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MacBook currently running OS 10.6.8 will start up but will not run any programs, including Finder, let alone Terminal. Any suggestions? Am I totally screwed?

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I start up, that takes like 15 minutes. Desktop photo appears. Dock, Finder, and menu bar appear briefly before disappearing. Cannot open any programs, because clicking on anything is impossible. So... am I screwed? I did not back up for a few weeks. I don't want to lose all my work. Really distraught, really poor (can't afford another laptop), really confused.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), early 2008 model

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