3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2009 9:32 AM by HannahFrog
HannahFrog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
After running some updates and restarting my macbook, it will no longer fully reboot. It'll get to the Apple logo and spinning image and stop there for a few minutes. Then it will restart by itself and start the process over again. I've tried some things that has been listed on Apple Support page, like flushing the PRAM. Nothing works.

My drive is partitioned and the part that holds my programs and boots up the computer is nearly full so I am thinking it may be an issue with lack of space. Is there a way to free up enough space so I can boot up the computer?

Macbook White 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Dave Stowe Level 5 Level 5 (5,080 points)
    All right I won't mention a PRAM reset....

    Since you haven't stated exactly what you have tried I will suggest booting from your install DVD 1...
    Insert the DVD1 into the disk drive and hold down the 'C' key while restarting...
    after you select your language...like you were going to reinstall the OS (but don't) go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and select 'Disk Utility' and from there choose your 'MacIntosh HD' from the left column and then the 'First Aid' tab and 'Repair Disk'...

    Also you might try holding down the 'Shift' key to boot into 'Safe Mode'....see if it will boot there...

    This link speaks of several things to look at to free up some drive space..

    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/freeingspace.html
  • HannahFrog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your reply!

    I did try booting it in 'safe mode' but nothing happened. I haven't tried booting from the install DVD yet. My disks are at school and I am currently home for winter break. I think I'll end up going to an Apple service place sometime this week, so I'll have them try that as I think it is safe to assume they'd have an install DVD!

    And thanks for the link. Definitely helpful!
  • HannahFrog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Turned out to be a failed hard drive. sigh