When I log in to my MacBook Pro (Mac OS X 10.5.8 w/ Intel 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, and 4 GB of DDR3 ram with a few bad sectors), it started entering my desktop but returned me to the log in screen.

So, I took my MacBook Pro to the nearest Apple Store (where they were holding the memorial for Steve Jobs and I had to wait for hours) :'(, where they determined that one of my launch preferences was corrupted. They created a new account, and they transferred data from my old account to the new one without the bad preferences.

After I got back, my computer continued to work and Spotlight started its indexing again. However, the MacBook Pro started to spontaneously panic (but not a kernel panic) and shows console error messages over the desktop (which freezes). This happens out of the blue without provocation. Here is a screen shot from my iPhone:

panic message

Does anyone knows how to fix this??? The problem is I need to do some critical tasks on this computer for the next 7 days, and won't have access to any reinstallation media before then. So I hope I can apply at least a temporary fix for now...


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    At the Apple store did they check the hardware ? If so I'd say to do a clean install. Will save you a lot of troubleshooting time. – Kassym Dorsel Oct 20 '11 at 1:38
  • I think they did check the hardware and didn't find any problems. The thing is I need to use this computer for some critical tasks for the next week, and I won't have access to re-installation media before then..... – hpy Oct 20 '11 at 1:58
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    That's quite the bizarre problem, and I highly doubt you'll be able to fix it without doing a reinstall and/or getting a hardware repair. Make 1000% sure your disk is backed up, and get it to a store as soon as you can. – chrismanderson Oct 20 '11 at 3:19

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