OK, let me explain, what just happened before your last reply. When I had clicked on Verify it was not a button in the Disk Utilities menu...when I had opened the DIsk Utilities app, some Norton Firewall or Antivirus window had opened up saying that an .app (I don't recall which) wanted to access and I thought it was related to Disk Utilities. I said yes, and it had a Verify button...and that stayed grayed out and did nothing....
When I got your response, I realized that I was NOT in the DIsk Utilites menu...but some type of dialogue box asking which image to choose...but it didn't matter , I couldn't choose anything, because Verify was grayed out...All I could click on was Cancel. Then it brought me to the Disk Utilities screen with the buttons you described.
My computer got hit by a virus a couple of weeks ago that I hadn't yet called Norton about to deal with...hope that's not the problem.
Now I've got the Disk Utility diagnostic message:
Filesystem verify or repair failed.
Invalid volume directory count. 629536 instead of 629537"
I didn't restart the computer when I saw that I got the actual Disk utilities screen...should I reboot and try it again?
Or, it's definitely a hard drive issue?
It's been a few moments. I see from your intstructions that I should try to repair it.
Oh, I see that the Repair Disk button is grayed out.
I don't think I have the original Installer disk to try to repair it... with Disk Utilities.
Thanks so much for your help. I truly appreciate it. This was good supplemental diagnostic testing that helped me out - thanks for your patience. I'm chatting with tech repair and they'll tell me if it's salvageable.