Is the machine dead or can it be fixed?
I am working on a MacBook pro 17" that appeared to have an issue with the hard drive. The drive would not load the OS, and would hang at the logo with the progress bar stuck at just a sliver. I have an OS 10.6.8 DVD, which I attempted to boot from. When choosing to install from the network or on the drive, it hangs at the app[le logo screen. There seems to be a minimal activity on the drive, but it does not move beyond the logo screen. The unit will power on and charge the battery, but does not appear to boot into the MAC OS at any point or from any avenue. The unit does get VERY warm on the bottom, where the fans are located. With a replaced drive it has the same issues in that it will not boot into the DVD and start the install.
Is this a good question?