Boot as singel user and try CHMOD - fail
In single user mode you are root, it should not fail. You did something wrong. Follow these directions:
Boot into single user mode - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1492
Once you are at the prompt then:
/sbin/fsck -fy /
If the filesystem is clean then:
mount -uw /
Remore the ACL entry from the boot disk:
chmod -N /
If this does not fix the issue then a trip to the Apple Store would be a good idea.
Tried your method and still didn't work. It didn't like /sbin/fsck -fy /. When I tried it without the last dash, it ran checks and said ** The volume Macintosh HD appears to be ok. I followed the rest of your instructions and was met with the same start up screen.
A lot of things just don't work: CMND-R, CMND -C, any type of chmod... This is horrible with something I need done asap and a hurricane coming up.
That did the trick after I screwed something up to where I got the startup screen w/ the verbiage in 5 languages.. I put in the install disk to repair permissions.
Now I have a new problem. My MBP is now reset to original settings; but my HD still has stuff like the new CD I recently purchased before this fiasco.
What do I do now?
When I logged in it looked like it did when I first bought it. Nothing on desktop, the dock is totally changed and the aliases are dead...iTunes, superduper and other apps will not open from the dock. I see there are files I recently added are still on the hard drive so I know it's not a total wash. I hope.
Even though I'm logged in and I'm the admin I had to change permissions to even access the /user folder and everything therein.
My last back up was in June so I copied everything from my /user folder on my clone to the mbp. My dock is reset and items are back on my desktop but my settings are still off and apps still don't open. I can't even open Firefox or safari. I booted from my external only to see what appears the Mac in dual screen mode with my screen not the active one. Just came from Walmart and bought a video to hdmi cable but I only see a blue screen in the tv.
What do I do?
The Mac store is closed due to power outage from Isaac.