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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Both Windows and OS X only boot in safe mode?

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Hello everyone. I'm not sure if this is in the right place; sorry if it's not.

I have a late 2008 aluminum MacBook with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4GB of RAM. Windows 7 and Lion are installed on this machine.

Let me run you through a sequence of events...
  1. Booted into Windows 7, installed some software updates (including SP1)
  2. Rebooted, played Star Wars The Old Republic
  3. Computer ran out of battery, went to sleep
  4. Got charger, woke up computer, clicked around a bit, computer froze
  5. Held down power button to restart, stuck at Windows startup screen
  6. Booted into safe mode, uninstalled today's software updates. No dice
  7. Decided to boot into OS X, same thing happened…stuck at startup screen. Safe mode works, which is how I'm posting this.

Does anyone have any ideas about how I can fix this? When I try to verify/repair the HD in Disk Utility, it passess in an instant which seems odd.

tl;dr Neither Windows nor OS X will boot up unless it's in safe mode.

Thanks everyone!
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Mac Specs: MacBook Pro 2011 2.4GHZ 4GB Ram 500GB HD

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This might work. Go to system preferences then select startup disc then select your hard rive then select target mode. I hope this works for you sorry if it dosent
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