Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2011 10:31 PM (in response to MCristina)
Try some of these other boot methods & report the outcome please...
Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), it will try to repair your Disk Directory while the spinning radian is happening, so let it go.
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Tiger Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."
Does the Startup Manager show possible Boot volumes if you hold the Option/alt key down at bootup?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2011 11:45 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Thanks so much for your prompt response! I'm impressed, given that this Mac is definitely among the senior citizens of Macdom!
I tried Safe boot. No luck. I read this article (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2570) and have followed all steps up to the Mac OS X / Disk Utility step (as you suggest in your reply). I also followed the instructions to reset the PRAM (in the article I listed here, and in the owner's manual.) Now the apple is much bigger than it was, but it's still stuck on the grey screen with the apple.
So I'm ready to start up from the disk, but the problem is that the CD tray doesn't open when I push on the button. I can pull the door down, but the tray doesn't come out. Any suggestions?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2011 12:26 AM (in response to MCristina)
I found somewhere else how to hold down the mouse on starting, which opened the tray. I was able to startup with the disk, holding down the C and get to the Disk Utility window. Tried repairing the disk, but got this message:
Fist Aid failed:
Disk Utility stopped verifying "Macintosh HD" because the following error was encountered:
The underlying task reported failure on exit. <OK>
and in the info window it says,
"Verifying volume "Macintosh HD"
Checking HFS Plus volume.
Catalog file entry not found for extent
The volume needs to be repaired.
Volume check failed.
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972)
1 volume checked
0 HFS volumes verified
1 volume failed verification
Sounds pretty ominous! Of course, the recommendation is that I backup everything , but how can I if I can't get to the desktop to back it up? (It hasn't had a lot of use for sometime, but is available as a film scanning station, and so that I can access scanned images on my iMac. I doubt that there is a whole lot on the drive that isn't backed up, but I would prefer to back it up for sure!)
Thank you again.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2011 9:23 AM (in response to MCristina)
If you have a big enough exteral Drive it may be possible to use Disk Utilitiy's Restore tab to copy the whole disk, but...
You must repair the HD, if Disk Utility or fsck should fail to repair it, your best bet is DiskWarrior from Alsoft, you'll need the CD to boot from if you don't have another boot drive...
But others that may work…