How do I fix my MacBook Pro when it wont start?

when i turn on the laptop it goes to the loading page which is grey/blue with the apple symbol in the middle and the rotating circle that signifies it is booting up. the problem is it wont continue to my desktop but stays at the screen. how do i fix this?

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Start up from your system installation DVD by inserting the disk and holding down the "C" key on start up. Go to the second screen pull down menu Utilities -> Disk Utility and try to repair the disk and then repair the permissions. Let us know how you did if this fails. Thanks

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Try starting up the computer in Verbose mode. Shut off the computer if it's on, press the power button, and hold Command+V . Verbose mode will show (in text) everything the Macbook is doing while booting up. If it stops at one point or starts saying something over and over in an endless loop, please post it here =)

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Tanner, I did what yousaid, I held down the command +V key and it did show me the text until it started repeating the VVVVVVVV after the last command of " en1: BSSID changed to 00:17:3f:e5:1f:0d

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might be a failing hard drive well first try this

1.turn your computer on

2.Insert your installation disk i believe is leopard mac os x

3. turn off your computer

4.turn on the computer and quickly hold x dont let go until you see the installation disk

5.continue with the settings

6. this is just to install any missing files

7. goodluck

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Holding the 'x' key during startup. This will force the Mac to boot from OS X, no matter which disk is specified as the startup disk. It will not repair or replace any files.

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