After searching and reading this post I hold the shift key to start in safe mode and the 12" pb shuts down. Assuming Sherman is correct my HD is corrupt or for worse dead. Any suggestions on the easiest thing to do for this machine?
Yes, if it works. If not, you may have to use DiskWarrior or TechTool ProTiger disk is MIA, Leopard will be here Friday, it should still work eh?