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During startup in Mac OS X v10.4 through Mac OS X v10.6.8, you will see "Safe Boot" on the login window, which appears even if you normally log in automatically. During startup in Mac OS X v10.2 through v10.3.9, you will see "Safe Boot" on the Mac OS X startup screen.
Does it start?
no...I get the gray icon and progress indicator. Then it goes to the blue progress bar. The it goes blue. Then goes between a slightly lighter blue screen, the regular blue screen, or a gray screen with a black rectangular shaped box in the middle which flashes on rapidly then goes back to the blue and repeats. The black box has a "drop shadow".
Does the compuer boot now?
no...It acts like it's going to boot. Then right when my desktop would open it starts with the flashing black box.
no...same thing...was I supposed to keep holding command R after the gray screen. I let go after I saw the apple.
same thing again...no recovery option
same thing...I know I doing this correctly because I'm fairly computer savy.
I can get into the system if I press command S. Does that mean anything?
I get the black screen with lines of white type. I guess it's html. That's how I got into trouble. I typed commands in from a YouTube guru and it screwed everything up.
now that doesn't even work.
that's okay. I have a place. Will I be charged for this?
Since I'm not totally satisfied with your answer and because I'm on a very tight budget, I'm not going to pay you. However, after I get my regular people to look at it, if your diagnosis was correct, I would gladly pay you at that time if there is a way to contact you.