Is it a PowerBook or an MBP?
If you don't know the model, find the Serial# & use it on one of these sites, but don't post the Serial# here...
How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...
Anyway, does it boot from the Install Disc now?
Can you afford to erase everything & start over?
Model Name: MacBook Pro 15"
Model Identifier: MacBookPro2,2
Thanks, I've just spent many hours doing a complete wipe and install. The Mac boots fine on
any start up disc. The only issue is with the auto update from osx10.5.4 to 10.5.8. That auto
update took 2 hours to download and then when it was complete it went to auto restart
but got hung up and wouldn't complete the restart. If I force a restart it boots fine but stays on 10.5.4.
I cant try a new auto update - it says that update is loaded.
Can I delete it somehow? Where would it be?
Get it directly...
Repair Permissions afterwords, reboot.
1058 Combo Update, 10.5.8...
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."
Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.
(Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)