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Mark ? Level 1 (5 points)
I cannot get my MacBook Pro to start up anymore, it just hangs on the screen with the spinning grey thing and apple logo on a grey background.

I was using EyeTV and when I quit it I got a message from iTunes saying that it could not get to the iTMS (I had no internet connected) and froze, seeing as the i could not get anything to happen I force shut it down and when I boot it up now this happens.

Any Ideas?

15" Macbook Pro 2GB RAM 1.83GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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  • Wild1978 Level 1 (5 points)
    It could also work if you hold down "shift" when you power up to force it into a 'safe' startup and then go to Disk Utility and repair your permissions.

    I had the same problem and for whatever reason it didn't like the idea of booting up from disc but did manage a safe startup.
  • Mark ? Level 1 (5 points)
    I cannot get it into safe mode by holding shift on startup, but can still boot windows fine. When I get home I think I will attempt to boot off the CD and repair the disk (or is repair permissions), how do you boot off the CD without having OS X?

  • Mark ? Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm not sure that it might not be a hardware problem as I just had a BSOD in Vista
  • Mark ? Level 1 (5 points)
    I have repaired the disk and permissions from the CD, but still cannot boot OS X. It now goes to a screen with white writing on black that gives my a bunch of errors.
  • Call Me Big Ern Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having a similar problem. I downloaded a program off of Apple website and was tooling around on it when it got stuck. I did a hard powerdown and now during startup it just has the grey screen with the timer twirling. It does this for a few seconds than shuts back off. I have tried a safe boot to no avail and also booted off the cd. The cd is not finding my what?
  • Mark ? Level 1 (5 points)
    So, at the moment I am at the state that disk first aid from the cd does not help, I cannot get into safe mode, Windows works, my mac mini will not find the MBP in firewire target disk mode, I cannot find a way to back up my important data (I have no backups atm, unfortunately) and am left with a apple logo and timer thingy that turns into white writing on black background that says

    Jul 21 20:40:09 localhost mDNSResponder-108.5 (May 9 2007 17: 14:16
    Jul 21 20:40:14 localhost lookupd[157]: NetInfo connection failed for server
    Jul 21 20:40:18 localhost lookupd[157]: NetInfo connection failed for server
    disk0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).
    disk0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).
    disk0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).
    Jul 21 20:41:54 launchd: exited abnormally: Bad system call
    Jul 21 20:41:54 launchd: 9 more failures without living at least 60 seconds will cause job removal
    disk0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).
    disk0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).

    Does that mean anything?

    also I got some error when running the AHT that was 4SNS/1/40000000: TCOP

    Does that mean anything either?

    What should I do now?

    Update: I looked up that disk0s2 undefined thingo on google in am now worried my HDD is cooked, how can I get my data off it before I have to replace it? I can get into Windows if that is any use and can boot CDs

    Message was edited by: Mark ?
  • Riny Maas Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same I think.
    Just did a normal shut down last evening and now try to start up.
    The grey spinning wheel ...
    No boot from DVD, and after a shift startup:

    Sept 10 06:33:05 Bad System Call
    Sept 10 06:33:05 respawning too quickly! throttling
    Sept 10 06:33:05 9 more failures without leaving at least 60 seconds will cause job removal
    Sept 10 06:33:05 will restart in 10 seconds

    ... then 8, 7, 6 etc

    Sept 10 06:33:05 to many failures in succession
    Sept 10 06:33:05 localhost:/ I have no name!#
  • Chris Derewianko Level 1 (5 points)
    I am wondering if you found a solution to this problem, I am having the exact same issue, with start and from the boot cd I cannot see my hardrive.

    Please let me know as I need all the help I can get with this type of issue.
  • FrknHippie Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem with my iMac after installing an iTunes update:

    Sept 13 09:33:05 Bad System Call
    Sept 13 09:33:05 respawning too quickly! throttling
    Sept 13 09:33:05 9 more failures without leaving at least 60 seconds will cause job removal
    Sept 13 09:33:05 will restart in 60 seconds

    ... more lines flashing too quickly to read and then:

    Sept 13 09:33:05 to many failures in succession
    Sept 13 09:33:05 localhost:/ root#

    Any ideas?
  • rekcuz Level 1 (0 points)
    I have just experienced the same problem. I downloaded the most recent itunes update, and upon reboot, my mac freezes during start up. Holding "shift" during reboot has been unsuccessfull. Did anyone have any luck with this?
  • Ed Purkiss Level 1 (20 points)
    I just started another thread because my problem is ever so slightly different... but perhaps someone here knows about this - I get the initial gray screen and spinning thing, then the blue screen flashes for a fraction of a second and the monitor goes completely black. The machine is still on though... and at that point I have to hard-off it. Sometimes I can see the faintest outline of a dialog box on the screen with 4 buttons... if I press Enter it goes away - but the computer stays in that same state. Safe mode, Single User mode and fsck -fy have done nothing - in each case when it goes to the login bluescreen is when it freaks out. fsck reports all is fine, BTW.

    Really seems like Apple jumped the gun getting this version of the OS out...
  • mindfield11 Level 1 (0 points)
    Can anyone out there help at all?

    I mean, im seeing so many people with so much problems with this thing but no answers.
  • Sfera Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. I was using Software Update to install the latest system update (I think 10.5.1), and got a message that my computer could not properly decompress the .dmg file. Then I found I couldn't open any application from the Dock, so decided to restart. The MBP would not completely shut down, so I shut it down with the power key.

    Now, like others, Windows runs fine but the Mac side hangs on startup. "Safe startup" didn't work, nor resetting the SMC.

    Sounds like using the CD to use First Aid is a bad idea.

    We need help!
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