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

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How to boot Linux from Mac using rEFInd

I have successfully installed rEFInd on my MacBook Pro 2015 so I can boot into Linux however I cannot seem to boot into it. Here are my issues (both with Ubuntu 64x Mac CD and Kali Linux 64x USB). ...
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iMac 27 inch - 2013 not booting - Black Screen

My iMac 27" will not boot up. Chime does not play and the device does not power up, and shows no white screen. Only a black screen with no boot up sounds. If I hold the power button for long enough ...
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How to check which parts of a dead MacBook Pro 17" Mid 2010 work

Mac was water damaged. No start up chime. Charger shows green light dimmer than when plugged in to working Macs when plugged. Battery status button on side has no effect. Won't start in safe, target ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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Cannot boot to OS X using rEFInd

I have installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on my 2015 13" MBP onto another partition however it does not detect OS X. Here are my disk partitions: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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rEFInd keeps deleting itself

It has been some time since I have downloaded rEFInd. It was fine ever since, though later, it did start acting strange. For example, the resolution of the rEFInd window was absolutely wrong. Though ...
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os x boot volume

was hoping someone might be able to help me figure this out when i run the cmd "systemsetup -getstartupdisk" the output is "/Volumes/13/WINNT" My hard drive setup is a gpt schema with three ...
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Uninstall rEFInd 0.8-3.7 on Yosemite

I recently tried installing rEFInd on Yosemite using the command ./install.sh --alldrivers however it would not recognise the ubuntu 14.04 x64 for Mac disk I made and so I would like to uninstall ...
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Unable to reach Startup Manager or any boot options on OSX Leopard

I have 5 year old 17" MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard that, without any warning, is suddenly unable to locate its startup disk. I've tried every possible boot key combo, but only zapping NVRAM works, ...
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Installation of Yosemite is interrupted by a white screen at ⅓ of progress bar

The loading of the installation from a Yosemite USB installer drive is interrupted by a blank screen about ⅓ into the progress bar. The same USB drive works on another (older) MacBook Pro. The ...
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Stop sign when booting from internal ssd, boot goes fine if the ssd is in external case

sorry for the long post and my english. I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13 which I purchased in july 2011 and it worked fine until one week ago. Since when I bought it i replaced the stock hdd with ...
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Boot Android from USB on Mac. Has anyone tried it yet?

I'm interested in creating a bootable usb working on Mac, with Android x86 on it. I tried a couple of methods without any results. Well, maybe a bad one as I said in my other question (if you could be ...
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MacBook Pro keeps returning to login screen

I can login to safe boot without issue. I created a new admin account through safe boot, but upon first full login into this new account, the same behaviour as in the title showed up instantly. I ...
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4SNS TCBC - Which Mac Pro sensor is that?

Briefly my Mac Pro (4,1 Early 2009 ) stopped booting which I eventually traced to the plastic clip holding the north bridge down failing. Seems to be a common issue. Replaced the clips and now it ...
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How to backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux?

How does one backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux like it's shown in Archlinux Wiki using the MBR analogue: To backup the MBR: # dd if=/dev/sda of=/path/mbr-backup bs=512 count=1 ...
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Stop xcode opening file on startup

I cloned my hard drive onto an SSD using SuperDuper. Now when I boot using the SSD, xcode opens an obscure source code file living in /opt (always the same file). I've tried quitting xcode, restart ...
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MacPro: Flashing world logo, can't go into any mode, incorrect password types itself

When I turned on my mac this morning, the world logo flashed and then took ages to boot up and finally when my logon screen came up. An extremely long password started typing itself out. I deleted ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another ...
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How to replace internal HDD with SSD in Mac Mini?

I'm a complete nube to Mac (bought Mac Mini 10/Apr/15). So far I have cloned OSX from Internal HDD to USB SSD which is to become my Boot Disk. The HDD is solely to hold a recovery partition, and Data ...
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Can I stop my Macbook Pro booting into Windows automatically?

I've got my Macbook Pro (early 2015) set up with Boot Camp. Normally, when I switch it on, OS X starts. But I can press Alt/Option to get the boot menu, and select Boot Camp Windows from there. Once ...
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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...
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Cannot boot Mac OS X Yosemite due to libJPEG.dylib

My Macbook Air 2014 does not boot to login and it freezes. This picture below is captured in verbose mode (from Command+V). I have no idea how to solve this. What I did before this happen is ...
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MacBook with a new hard drive fails to start

I have a 2009 MBP (7,1) which I recently upgraded the hard drive to a Crucial BX100SD. The hard drive was configured via. a USB to SATA cable on my desktop machine. I used a Flash install of ...
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No menu bar or dock on OSX 10.10 after installing rEFInd and Ubuntu

Umm, yeah. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. See, I needed Linux for software development, and the obvious choice (while some might argue) was Ubuntu. So I installed it as dual-boot with OSX ...
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Can't boot off of USB on Early 2006 iMac and can't get to Startup Manager

Recently, I've gone through the trouble of replacing the hard drive on my Mac with the model A1174, which the Internet says is a iMac "Core Duo" 2.0 20-Inch Early 2006. Needless to say that I do not ...
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Need to clean install Yosemite without knowing or resetting password

I have a laptop that I would like to get in working order. There are 2 main issues: I forgot the password. When I boot the laptop, I am seeing the flashing folder with a question mark which ...
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OSX Yosemite won't show desktop

So I got some freeze issue and beach ball indicator was appeared for me. So I was watching rotation of it during ten minutes and then hard reset my mac. So did because I can't click any buttons or ...
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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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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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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 hangs 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. I did a verbose startup and this was the screenshot before my ...
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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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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 ...