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

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Single User Mode not starting

First of all, there's no firmware password or anything fancy. I'm trying to diagnose a late-2011 MacBook Pro 15", and I'm trying to get into the single user mode. I press and hold Cmd+S (the left Cmd, ...
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MacBook Pro stuck in gray screen when booting

I've got a Late-2011 15" MacBook Pro stuck in the gray screen when booting AFTER login. I've tried removing the drive (it's non-retina) and booting from a working bootable Yosemite installer, no luck. ...
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MacBook Pro boots to black screen with pointer

For a moment, it displays a prompt like you'd expect at runlevel 3 of a Linux or UNIX workstation. I've rebooted, disconnected everything else, reset the PRAM and SMC, disabled File Vault. I had ...
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Vertical green stripes when iMac starts to boot up

An iMac has 5 green vertical bars/stripes that appear on the screen as soon the system starts booting. The OS is Yosemite (10.10.?) When I try to boot the computer normally, safe boot, or ...
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Unnecessary option when decrypting HDD before booting [duplicate]

I've just performed a clean install of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 on my new hard drive. Before installing i formatted the disk as an encrypted drive. When i start up my machine now i get to select between ...
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Cannot boot (Question Mark folder)

While my MacBook was connected via HDMI to a external screen it froze and I had to hard-reboot. Now I have the question-mark-folder-issue-of-the-death. I reset PRAM and SMC but nothing changed. ...
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how to mount internal hd after booting with external drive?

I am running macosx 10.6.3 and trying to mount/access the internal hd through diskutility: it does not show up here. I tried this: ...
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Macbook Pro 8,1 hanging on startup

I have a macbook pro 8,1 that is having issues starting up. When I first turn it on, there is a small grey loading bar beneath the apple logo and loading circle. After the loading bar is ~20% done, it ...
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Key to boot from USB on Ubuntu Macbook 2007

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.10 on my 2007 Macbook. I need OS X back. I burned OS X Lion (10.7) to a USB, now what?
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What are the faint beeps the Mac emits?

All of a sudden my Mac displays the logo with the rolling "wait" icon instead of booting normally. After some hours, I come back and system did load after all. Then computer freezes with rolling ...
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Reset MacBook Pro Boot Location

I logged into my friend's MacBook Pro 13 as Guest User to install OS X Yosemite on a USB flashdrive. I downloaded the Installer from the Mac App Store and stored it somewhere within the Guest User's ...
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Mac Mini and Wide (21:9) Monitor / Display Port Issue

When I boot up my Mac Mini after moving it from my office at work where it worked with my wide (21:9) monitor to my house, when I boot it the display does not show up on the monitor anymore. Waits ...
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Apple Macbook MB467LL/A gray screen no apple logo HELP please

New to the site, and I am having a little problem. My wife's Macbook has me stumped. It was working fine, (running Mavericks) and then just powered off. On powering back on we are now treated to a ...
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Grey screen on an apple

I have an old imac machine. I've tried doing a single user mode boot. Nothing. I tried doing a PRAM/NVRAM reset did not happen. There was no second restart. I also tried booting to a USB drive, ...
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Screen goes grey when doing Internet Recovery on MacBook Pro

I have been experiencing a problem with my MacBook Pro that seems to be quite unique since I've spent hours trying to find someone with the same problem and found none. I have a MacBook Pro, late ...
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iMac gets stuck on the “White Screen of Death” during startup

I have a 27" iMac (from 2011) that's running Yosemite and each time I turn the power on, it shows me the Apple logo, it starts to load, and the screen goes white and simply hangs there. To solve this ...
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MacBook Pro would hang up at the grey Apple login screen

After it would hang up, the keyboard lights would stay lit indefinitely. I've tried resetting the SMC and NVRAM but they didn't work worked. I did a verbose startup and this was the screenshot before ...
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MBP 15 2014 unexpectedly shuts down after startup/login

