Questions about booting, the process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation.

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Mac won't boot from USB drive: Prohibited sign

I tried to clean install OS X El Capitan on my Mac, but it won't boot from the USB drive. Here are the steps I took to create the bootable USB drive: (I have a mid 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina ...
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Booting from SD card freezes Macbook

I followed the instructions found here: http://docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-install#osx for installing Kali onto a 4 GB SD card. I got output from the terminal similar to that in the ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot. Ideas?

MacBook Pro won't boot. Getting various grey screens. When try to do straight boot, get flashing folder. Other things not working: OS X recovery, start up manager, single user mode, verbose mode, ...
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Way too many disks in rEFInd?

I'm using rEFInd on my mac that is installed on its own partition. Everything works fine except when I boot into rEFInd (the "EFI Boot" option under the disk selection menu on startup) it shows my OS ...
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16GB RAM 1067 DDR3 not Booting on MacbookPro7,1 (13 in Mid 2010)

I have a mid 2010 13in MacBook Pro (7,1) with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor running OS X 10.11.3 (El Capitan). I had 4GB of RAM (2x2GB) and I read somewhere that despite Apple's stated max of ...
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Boot Camp flash drive not showing on boot for late 2009 iMac

I already installed Windows 10, using the Boot Camp Assistant, on my MBPr (late 2013) without any problem. However, it is a "new" model, everything went fine. But, now I am trying on an iMac (late ...
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Unable to boot into recovery mode on El Capitan MacBook Air

I want to disable System Integrity Protection, So i am trying to run this command csrutil disable On recovery mode, But i am not able to boot in Recovery mode, It keep showing user login screen, I ...
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Gray screen of death when booting

I know this has been brought up many times before here, and I know there has been many answers and suggestions to this problem, but so far nothing seems to be helping me in my situation, so I thought ...
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Is it possible to encrypt the boot disk in El Capitan?

On my iMac running OS X 10.11.3 I'd like to encrypt as much as possible of the built-in disk -- like that I don't need to worry about replacing/sending in a broken disk. From a casual few web ...
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MacBook Pro wont boot at all (El capitan)

My MacBook Pro stopped working. I was using it without a problem, then all of a sudden the screen went Blue. It didn't respond at all so I did the obvious, force shutdown. Since that moment the ...
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Make Mac boot upon plugging in power

I have a MacBook and I'd like it to boot automatically upon plugging it into a power source. Is there a way to do this?
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Ghost partition, Windows BSOD

Today I was trying to set up Windows on my MacBook Pro (15", Late 2011) over BootCamp. I used the modified Info.plist-trick to create a bootable Windows 8 USB-drive and create a Bootcamp partition. ...
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Debugging verbose boot mode

My issue is that a MacBook Pro (mid-2012) started to have problems booting up today so I'm trying to debug the boot process by running it in verbose mode. The problem is I can barely read what it ...
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Cannot access Boot Camp partition after OS X reinstall

I've already used Boot Camp to install Windows on my computer. A while back I had to erase my hard drive and reinstall Mavericks. Once I did that my Windows portion still exist as a volume, but when I ...
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Can I boot my recovered SSD as a Mac OS X installation

I recovered an SSD from an old, upgraded 2008 Macbook Pro with a broken keyboard in order to recover the data from it. Initially I was planning to put it in my other Mac Pro and simply copy the data ...
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My iMac Doesn't boot it. Hangs with spinner and verbose mode can't boot

I have my iMac and I have to install Yosemite because I got iMac with older version when I got it. Then I did too many updates but I had my iTunes account and I had my credit card option set to "None" ...
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iMac will not boot up with built-in LCD connected, but will boot without it

When I press the power button on my iMac (Early 2008 24" A1225 EMC2211 MB325LL/A) it begins to start up, but halfway through the start chime it loses all power and needs to be unplugged before the ...
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Gray screen when booting mac on external monitor

I've run into a problem while booting my MacBookPro (from 2014). When I restart the computer without any monitor attached, I hear the chime, but the screen on my laptop screen stays black. I usually ...
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Install Windows to portable hard drive?

I'm trying to install windows on a portable 1tb hard drive and boot it via boot camp on the same hard drive. Want to know if this is possible? My main motivation is due to my school having mac pros ...
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SNB Framebuffer did not show up,unload - MBP won't boot

I recently got a new MBP. My older MBP (early 2011, 13") has some stuff on it I would like to transfer. I tried using migration assistant, but it appears that they need the same OS versions. I tried ...
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MacPro 2.1 won't boot from USB nor from MacBook via target mode

My Mac Pro 2.1 (I believe 2x 2.33 quad / 32GB ram / startup disk is a SSD / OS X Yosemite) suddenly started showing up the ?-folder instead of booting so I thought the SSD died. I connected the Mac ...
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Connecting external display turns MacBook screen black

For years, connecting to external monitors on my MBP 9,2 (10.10.4) worked just fine (except the occasional crash). Until yesterday, where I had three crashes in quick succession. Now when the display ...
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Can't boot, can't do a recovery, can't reinstall

I try to start in single-user mode and I get about 7 lines of text and 3 lines of dots. It says: Efiboot loaded from device: (then a long alphanumeric number) Boot file path: ...
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Prohibited sign - Can't boot after trying to open Raspian SD Card

So I was following this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo4HphBdR10 and opened the folder of the SD Card. The Screen went black and I rebooted. Now I get a Prohibited Sign on boot up. In ...
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Thin green lines on boot, then screen goes grey (late 2011 MBP - 8,2)?

