I installed 4 updates, I think it was itunes, ilife and 2 other programs. I was shutting down my computer and it asked me if I wanted to install the 4 files either on the shut down or next time i start up, I forget when it actually was installing. Anyways it got to this stage "patching files." The progress bar was moving nowhere and I was sitting there for over 10 minutes before I got impatient and manually powered my mac off(I have a macbook w/ leopard.) The next time I started my up, I entered my password to login and the next screen was a plain leopard screen (not even my background. When I normally start up it takes me to the standard leopard screen for 2-3 seconds and then goes to my regular wallpaper.) No dock appears. I pressed every button on my keyboard. Nothing happens. No dock, no icons on my desktop. I restarted 10 times, even tried safe mode but same thing happens. Anybody know what I can do? On top of all that I'm in Italy now and I doubt they have an Apple store. Thanks in advance.