Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010 & Late 2011

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Dropped: Powers Up, Desktop Normal, Apps Dint Open

My late 2010 MacBook Pro slipped off the table at 3', hit the concrete floor, and made a dent in the battery corner of the case. It was on, didn't turn off, but apps won't open. The desktop now looks fine. At first it was tinted pastel green. I opened it up, took the battery out out, straightened the case in the corner, cleaned it out and put it back together. It charges and powers up, and I can see my messy desktop, but when I try to open something, my dock disappears for a bit, comes back and nothing opens. Does anyone know what to do?

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Reboot into Safe Mode.

To do this hold "SHIFT" while rebooting.

Once in Safe Mode see if apps open or not.

If not, boot from USB or CD using an OS X install disk.

Run Disk utility to check your hard drive for errors.

It may be your hard drive may be damaged.

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I did reboot into safe mode. It was really slow in responding, but I was able to open a PDF that was on my desktop. I had not been able to do that previously.

I logged out, shutdown, and tried to reboot in normal mode. Now it won't open in normal mode or safe mode. It begins to power up, makes the sound, apple shows up on the screen, then the bar appears at the bottom of the screen indicating time left. Before it launches, the screen goes black, and it stops.

I tried rebooting in both normal and safe modes and the same thing happens. It wasn't like this before I rebooted in safe mode.

Any ideas what to do next?

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