MacBook Pro 15, Mid 2014, Yosemite + Windows 7 (Bootcamp) This problem started today after waking up. Yesterday night I had no problem whatsoever with my computer. After turning it on and logging in ...
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Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011 didn't see Samsung 850 Evo SSD on boot

I'm trying to update hard drive in my Macbook to the new SSD one. Notebook model: Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011. SSD model: Samsung 850 Evo 250Gb. Then I connect SSD thought USB adapter notebook can see ...
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Boot MacBook Pro from USB stick

Concerning a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard. As you know when pressing alt during startup there is the possibility of selecting which disc/drive/memory you want to boot from. For example if you have a ...
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Windows 8.1 cannot boot after the hibernate in Mac

I am new to this community and new to OS X.I have a mac mini where i have installed windows 8.1 with the help of Boot camp.All were working fine until i hibernate the windows .Now every time when i ...
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Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices

So I have a 2010 15" macbook pro (MBP6,1) and I replaced the optical drive with a hard disk. I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard disk with boot camp with a USB and ISO image. After searching I ...
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Is it safe for Mac not to sleep for over a month

My 17 Inch, Late 2011 MacbookPro has a problem with its discrete graphic card it boots with vertical pink stripes screen then switches to a gray screen where it remains stuck for a while and then ...
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Mac pro early 2008 won´t boot from pendrive with yosemite install app

Mac pro 8 core early 2008 mountain lion installed. I need to clean install Yosemite. The pendrive does not show when you press alt, at the boot screen. Nevertheless it shows on configuration startup ...
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How to change boot picture of Windows partition?

On a MacBook with Bootcamp installed, I got three partitions: OS X 10.10 Windows 10 OS X Recovery On boot, with 'alt' key down, I get the bootloader and I can choose which partition to boot. On ...
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My whole HD is “Mac OS X Base System”

my entire HD is now "Mac OS X Base System": ps: Mac OS X Base System is Disk0s2 I cant delete this partition to install Mac OS X; I already try the terminal, but message reply "you cannot erase ...
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Sound not working on new Windows 8.1 install (Early 2011 MacBook Pro)

Background: My CD/DVD drive is broken so I had to install Windows from a USB drive. I used a trick that involved changing entries in an info.plist file belonging to Boot Camp Assistant which allowed ...
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Mac book doesn't boot

My Mac book pro 13.3 inch retina display August 2014, did not boot after a normal shut down. It gave sound on power on but after stays grey. I tried all options available on net CMD+C, C, SHIFT+CMD+V ...
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Startup disk not correctly identified?

I have a Mid-2010 4 core MacPro. I mainly run 10.6.8, as I have a large software investment I'm not ready to abandon. As part of my migration to the present day OS, I have multiple startup drives, 2 ...
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My MacBook Pro, gets stuck at boot screen and the graphics look weird

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro i7 and I have upgraded the memory to 8 GB and the HD to an SSD 500GB. The other day I had it running for 3 days non-stop and when I tried to use it it was frozen. I reset it ...
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New drive won't boot internally

So I purchased a new 2TB drive (Samsung model #ST2000LM003) for my 13" MacBook Pro. No issues with the old one, just getting close to capacity. I connected it with a SATA/USB adapter, formatted it, ...
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System restore: an error occurred while preparing the installation

I bought a used mac mini on ebay, the guy who sent it to me completely formatted it, leaving only recovery partition. Now when I boot the recover, I see 4 options, one of them is reinstall the OS. ...
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MBA with Syslinux on USB

I'm trying to boot a Linux kernel built with Buildroot from USB on my Yosemite Macbook Air. I have followed the first steps in Failed To Install syslinux on USBDRIVE with Mac OS X, i.e. - DiskUtility ...
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iMac only works in safe mode and cursor showing weird black lines (pic attached)

Have a Mid 2010 model computer IMac 21.5 that is acting up. Won't work in normal start up, will start in safe mode, but cursor shows strange black lines (see attached photo). These lines follow the ...
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Is a bootable USB drive with Yosemite OK for different macs?

