Originally posted by faithfulFrank
ok, something different just happened!
I did apple s again, and a black screen just came upwith alot of stuff on it.
towards the bottom it says;
If you wish to make modifacations to files:
/sbin/mount -uw /
If you wish to boot the system, but stay in single user mode:
localhost:/ root# (white square like a cursor )
What do I do next??
That's called single-user mode. This is kind of a good sign, because it means that your Mac can still see its hard drive. However, I would say that the problems you've been having suggest that the HDD is about to fail / is in the process of failing. If that's the case, it shouldn't be too much trouble to replace the HDD with a new one.
Basically, in single-user mode, pretty much only the kernel and a few other tasks are running, the file system hasn't even been mounted.
If you boot into single-user mode (apple-s, as above), will the CD-ROM drawer open then?