Startup problem

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by wahei-no-tenshi, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. wahei-no-tenshi macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I think my macbook had a problem while installing a recent update, and now it always gets stuck during startup (at gray screen with the apple logo). I've tried using disk utility to repair disk/permissions as well as going into single-user mode and running fsck -f, both to no avail. Tried booting in safe mode, but it fails. Now, there's a couple of things I'm wondering...

    1. I've read that installing a combo update can sometimes correct damage caused during updates, but is there any way I can install it pre-startup (via a flash drive or something)?

    2. My next option would be to archive and install, but will this work if I only have my original OS X install disc which is 10.4 (and I'm currently running 10.6)? And will I lose anything on my HDD in the process??

    Any advice/help would be much appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. eman macrumors 6502a

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    Run 10.6 Snow Leopard again and everything should remain the same on your HD.
     
  3. wahei-no-tenshi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I went out and got a new snow leopard disc, but now when I try to reinstall snow leopard it says, "Mac OS X couldn't be installed on this disk","The contents of this disk can't be changed".

    Any idea why that's happening, or how it can be fixed?
     
  4. eman macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure you're running 10.6 Snow Leopard already? If so, just click on the HD that has 10.6 and load the OS.
     

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