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 disable single-user boot (command S)

By default, Macs are extremely insecure if somebody can get physical access, as they can simply shut it down, press the power button, hold command-S, and there, they get root access in 5 seconds. Is ...
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Renaming the startup disks shown during boot

I'm dual booting OS X (Lion) and Arch Linux, and when I hold down "option" during the boot process, I am presented with both of my startup disk options (i.e., OS X and Linux); however, they are named ...
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Mac Book Pro 3,1 uneven startup behavior - sometimes start between 5min to 30min after pushing power button

First of all my Mac Book Pro wont start up after going to sleep mode - all black screen etc. When i choose power down from the menu - well it doesnt power down completely - the harddrive is still ...
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Lion hangs on boot with empty progress bar and then switches off

Today as I was working on my MacBook Pro, it became incredibly slow and almost impossible to work with. I spent five minutes trying to restart it from the system menu, and eventually I did. It took ...
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iMac shows frozen at bootup, but computer running normally in background

I'm on an Intel iMac running Lion. I'm having major issues with my iMac. The iMac froze whilst using Chrome, and I was forced to reset it. After the reset the screen seemed to freeze on the apple ...
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How do I boot my MacBook Air running Lion in safe mode?

I follow the instructions in http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1455 to boot in Safe Mode, but it appears something different happens with Lion. After holding the shift key when hearing the startup tone, ...
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How do I clone a dual-boot Macbook

I have a Macbook Air set up for dual-boot (Lion & Windows 7) and am planning on buying a newer model. How would I go about cloning the entire hard drive to the new machine? Do I need to ...
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Macbook (2,1) boots into blue screen and hangs

Last night, I shut down my computer. When I turned it back on, I just got the rEFIt logo (I have rEFIt installed). Usually, it takes a moment to populate the menu with a list of bootable devices, but ...
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mac: /usr/sbin/diskutil verifyPermissions / hangs in single-user mode

I'm trying to repair my sister's iMac using single-user mode. Since a recent power outage (no surge protector) it won't boot. I used verbose mode to see where it was hanging ("mDNSResponder: adding ...
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Ejecting CD from Mac after fresh install?

I just installed Lion on a Mac Mini, and I can't get the CD to eject. Currently, the computer boots up to the "Welcome" screen for new installs, where the Country/Region is selected. I want to leave ...
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Monitor remains grey after Apple logo during boot on Mac Pro

The Mac Pro here (2008 model) started acting up as of yesterday during booting - when I turn it on, I hear the typical sound, the Apple logo appears, it disappears.. and the monitor remains in that ...
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Is is possible to prevent OS X firmware password removal?

The title pretty much says it all. I have set a firmware password on my MacBook Pro just to make things a bit harder in case of theft. Still, by pulling the RAM and resetting the PRAM, it would be ...
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Remove 2nd partition, reclaim space

If I have a dual booting computer (os x 10.7 and Linux), and would like to remove the Linux partition and return it to one single large disk running os x, how is this done? Is there risk to messing up ...
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Troubleshooting MacBook Air boot issues

I have a late-2010 MacBook Air (11inch, 3,1), running Snow Leopard. I hadn't run software update in a month or two, so I plugged it into the wall and ran software update last night. Unfortunately, ...
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Do the new macbook pro models (2011) still have a 4 partition limit?

If I remember correctly, the older Macbook pro models (pre 2011) had a 4 partition limit: so, if you tried to install multiple operating systems, you had this limit. Do the new models (2011) still ...
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How can I reset the PRAM if Recovery Mode keeps overriding the PRAM command?

Lion uses the ⌘ + R to boot into recovery mode. Resetting the PRAM in anything less than 10.7 was ⌘ + ⌥ + P + R. Recovery mode now seems to override the PRAM command. Does anyone ...
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Can I dual boot Snow Leopard and Lion?

I own a Mac Mini 3.1 with Snow Leopard installed. I would like to dual boot with Lion for development purposes. I have partitioned my hardisk as described in Point (1) in this tutorial How to ...
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Restore MacBook AIr (mid 2011) partitions

I just messed up my partions on my harddisk. The situation: Installed windows 7 using bootcamp (NTFS). After that i wanted to ceate a shared partition, on wich both MAC OS and Windows can write. In ...
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Can you run Disk Utility from bootable lion disk?

I've made a bootable lion disk by extracting the InstallESD.dmg from the lion installer app's package contents. - (Contents>SharedSupport>InstallESD.dmg) When booting from this disk, can you run disk ...
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How can I fix permission issue when I cannot start Mac OS X?

I was creating a guest account and to prevent it from accessing the Macintosh HD as in other applications and stuff I assigned it as in "No Access" When I switched to the guest account everything ...
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Mac Pro: Any way to recognize a bootable USB on startup?

I have a Mac Pro 2,1 2x6-Core Xeon@2.66 GHz and am trying to boot from several ISO images written to USB sticks. I have tried the dd-based methods as recommended by Ubuntu, with no luck. In every case ...
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2009 Mac Mini HDD as an External Drive for a 2011 Mac Mini HDD

I have a unique plan: I have a 2009 Mac Mini mid-2009 with 10.6 OS X. I just got the 2011 Mac Mini with 10.7. But I am planning to use the hard drive from the 2009 Mac Mini with 10.6 OS X as an ...
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macbook with mac OS 10.5.- not booting past apple logo

For the past few days, my old macbook told me that it wa not charging, although the plug was plugged in. Unplugging it would just stop the computer from working, so the battery would really not ...
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Mac Mini not booting issue

