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Welcome to Mac-Forums, davegoorn. The easy way out of this is to get yourself an external hard drive and, booting from your CD, copy over the files you want to keep and then re-install the OS on your Mac.

If you want to try stuff, you might try Resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM. In the Knowledge Base Article, Apple says to let the chime ring for a second time: since your Mac is pretty messed up, I'd let it ring five times then let go of the keys.

If you happen to have Alsoft's DiskWarrior, this app would probably save the day right now, if the problem isn't hardware related, that is.

Check your Mac's firmware as there seems to have been updates for it. Be sure of what you are doing here, don't install these unless they are needed otherwise you might end up with bigger problems than you already have.

Just to rule out that hardware failure possibility... In your install disk kit that came with your Mac, you should have a Hardware Test somewhere, either on its own CD or included on one of the Install Disks. Insert it in your optical drive, restart by holding down the C key and once prompted, ask for the Extended Test. This will check all the hardware components on your Mac.

Try these things and report back with your findings. Good luck! :girl:
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