I made an appointment for 3PM tomorrow; there was nothing open for morning. Minor progress: I got the system disk to eject.I have my original HD that I could install, but somehow it doesn't seem like a HD crash. God, this PC is slow and fidgety. ________________________________ From: Jay Paxton <JayPax@xxxxxxxx> To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Fri, November 19, 2010 11:39:20 PM Subject: [nikonf4] Re: Mac Trouble I know the last thing you want to go is go to the Apple Store and fight a crowd of teeny-boppers to the Genius Bar, but that is your best bet to getting it fixed quickly. Go online and make the appointment at the Genius Bar tonight and it won't be so bad. ________________________________ From: Dave Sent: Fri 11/19/2010 10:25 PM To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [nikonf4] Mac Trouble 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!