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

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Mac OS X Base System interference

I have reviewed what has been written here regarding the Mac OS X Base System and I am still scratching my head. The impetus for this inquiry is how these partitions interfere with booting problem ...
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MacBook Cannot Boot Up - Grey Screen

My MacBook won't boot past the grey screen (white unibody MacBook 15", Intel-based, dual core). I installed an illegal copy of Snow Leopard onto my Mac (as legal copies were not available in my ...
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How to install Snow Leopard from USB where USB disk is prepared using Linux?

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard (a retail version) into my MacBook, but seems like that the MacBook can't find the boot disk over USB. I guess this is related to the fact that I mounted the .iso ...
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How does Apple achieve such an ultra fast boot up?

I'm a recent Mac user (MBP) and the booting time really surprises me. Within few seconds, from complete power down, the OS prompts you to log in, then the rest just flies! And even faster recovery ...
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Has iOS Always had Secure Boot?

In Apple's recent iOS Security paper here http://images.apple.com/ipad/business/docs/iOS_Security_May12.pdf They speak about the Secure Boot Chain, my question is has iPhones/iPods/iPads always had ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Repair disk from single user mode (fsck fails)

Earlier today my 2009 iMac emitted I/O errors trying to copy files. So I ran disk utility, verify disk to see if anything was amiss. It was. But as it's my startup disk I couldn't repair it, so I ...
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How to set up an iMac not to look for USB Flash drive info during boot up?

Short question: is there a way to disable an iMac's USB Flash Drive boot up so that boot up time is faster? Details: My iMac has an external USB hub, and it has 3, 4 or sometimes 6 or 7 USB Flash ...
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How to distinguish multiple OS X installations from each other in the bootloader?

I read with interest this post about setting up a flash drive with multiple OS X installers. It confirms what I've suspected by my tests with just one OS (Lion). However, a question occurred to me: ...
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How do I show a partition created gParted while booting my Mac?

I have a Mac Mini mid 2011, 500GB HDD with dual boot Windows 7. I tried prepping this drive so that i can clone it to a smaller 240GB SSD using gParted from this tutorial. Now when I boot holding ...
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Using OS X Lion on a main SL mac - use USB key instead of partition?

I need some advice. I am new and non-techy so please could you help me on a simplified level. I am running Snow Leopard on my Mac which I am happy with. I will upgrade to Mountain Lion later but I ...
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Regular Boot System Unresponsive

My computer was working fine until last night when I restarted. When the computer booted up and I logged into my account, I suddenly got the beachball whenever I tried to open an application. For ...
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Can you boot a MacBook Air from a USB 3 external hard drive?

Macs have long been able to boot from external FireWire hard drives. I don’t think they’ve been able to boot from external USB 2 drives though. The new MacBook Air (2012) has USB 3.0. Can it boot ...
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Stop-sign after boot and “Still waiting for root device”

Need some advice regarding a problem starting up my Mac Mini (mid 2011). The other day I was browsing websites when the machine froze with the spinning beachball. So I was forced to power off/on my ...
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MacBook Pro Lion crashes after a progress bar boot

Basically my MBP started giving me messages (out of nowhere) about how my Memory was too low and that I needed to shut down a few programs before continuing. In the end I was left with only Finder ...
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Is there a way to burn a Lion installation DVD-R from a new Mac mini or Macbook Pro?

I got a new Mac mini and Macbook Pro, and hope to burn a Lion installation DVD-R if it needs to be used in the future. But I searched for any file greater than 1GB on the hard drive and didn't find ...
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SSD only boots from USB adapter

I would like to know if anyone has an idea or suggestion to what's happening on my SSD. I was using Lion on my Vertex 3 SSD 240GB - MacBook Pro (early 2011 model) and everything was running well ...
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Boot into Legacy HD option rEFIt

I just synced my rEFIt partition tool and now I get an option to boot from legacy HD when at the moment the only bootable disk is that cotaining Mac OS X. Has anyone got any idea of how I can get rid ...
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How do I install Linux on an Intel iMac with no OS nor CD drive

What I want: Linux on an Intel iMac (Core Duo). What I have: An empty PC (17" Intel iMac) with broken CD drive. It's model A1173. This PC with Ubuntu 12.04 and an old Windows Vista partition. a ...
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After System Update last night, the system will not boot with IOPlatformExpert.cpp:1504 error

I have had Lion for a 2, 3 months on the iMac 27 inch purchased last October (2011). Last night I chose to update the system, and deselected iMoves update because it was 1GB, and chose only 4 ...
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Are “Extensions” something that disappeared many Mac OS versions ago?

On a sheet of Mac keyboard shortcuts for booting, one of them says, "hold down shift while booting and the computer will not load login items or extensions". Am I wrong, or are Mac OS "extensions" ...
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Keyboard shortcut to prevent login items from loading but still allow extensions

I know that if I boot my Mac while holding down Shift, then it does "safe mode" which causes it to boot without either login items or extensions. I often want to boot the computer and not load login ...
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Successful jailbroken iPhone ran out of battery and stuck in constant reboot with worn sleep/wake button

I successfully jailbroke my iPhone 3GS 5.1.1 untethered using Absinthe. I had been using the phone for a handful of days. Last night however the phone ran out of battery. A few hours later, I ...
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How can I make a bootable Windows 7 usb in OSX Lion?

I want to make a bootable Windows 7 USB in OS X Lion. How can I do that?
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Can I use 16 GB RAM with my MacBook Pro 7,1?

I just picked up 16GB of RAM for my MacBook Pro, running the newest OS X. According to the NewEgg reviews, it should work in it. However, once I boot up, it shows the Apple logo and, after a few ...
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How can I fix my GPT?

