Hi guys, I've looked around for a good looking community to get some help with my wife's MBP (1.1, 2.16ghz, 2gb RAM, 100gb HDD) and this looks like the perfect place. Here is what's going on: The batter is kaput (not the subject of this post) and will only last for about 2 mins, I mistakenly turned off the "lite switch" to the outlet my wife had her Laptop plugged into. Well when we returned home she turned it back on only to see this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/Charmpeddler/Fore%20Sale/MBPBootError.jpg I have tried a few things a friend suggested (conversation posted below) but i have come up with nothing at all. Our BIGGEST issue is that my wife writes for a living (novels) and she has not been diligent with her Time Machine backups. She also tells me that the last days worth of changes was not "saved" in word... SO if it was not for the lack of saving her progress i would ( after conformation from here that it is "just the HDD") buy a new HDD, install the OSX 10.6 and use the current drive as an external to pull needed files. Trial and error diagnostics already tried: " so far... Booting with "Cmd+V" or "Shft+Cmd+V" shows Black screen with same white txt. (there is a little more txt before, but nothing after. unable to type even though the courser shows (solid, not blinking). Booting with "Shft" shows no difference. I booted from the install disk and ran the Disk Utility (Verify disk showed clean) (ran the verify then Repair twice) still unable to boot. I was hopping i might be able to run one last Time Machine backup from the live CD but i'm not finding that option, just the restore option. I am unable to get fsck to run from within terminal. i've tried SUDO, and other options, i tried to get a "fsck help" or "fsck ?" thinking i was not getting the syntax correct, but nothing happens. IF i can't get this working again, i'm REALLY hopping it's "just" the HDD and i could buy a 120gb+ drive for cheap and just switch out hdd's and be good to go. is there anything in the little info i've given that says we could be so lucky as to only have to replace the HDD? " Thanks for any and all help.