Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2012 10:49 PM (in response to Spike2396)
Booting into Safe Mode can take a long, long time... how long did you allow?
It really sounds as if you've a hardware problem. You say that you're not running Mountain Lion, but you don't say which version of OS X you're running. If Lion, you can try booting to your Recovery partition by holding down the Command and R keys whilst booting. If you're not running Lion, get the original installation disc(s) that shipped with your computer and try booting from the first disc.
If you can't boot into Safe Mode, Recovery partition or using an original disc, you're just going to have to take your computer into your local Apple Store or an AASP and have them run tests on the machine. You could try running the Apple Hardware Test yourself, but given your symptoms, I'm not sure that you'll be able to do that.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
Well I wasn't really sure how long I was suppose to boot it into safe Mose because when I looked it up online it didn't have a time limit all it said was hold down the shift key? I believe I'm running osx 10.5.4 or what ever the latest one is because I constantly update my computer when ever their is an update except for mountain lion since I don't think there is that much different with mountain lion thn osx for $20. I don't now for sure about osx since I can't look it up on my computer. I don't have the installation discs since I got this computer used from my godparents as a gift. I guess I will have to take my computer into An apple store. By any chance does this problem sound like a logic board problem to you? If so do now how much it would roughly cost to get a new logic board and get it repaired at apple?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2012 11:12 PM (in response to Spike2396)
It could be a logic board problem - and you might get a quote that seems outrageous. If you'll take it in for diagnosis and get an estimate, and it seems unusually high, ask about Apple's flat rate repair pricing. For less than $350 you can have a machine that's 'like new'. Not everyone knows of this policy (even Apple employees) so you might have to take the issue to store management.
Good luck, again,