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    ::MacBook Pro Won't Get Passed The Startup Screen::
    It took a long time to turn on the other day, but for the past few days when I turn my mbp on it stays on the gray apple screen with the little circle that tells you it's loading. What could be wrong? Is there anyway to get passed the screen?

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    This happened to me one time after I was playing with things I probably shouldn't have been in /usr/bin... I ended up archive and installing, then only updating up to 10.5.2. There are a lot of problems 10.5.3 caused with the NVIDIA drivers, so I thought it safest to not install that update again. Before doing something so drastic, though, attempt to boot into safe mode by holding Shift as the machine starts up, and keep on holding it until after the second loud chime. If this does not work, try holding Command+Option+P+R as the machine starts to reset the NVRAM. If this does not work, unplug and remove the battary from your MacBook Pro (after shutting off), leave the machine disconnected for 30 seconds, then press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. Finally, put the battery and power cord back in and start up. This will clear the SCM. If none of this works, boot from your OS X install disc by inserting it while the computer is on, then restarting the computer and holding down C. At the top after you go past the first welcome screen (but don't go through with the whole installation!), there should be a Utilities option. Click that and use Disk Utility to repair your disk before restarting. If none of this works, just go for Archive and Install. It only takes a couple hours. I hope something here helps.

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    So I tried all that and nothing worked. Since I can't find the original install disks i had to use the leopard disk. I tried to install leopard and it woudn't let me install it because of errors. This started happening after i installed the program that lets you controll your fan manually. I dont know what else to do since I don't have the disks that came with the mbp. Any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikeTalker23 View Post
    So I tried all that and nothing worked. Since I can't find the original install disks i had to use the leopard disk. I tried to install leopard and it woudn't let me install it because of errors. This started happening after i installed the program that lets you controll your fan manually. I dont know what else to do since I don't have the disks that came with the mbp. Any other suggestions?
    Try booting from the Leopard install disk and use Disk Utility. (you mentioned trying to install, but not using Disk Utility)
    Can you recall the errors you received?
    When all else fails, try everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwar View Post
    Try booting from the Leopard install disk and use Disk Utility. (you mentioned trying to install, but not using Disk Utility)
    Can you recall the errors you received?
    I tried doing the sick utility > repair disk and it said everything was ok andnothing needed to be repaired.

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    Can you boot into Safe mode?
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    so leopard installed successfully but when it said you must restart the computer i clicked restart and it got stuck on the same screen again.

    and no I can't boot up in safe mode.

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    Did you ever recall what errors you had when this started?
    I tried to install leopard and it woudn't let me install it because of errors
    And what type of installation did you do?

    Any chance of finding the original disks that came with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwar View Post
    Did you ever recall what errors you had when this started?
    And what type of installation did you do?

    Any chance of finding the original disks that came with it?

    i can't recall the errors. after the first few errors installing leopard when turnign the computer on a bunch of text would pop up going down the left side of the screen with a message in the middle saying i needed to restart the com[uter..it's not doing that anymore though..the computer was given to me used a few years ago without the disks so I don't have them..if i end up not being able to do anything without the disks where could I obtain some?

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    You could contact Apple for replacement disks. I mention it for the purpose of doing the Apple hardware test, which is on the original disks.
    The error you had before was a kernel panic and is probably related to your problem now. Most of the time it deals with bad ram, and could cause some of the problems you are having. Read this link for kernel panics and see if we can do some troubleshooting, as it sounds as it may be hardware based. (especially after just reinstalling the OS)
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    so is it safe to say im going to lose everyrthing saved on my computer?

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    Not necessarily. So far it seems the HDD is ok. We just need to isolate the problem. Depending on how much ram is installed, you may be able to switch modules out and see if it starts up. It may be something that simple to fix.

    In the meantime, do you have access to another Mac? You might be able to use it to backup anything you want to keep.
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    Well I ran a hardware test since I found my original disk and it found an error.

    It said this.

    4MOT/1/40000002:Left_Upper-Front

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    I just did the extended test and got another one

    4SNS/1/40000000:'TGOP'

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    The 4mot upper left indicates the fan on that side. Was the other error during the extended memory test?
    When all else fails, try everything!
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