It's 10.6.8. I believe it's Snow Leopard.
To start up into Safe Mode (to Safe Boot), do this:
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Which one do I choose for First Aid?
I have two options:
250.06 GB Toshiba MK2555GSXF Media
Ok, I did the first aid check and it said that Macintosh HD was fine.
I then shut down the computer and then followed your instructions on startup. Instead of talking me to a login screen, it went immdediately to the new account I set up when I was trying to reset the password XXX my main account. I then signed out of that account and tried to login to my main account. It accepted the password. It went to the screen with the stars for several minutes and then went to a blank blue screen and then immediately went back to the screen where you select which account you want to use. So, I think no luck.
What's the next step?
Not with me, no.
Ok, I'll have to drive and go see if I can find the disk, which I'll do now.
Barring that, there's nothing else to try?
Ok. Well, I never did backup from on Time Machine which is why I'm a bit in a lurch.
I'm going to go check to see if I can find my startup disk. I should be back in touch in an hour or so.
Thanks for your patience.
Ok, found it! Let me know what to try next?
And yes, it is frustrating. Especially when I have to leave the country in a few days and have to have access to these files for work. I'll be backing up from now, needless to say.
Damn, still no luck. I ran the disk repair and it said it was ok. I also ran the desk permissions, and it fixed a number of problems. After all that was done, I rebooted from my Macintosh HD drive. Went strait to the new account I referred to before as the one I made to try to reset my password. I logged out of that one and I tried to login to my main account. Still the same space screen for about 5 minutes and then the blue screen for a few seconds and then back to the login menu for the different accounts.
Anything else you can suggest?
Macintosh HD, not the disc or the Toshiba one I referenced earlier.
the Toshiba one, Macintosh HD, and then two ones for the disc itself.
That may not fix the issue, but it stands a small chance of helping and we shouldnt over look it..