I'm not sure what's going on with my Mac, but about a week ago it started acting funny and I was forced to do hard shutdowns. When rebooting, it would take forever to get to my login screen. I've Google and done the whole clear PRAM (or whatever) thing, fix permissions, checked disc, safe mode, etc. etc. After some time I was able to get it up and running and thought nothing of it. So today, I was working with it just fine and then it started acting up again (programs slow to open, transferring files taking forever, appear to freeze and then resume and finally just froze all together), resulting in forced shutdowns. Now, when I try to boot up, I get to the gray Apple screen, with the spinning gear and it stays there. And after a while I get a no entry symbol (circle with a slash through it). What gives? This is a $2000 machine (Fall 2008 dollars) and I don't expect my machine to fail just a month after the 1 year warranty is up. I never thought to get Apple care so I don't have it. What should I do? edit: also, when I was working the screen suddenly turned blue while ejecting a SD Card and got the spinning gears and it just say there forever until I forced shut down.