would hang at the blue screen (no cursor, no beachball, nothing). I can boot into Safe Mode every time but can't reboot normally. I have looked at verbose mode (Cmd+V) and didn't see any errors. I rebooted in single-user mode (Cmd+S) and didn't see anything wrong. My permissions are good when I run Disk Utility. My disk verifies when I run Disk Utility. I ran a hardware test from the install disc (restart + D) and hardware checked out just fine. I re-updated using the 10.5.8 combo update from the apple site. Does this sound like a harddrive failing? Normally, I would say yes, but the fact I can boot into Safe Mode and operate things just fine befuddles me. Any ideas out there?