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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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macbook won't boot.

My base model mac book won't boot after a failed security update, the 2006--004 one. It just plays that sound when I press the power button and is stuck at the apple logo with the spinnig thing under it.
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try a safe boot... ( hold down the shift key while booting up)
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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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its still doing the same thing.
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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #4
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Boot from the OS X install CD, run Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. Select your hard disk on the left side and repair the disk (on the First Aid tab). After repairing the disk, try repairing the disk permissions. You can also use Disk Utility to clone the disk or save an image of the drive as a disk image to an external drive to back up the data if you don't already have a backup.

If repairing the disk and permissions don't solve the problem, then try reinstalling Mac OS X over the existing installation (upgrade install). If it won't let you, then do an archive and install, which will backup all your apps and home folder to a separate folder on your hard disk and install a fresh new copy. I think you also get the option to import your settings and documents.

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Reparing the disk and permissions didn't work. Had to do the archive and install. Now it works and I still have all my files.
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