I attempted to boot my mac up the other day and was given a 'prohibited' sign, so I re-booted into safe mode.
Once booted, I received this message when I tried to insert a flash drive:
System extension cannot be used
The system extension /System/Library/Extension/IOstorageFamily.kext was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the product's vendor for an update.
I followed advice given on another thread and replaced the extension with a time machine back-up.
The error message went away and I could use my flash drive
I then turned off my Mac, rebooted and was given the prohibited sign again.
I then tried to enter safe mode and it went so far and ground to a halt.
I tried over and over, but with no luck.
I zapped the NVRAM, reset the SMU, tried in single user mode, etc, as advised on another thread.
I did, once, get past the safe mode task bar and got to a grey screen with an apple logo, but it remained in that state for over 20 minutes, so I rebooted and was back to square one again.
I couldn't find my original 'snow leopard' disc, so I ordered a new disc.
Try as I might, I cannot re-install snow leopard. Thinking it might have been a hardware issue I have removed the HD and placed it into another Mac, ran a hardware test, etc, everything seemed fine.
I then thought it might have been the optical drive so using a FireWire cable, used the other mac's op drive, still no joy.
I bit the bullet, reformatted my HD, via the other mac, and tried again with no luck.
I am pretty sure it is not a hardware issue as such as I am typing this on the problem mac, as I have installed ubuntu precise pangolin, from disc, with no problems whatsoever.
I am now at a complete loss on how to proceed, as I desperately need to reinstall my mac OS, for my job as a graphic designer
Thanks in advance,