I'm looking for some troubleshooting ideas on my mac mini failing to boot. The machine had been working fine until 3 days ago. I purchased the mini second hand from a friend ~ 4 months ago. The ...
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OSX Lion showing a white screen plus pointer prior to the desktop appearing

During boot-up, immediately after the Apple logo with the spinning progress wheel ends, rather than the desktop appear, I get a white screen with pointer in the top left for about 5 seconds. Then the ...
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Create bootable USB drive from Linux ISO

I'd like to take a Linux ISO (e.g., CentOS, Ubuntu), and create a bootable USB drive. (It will be used for booting on a stock PC, not on the Mac). How do I go about creating such a drive using a Mac?
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Constantly ejecting OS X install disc when trying to boot

When trying to boot from the OS X install disc (Snow Leopard) my Macbook will just eject the disc and boot normally from the installed system on the hard drive. Once booted, the disc can be read fine ...
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How can I boot to Safari Only (Chromebook style) in Lion?

How can I boot safari only in Mac OSX Lion Chrome OS style? I heard that there was a key that one had to hold at startup, which one is it?
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Mac Mini has loud fan, won't power up

My intel-based mac mini (Model A1283, EMC 2336) refuses to boot. When I plug it in, the fan spins up very loudly, but then nothing happens when I hit the power button. I don't get a boot chime, and ...
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Mac OS: Some apps (mostly java) are very slow at first loading

System: Macbook Pro Duo 2.4Ghz, 4GB, Snow Leopard I first encountered this problem when running eclipse. When I first run it after every reboot or waking up, it painfully takes > 7 min to load. The ...
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In OS X 10.6 how do you mount an AFP share at boot or before user login?

Is there a way to mount an AFP share at boot so it is accessible to the system without a user logged in? I would like to run scripts via SSH or as a daemon on boot that check files on my AFP share. ...
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How to remove boot from MacMini?

I have tried installing windows 7 on my MacMini. I followed following steps. Setup went perfectly But while installing I thought of not installing it. So, I just restarted mac mini. Pressed Alt ...
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Wake on LAN for MBP late 2009

Is it possible to wake my MBP via Magic Packets from power down? I read Power up Mac Mini remotely, but that does not seem to work from power down. "Wake for network access" in "Energy Saver" prefpane ...
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2008/9 Mac Pro wont turn on, front pannel LED is constant white

My mac pro doesn't want to start up. I purchased some new memory installed it (and cleaned up some of the dust on the inside of the box) and now the machine won't boot up. I get a constant white ...
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How do I change the default boot option on rEFIt?

I have two copies of OS X (10.6 and 10.7). By default rEFIt boots 10.6. However, I want to make it boot 10.7 instead. How do I do this?
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New hard drive not recognized

I swapped the original 80 GB hard drive for a new 640 GB Samsung HM64JI hard drive. It is not recognized after booting from the 10.5 Installation DVD on Macbook 2.1 with recent EFI updates installed. ...
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Bootcamp load at startup with VMware

I have bootcamp loaded with Windows and would like it to boot and login at startup through VMware Fusion instead of starting manually after OSX 10.6.7 loads. Any ideas on how this functionality can ...
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Mac won't boot: Way to mount drive and delete one file?

My macbook is currently a brick. I added a /etc/launchctl.conf file that must be malformed. The OS now crashes even when attempting to start in safe mode: "launchd System bootstrapper has crashed: ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot into safe mode or from DVD

Specs: MacBook Pro 7,1, 2.4gHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD with Snow Leopard v10.6.7 I'm having a weird problem. I want to boot from the install disk to run Disk Utility because I'm ...
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No SIM Card installed error in iPhone 3g

My device iPhone 3G shown " "No SIM Card installed" 'insert a valid SIM With no PIN lock to activate iPhone' " It is in Emergency mode so please give me a solution if there is..? It comes when i am ...
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Can I boot from Snow Leopard DVD on 'normal' pc?

Just wondering if I have a copy of of snow leopard 10.6, if I put it in a typical pc that runs windows will it boot or do nothing?
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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Why have 5 different iMacs developed corrupt OS X partitions when the physical drives are fine?

I'm a tech for my local school district and we are having some problems with our iMac Multimedia Lab. Over the past nine months, 5 of the 22 iMacs have suffered from filesystem corruption. The only ...
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My mac has 64-bit EFI, but it only boots with 32-bit kernel

I followed the guide at http://macperformanceguide.com/SnowLeopard-64bit.html to boot into 64-bit mode. I had no problems with the instructions and on the boot screen it says "PAE enabled, 64bit mode ...
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Mac Mini won't boot. Is it the monitor or the Mac?

I just bought an old Mac Mini to start developing for iOS. The Mac Mini has a DVI port, so I connected it to my Dell 24" display which has a DVI connection. But it appears that my Mac wont boot. I ...
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Suppress load screen when using rEFIt?

I have rEFIt installed. Is there any way to choose a default OS to launch which would in turn suppress the load screen from showing up when you start up the computer? I'm looking for a way to make ...
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Always prompt for Boot Device on Startup?

I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen. Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I ...
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What does a firmware password protect?

If I create a firmware password on my MacBook, what does that protect me from? Does it protect from any of these: Reformatting the hard drive. Switching OS to boot from (e.g. if Boot Camp is ...
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Security hole in firmware password by installing another boot loader?

I set up a firmware password on my MacBook. One thing I don't understand is how I can install a tool such as rEFIt, and effectively bypass the entire firmware password (i.e. installing it never asked ...
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How do I uninstall rEFIt?

I installed rEFIt in order to install boot camp via a USB key. Now that Boot Camp is installed, I no longer need rEFIt, so I'm trying to uninstall it. I followed the uninstall directions for ...