This might be obvious, but probably worth a question: I took my MBP (Early 2011 15"), downloaded Yosemite and created a bootable USB device from which I later clean-installed the OS. Can I use this ...
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Unable to properly boot Power Mac G5 running Debian without a screen connected

I’ve got Power Mac G5 running Debian 6 in headless mode as a media/home server. When booting it without an attached screen, the fans ramp up from the idle speed to maximum over a couple of minutes. ...
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Old Mac OS X, cannot get admin access, boot safe or single-user mode, nor reinstall

I have inherited an old Mac OS X 10.5.8 + original install DVD. Model: Power Mac G4 Identifier: PowerMac3,6 Processor: PowerPC G4 (3.2) DVD: Mac OS X Leopard Install DVD Version 10.5 I'm trying to ...
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MacBook Air boots into wrong partition

I have two partitions created, one called "Yosemite" and the other is my default 10.6.8 partition "Macintosh HD". I successfully installed Yosemite onto the "Yosemite" partition, but when I try and ...
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MacBook Pro won’t boot up after putting the bottom case screws back in place

I'm kind new in this world of Apple, and I have an Intel-based Mac that suddenly had the hard drive fail. So I make a Mac OS X USB flash drive, and realize that the old hard drive died since “Disk ...
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Key to boot from USB on Ubuntu MacBook Air

Recently, I removed OS X from my MacBook Air and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I have been trying to install Debian during last week, but I don't have idea what's the key to enter into 'BIOS boot ...
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2007 iMac Blured Screen of Death

I'm running OS X 10.10.1 on a 2007 iMac (Intel based) I have tried to boot into the recovery HD, but it just continues with the boot as if I have never pressed cmd-r. When it does finally boot; it ...
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Create a bootable USB with Windows installer for Yosemite?

I'm having trouble creating a bootable USB for my mac. I have an iMac, and I'm wanting to install a copy of Windows Server 2008 x86 onto it. I've tried BootCamp, but I'm getting errors when selecting ...
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Why don't Windows 7 bootable sticks start on MacBook?

On Macbook air ~2014 when I created the bootcamp partition and the Windows bootable stick, it made a stick that can start an install just fine on Windows computers. Why doesn't that bootable stick ...
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Can I boot OS X or Windows Boot Camp from an external USB Type-C drive?

Currently I boot OS X and Windows Boot Camp from an external Thunderbolt HDD. LaCie just announced a new external USB-C (USB 3.1) hard drive enclosure. Will I be able to boot OS X or Windows Boot Camp ...
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Fix formatted GPT in SSD

I accidentally formatted my SSD's GPT while formatting a USB in Linux's gparted. Now, when running gpt in Mac's command line, this is how my SSD looks like: My-MacBook-Pro:~ user$ sudo gpt -r show ...
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MacBook Pro refuses to boot/recover, hangs at “white screen”

I am somewhat new to caring for Macs, but one has been left in my care and I have not been able to restore it to working order yet. Here are the symptoms: The MacBook Pro would hang with a "white ...
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Stop sign at boot - new SSD

I've got a mid 2012 MBP 13" in which I inserted a brand new MX100 in the place of the old HDD. I've put the old HDD in a case in the superdrive place and tried to install 10.10 but the install failed. ...
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Can I make a bootable drive for mid 2010 MBP with a Windows computer?

I have a mid 2010 Macbook Pro running Yosemite that I foolishly did a reset on while it was connected to an external monitor that was designated as default in settings And connected to a USB keyboard ...
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Power Mac G5 doesn't boot/black screen

I have a Power Mac G5 (Model No: A1047 EMC 1969C). My problem is that it doesn't properly boot anymore when powered up. When I'll press the power button, the white LED next to the button will ...
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Broke Boot Camp while trying to get a triple boot

I'm running Yosemite, up-to-date on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. I removed the optical drive, moved my internal HDD to its location and placed a new SSD in the original HDD's location. This has been great ...