I just migrated from a 120 GB SSD drive to a 600 GB SSD drive. As I was lazy and didn't want to reinstall Mac OS X (Lion), I chose the following migration path: I created at GPT on the 600 GB target ...
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MacBook Pro (Lion) won't boot anymore

My MacBook Pro won't start up anymore. Here are the symptoms: displays only folder with question mark icon on startup when boot from Lion installation disk the disk utility program crashes. when i ...
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Unable to boot into 10.4 installation disc

I'm attempting to fix my friends old iMac G5 running OSX 10.4. There are a bunch of updates she needs, but she doesn't know her admin password. I'm attempting to reset it with her 10.4 install disc, ...
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iPhone won't charge anymore in infinite boot-loop [closed]

NOTE: I know this is a lot of text to handle, but I'll add a bounty whenever I can to the person who can bring me the solution. So see is as a motivation to read the whole text :) My friend has the ...
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Macbook Pro (Late 2011) Bootcamp and USB boot questions

I have a Macbook Pro with an OWC DataDoubler drive caddy replacing the Superdrive (installed at an Apple premium reseller, when I bought it, so I can still have my warranty). The main drive slot has ...
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Problem booting Ubuntu from newer Macbook Pro (late 2011 model)

I'm trying to create a USB stick that is bootable on both PC and Intel Mac systems, which will contain a full installation of Ubuntu (i.e. not just a LiveCD). I've succeeded in creating a USB that ...
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How can I boot a 2012 Mac Mini off of a USB thumbdrive with CentOS on it?

I have a 2012 Mac Mini running OS X 10.7.3. On another PC, I have created a USB boot disc with CentOS 6.2 on it. The goal was to install CentOS onto the Mini. The USB drive is MBR partitioned and ...
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What can slow down/How can I speed up the pre-kernel boot steps?

I've got a late 2007 Macbook Pro with 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I am running Boot Camp and have an OptiBay. I have partitioned the SSD and secondary drive to devote half of each to Lion and half to ...
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Why does RAID 1 “Mirroring not provide performance improvements”?

I have always used Software RAIDs, either Apple-provided, or via SoftRAID, etc. I am about to re-zhuzh my arrays and decided to do a little research beforehand… and On Apple's site, there is a ...
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Why can I boot into the recovery partition without entering a password even though I have FileVault 2 with full-disk-encryption enabled?

Apple has released this support document for FileVault 2 in Lion which says: FileVault 2 uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption to help keep your data secure. With FileVault 2 you can encrypt the ...
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After updating to Lion, can't re-install Snow Leopard or Lion

Here is my situation: I have a 2010 iMac that came with a Snow Leopard disc, which I installed. Then, when Lion was released, I upgraded to it. However, yesterday, I had to erase my entire HDD ...
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Restored from Time Machine, no boot

I restored from a Time Machine backup onto a new HDD, this was using a disc with OS X Lion Upon boot, in verbose mode, the text hangs after initpool: offset = 0x08000000 size = 0x0800000. I would be ...
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MacBook Pro 2010 won't boot after EFI upgrade

I have updated my MacBook Pro (Core i5, early 2010) with system update to new EFI version, and now after startup it just shows the gray screen and doesen't react on keyboard (just plays the boot ...
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Is this possible? Prevent Live-Linux from booting and grabbing your files without encrypting your disc?

I am a medium-experienced Power User with knowledge about most of the stuff (studying this since two years) and I know something about how Linux and Windows work; I have screwed up countless ...
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Boot from USB on MacBook 1.1 (early 2007)

I’m trying to install Windows 8 from USB on my MacBook 1.1 (early 2007). I have tried booting using rEFIt (on 10.6): Partition my USB key as MBR: the Windows 8 logo fish stays stuck forever. ...
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How can I install OS X Lion on a new HDD?

I need OS X Lion on a new HDD that I am preparing to install in a MacBook. Since I don't have an existing disk to boot up and Apple isn't selling flash drives with it (or are they?), how do I use it ...
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Can't login after updating software

MacOS asked me for update to EFI 2.7, I said ok. After rebooting I came up to the login screen. When I use my password for a moment I could see grey screen with mac's progress circle but then It ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Is the boot time of an iOS device affected by the apps that are running at shutdown?

I suspect that apps that use system services might take time to register each app in the appropriate places at startup. Is the boot time of an iOS device affected by the apps that are running at the ...
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What's the startup/reboot time for iPad (3rd generation) compared to other iOS devices?

I'd like to know, in people's personal experience so far, about how long the new iPad takes to start up (in seconds), especially when compared with other devices running iOS. For the purposes of ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot anymore after a fall

I have an old MacBook Pro (late 2006) and he won't boot anymore. He fell down the table and ever since, he's not working anymore. When I try to boot him, the hard drive and the fans starts spinning, ...
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Accesing files with Mac not booting

Is it possible, say with Lion recovery partition or any other way, to access individual files on the hard drive to copy them before reformatting it to do a clean install? It is not possible to boot ...
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2008 MacBook Pro Blinking Folder icon

I have a friend with a ~2008 MBPro which has seemingly hit the hay. I'm not 100% it's 2008, but I think so. It has magnetic power cord--the square one. Anyway, as soon as it turns on, there is the ...
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Reboots hang. Cold Starts Boot on iMac 27" i7 (Mid 2010)

I've been having a problem with my iMac i7 (mid 2010) for quite awhile. Any kind of restart from a software update, or a user selected restart, causing the iMac to get stuck on the restart gray screen ...