ok, so I had safari, and iChat open, went to the bathroom, and when I returned, the machine was frozen. So, I rebooted, and I got the apple logo, and the spinning circle. I took a listen to the hard drive, and it was doing this skipping noise. So, I boot off the OS X CD, and run disk utility. What I got are both a "invalid volume directory count" and a "invalid volume file count". Both are plus one of what it says they should be. I attempted to repair it, but after three tries, it said it could not repair the disk after the three atempts.
So, I reboot into single user mode, and run fsck -fy, and it did the same thing disk utility did.
Then, I reboot off the OS X CD, and choose my 9.2.2 install to boot. It boots flawlessly.
Then I ran the disk first aid. it as well found the invalid volume and file counts. It says it repaired the disk, but after verification, it finds the errors again.
so, is there any thing I can do besides backup, format, and restore?