Last night I was using my late 2012 MBP (higher res screen, dual intel/amd graphics), and the screen suddenly went black. I left it go for a minute - no change. I open and closed the lid - it ...
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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, the ...
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Cannot change startup disk - Yosemite

I've got a clean install of Yosemite on a brand new hard drive. All good, up and running (got to boot to it manually). As the title says, I can't get the system to boot from this hard drive. Error ...
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MacBook freezes and can't restart without PRAM reset

I have a Mid 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro and am running OS X Version 10.11.2 (El Capitan). When my problem first occurred, I was running Yosemite. Here's the short story: my screen will occasionally ...
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iMac Boot Camp: No bootable device error when installing Windows 7

System: iMac (21.5 inch, Mid 2010) OS: Yosemite 10.10.5 I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a bootable USB for a Windows install (I have a Windows 7 ISO image through school) and a partition, but ...
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MacBook Pro - not booting - going around in loops?

After a harrowing couple of days, I found this site and am hoping someone can help. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro which has recently started having problems booting. During a game session (SIMMS), it ...
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Don't want my hard drive to die again!

A couple of months ago, my Mac Book Pro wouldn't start up - it would make it halfway through and then power down. I took it to the repair store, and they said the hard drive was broken, and they ...
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Boot Camp Assistant - Windows dosen't show up on boot!

I followed all steps to get Windows 7 on my Mac with Boot Camp Assistant and everything was working out until I was finished creating a BOOTCAMP partition and when my Mac restarted it said "No ...
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Imac 27" EMC 2546 boot issue (stalls boot at ~30%)

I've seen somewhat similar other such issues on many posts, but nothing that gives me a workable solution to my boot issue, so here is what's happening: Imac 27" late 2012 EMC 2546, with the recalled ...
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Mac Pro custom graphic black screen during boot

My 1st gen MacPro with a custom graphic card (ATI Radeon) does not show any boot prompt. Actually it doesn't show anything until Aqua comes up. I need boot prompts and pre GUI screens for multiple ...
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How do I instal OS X when boot combos don't work?

I'm trying to instal OS X on a 2013 Macbook Air. I erased the OS X partition, the computer is booting to my windows 7 bootcamp partition by default. All boot key combinations(C, Option, CMD+Option+R, ...
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Create bootable windows on external HDD

Hello I'm trying to create bootable windows on this external HDD http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046A8MSM/ref=twister_B004DTS99S?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 but without success. I'm following this tutorial ...
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What is it that prevents using a 3rd party SSD in a 2015 rMBP?

I bought an Early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina model with the 128GB SSD and have been wondering what to do if I need more disk space.. then I found out that it's currently not quite possible to just stick ...
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Issue with OS X Startup Disk in System Preferences when using EFI dual boot

I have Windows booting EFI on my Mac mini (Late 2012). It has two physical drives with one EFI partition (on the OS X disk). If I option boot I see OS X and EFI (Windows) choices and everything works ...
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My Macbook Pro (2011) won't boot into single user mode

I saw Possible reasons (other than Open Firmware Password Protection) for not being able to boot into single user mode?, but it didn't help any, since I'm using the laptop's keyboard. Yes, my Mac can ...
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MacBook Pro Boots only with a pressed key

I'm having a bizarre issue with my early 2011 Macbook 15'. I grabbed it today without battery power só the first thing I diz was to plug the MagSafe adapter. Afterwards I pressed the power button. It ...
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2007 Macbook Pro will not boot to HDD

I have a 2007 MacBook Pro running Yosemite from an off the net upgrade from Snow Leopard and the graphics went crazy while trying to watch a TV program on my Slingbox app. I forced a shut down by ...
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DVD stuck in 2006 iMac, won't boot

So I put a DVD in and it wouldn't come out. I wanted to try the "hold left mouse during start up" method of getting it out and now it won't boot and I can still not get the DVD out. It is my GF's old ...
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Installing Microsoft Windows VM on OS X

I'm kinda new to the Mac OS, in fact I got this current Mac this week so I'm pretty noob with it. I need to run a VM with windows 11 and 10 for testing purposes. So I downloaded and the virtual ...
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MacBook air is messed up, can't erase the hard drive from recovery

Something happened when installing El Capitan and now I have only one partition in my hard drive with only 30 gigs of space when it's supposed to be 128. I can't seem to erase anything. Any advice?
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Macbook pro keep on rebooting after Windows 7 installation while booting

I recently purchased Macbook pro 13inch early 2012 edition and wanted to dual boot windows 7 and Mac OS. After Googling, followed the below links and was able to successfully install WIn7 ...
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I can't boot my iMac to Mac OS X

I have Windows (Boot Camp) installed. So I ran out of storage and thought about partitioning my Mac's part of drive. I partitioned my Mac's drive and set Windows to boot by default. Once I lost ...
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Mavericks Login Screen Gone, Black screen with white dash upper left corner

Two weeks ago I was cleaning my system from old and unused drivers and leftovers and it looks like that I deleted something that was crucial. Using UninstallPKG I removed unused Printer drivers, Old ...
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EFI Boot icon on startup menu

I completely removed Boot Camp partition from my MBP (by DiskUtil). Everything is OK, but now when I start the system with the boot menu I see the "EFI Boot" icon instead "Windows" drive. What does it ...
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Entering in recovery system trouble

When I'm trying to enter in recovery system through pressing cmd+R I'm getting OS X Internet Recovery instead of Utilites window. How to avoid it?
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Windows 10 will not boot anymore

Urgent! I have an existing Windows 10 installation via Bootcamp which has been on my Mac for months without issue. However for ages I have been wanting to read my Mac partition from Windows which it ...