Currently Being ModeratedNov 21, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to Phillip K)
Whatever's going on, it's not malware of any kind.
I've never heard of banjo sounds playing, but strange sounds and beeps during the earliest parts of the startup process are generally indications of hardware issues. That plus the video signal errors you mention makes me strongly suspect you have some kind of hardware error. Are you able to boot from the Snow Leopard install disc at this point?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 21, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
That is the Strange part. The disc is in the machine and the machine still wants to put itself asleep before booting. I was thinking of removing the Main system disc (since it seems to be the one in question) to see if it will boot from one of the others that has an operating system on it. The machine not booting off a install disk is pretty weird. would this seem like reasonable course of action?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 21, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to Phillip K)
If you have another bootable system to try, there's nothing to lose by trying it... but I think it's likely you've got a hardware issue.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 1:40 PM (in response to thomas_r.)
As you rightly figured out, I had a bad hard drive. I took the machine to a local shop and they ran Apple's diagnostics on it. After telling me which drive was bad, I was back in business. Thank you for pointing me the proper direction.