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Macbook Pro Gray Screen Boot

chubbiejaw asked
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Last Modified: 2013-11-24
Hello All -

I ran the security updates on my MBP and shut it down for the night. Next morning, I couldnt start up my laptop. It gets stuck on the gray gears spinning around.

Here is what I did already in attempts to fix it.

1.) Boot in safe mode - Let it ran for 2 hours, same result stuck at gray screen/spinning gears.
2.) Boot with CMD + S = Ran disk check on with the command fsck -fy and resulted in "The volume HD seems to be OK."
3.) Boot with CMD + OPTION + P + R (3 times)= Same results at  gray screen/spinning gears.
4.) OPT + V = And it seesm to be stuck at "CiscoVPN: loading cisco ipsec kernal module."
With that - i rebooted in Single User Mode (CMD +S) and attempted to uninstall CiscoVPN client.

I can't seem to find my install disk so Archive and Install is not an option now.

Please help!
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Try removing the battery, unplugging the machine, and holding the power button down for 30 seconds. Then replace the battery and plugging the notebook back in. This will obviously not solve any software problems. The procedure above is called a static discharge. It's worth a try.
Check last Friday's MacFixit:  http://www.macfixit.com

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Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.

Reboot in safe boot mode (hold the left shift key down till if displays safe boot on your screen)

Uninstall the Cisco VPN client and see if there is a later version or re-install


I couldn't boot into safe mode. But I ended up doing an Archive and Install after I was able to find my install CDs.

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