Hey, wait a minute there hod down guy, thought strange spinning about 3 times and keying in weird commands was reserved for PCs :-> From: nikonf4-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nikonf4-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Eric Welch Sent: Saturday, November 20, 2010 12:08 PM To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [nikonf4] Re: Mac Trouble When you start, hod down Command+S and then wait for the command prompt. The instructions are there in the text that scrolled by. First type: /sbin/fsck -y -f Press Return. When it finishes, it will say The system has been modified or that it appears to be okay. Then type: /sbin/mount -u -w / Wait for the prompt. Then type "reboot" and press Return. Hopefully it will be okay. Eric Sent from my iPad On Nov 19, 2010, at 8:25 PM, Dave <downsouthdave@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: I was using my Macbook 13" laptop tonight when suddenly it froze in Safari and the Force Quit didn't work. Neither did anything else. I held the power button down, and it shut off. Now when I try to turn it on, it starts to boot, chimes, and the little thermometer comes up. It's the one that shows when you have a long startup sequence to go through. Then the whole thing powers off instead of booting. If I hold down the power button until the long tone sounds, the same thing happens. I inserted my OS disk hoping to do a restore, and it just ate that; it won't eject no matter what, and there's no paper clip hole. Power on, progress thermometer moves to about 5% then restarts a couple of times, then it powers off. I powered up and connected my firewire backup HD but it's no help. This Macbook has been flawless since 12/06, and I just installed the latest big OS and Safari updates last night. It worked perfectly all day, however. Any ideas, gang? Don't make me go to the Apple Store on Saturday!