Ok an embarrassing set of circumstances and my 2.2 MBP, on launch, remains at the grey screen indefinitely. Home with the parents for the holidays. Loaded 10.5 onto my MPB without the archive installation. My dad became very adamant that i install the archived version. Despite the fact that i am sure it is too late to retrieve the archived settings from 10.4.11 now that 10.5 is installed, i install again using the archive option to appease the old man. The installation takes up an additional 11 or so gigs and i am down to like 2 gigs (i have a 32 gig windows partitioned on bootcamp, hence the lack of space). Anyway, i use "whatsize" to clear some files and i throw out garageband and a folder called private (which maybe should have tipped me off not to delete it). I assumed it was from the previous install of 10.5 because i didn't think i freed up the space from the original install. Anyway, i go to restart the computer, and it remains at the grey boot up screen for hours. Repaired the disk using the leopard install disk and no change. I don't mind doing a clean wipe and install, but i'd like to somehow retrieve some files from the hard drive first, so if anyone has any ideas how to solve this problem, or grab a few files before a clean install, help would be appreciated. Thanks!