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

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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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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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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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Yosemite won't boot in safe mode with Shift held down

I'm investigating some slowness with my late '13 rMBP which I upgraded to Yosemite on Sunday. Problem is, I can't boot into safe mode by holding the Shift when restarting or powering up. I tried ...
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OSX Partition won't mount. Permissions seem wrong

OS X was spinning and spinning when trying to shutdown so I held down the the ⌽ Power button to force shutdown. Current Situation: I cannot boot to OS X directly, I first have to boot to single ...
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Can't start up MacBook Pro from OS X install discs

I wanted to re-install my mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 2.66 gHz 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) which is currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8. I inserted the retail Mac OS X 10.6 install disc, ...
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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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Mac Won't Boot. Help needed

I use top-notch MBPRO15 Late 2011 with the latest OSX and all the recent updates installed. I had booting problems before which I managed to solve through command+option+P+R. I'm not sure what exactly ...
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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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Yosemite displaying the blue and grey screen of death

I have a late model 2011 MacBook Pro, and I upgraded to Yosemite two weeks ago. Yesterday I was working in After Effects on some pretty big movie files when the laptop screen just went black. Now ...
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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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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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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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Macbook Air intermittently can't find startup disk

About six months ago, my Macbook Air started having a strange issue where it would often not be able to find the startup disk, giving me the flashing question mark. Initially, I was convinced the hard ...
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Yosemite OSX iMac reboot progress bar stuck at 50%

My son went out of town and, upon returning, turned on his iMac. It rebooted and went into the progress bar typically showing during updates. It goes to the 50% mark, fairly quickly but then stayed ...
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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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Is it possible to boot from an encrypted external hard drive?

If I have an external hard drive with a bootable cloned backup (via SuperDuper) - if I encrypt it with the Finder will I still be able to boot from it if necessary? Are there any solutions to enable ...
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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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Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 on a MacBook Pro

so after a few hours of Google searching and too many headaches with a broken GPT, I've turned here. I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (9,2) that I want to dualboot OS X 10.9 and Ubuntu 14.04 on. I've read ...
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Boot screen has wrong display resolution

I recently used my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.4) with a projector using a mini display port to VGA adapter. The resolution of the screen was modified from the use of the projector from 1680x1050 to ...
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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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Macbook Pro 13-inch stuck at Gray screen with apple logo and wheel

I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro, early 2011 with its original OS. I came to a point where its battery needs to be replaced, and I can't use it without using its charger/adapter. One time, I accidentally ...
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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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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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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 ...
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iPad won't turn on after a complete battery drain

I forgot to plug in my iPad after the critical battery warning and it went some minutes following the warning. I was not worried because same thing had happened a few times before and iPad was ...
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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to archive is Create a Bootable usb drive from Windows 7 iso image using a Mac running. Use the flash drive to boot and install windows on a PC (not Mac) What I'm looking for is an app ...
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Internal HDD works with pc but not mac. MBP

I had bootcamped win 7 on my mac a while back until one fateful night I was hit with a bluescreen. When I attempted to restart I received a no drive recognized error. Since then I have done everything ...
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How to run a sudo command on mac? .. problem with mysql server

I 've installed mysql server with brew, and i need to run manually this command each time my computer start to make it work with an application that I can't edit. sudo mkdir -p -- /var/run/mysqld/ ; ...
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How do I get into boot options with a non-mac keyboard?

I boot my mac mini, hold down alt on my non-mac keyboard, but it does not go to boot options. How do I get to boot options with a non-mac keyboard then?
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Mac Pro 2008 Refuses to Boot

My Mac Pro 3, 1 began rebooting randomly one day and the next it wouldn't come back on. Pushing the power button results in a fan clicking in to life for half a second and then all power is lost. The ...
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Flashing question mark, low hard drive space

When I booted my Mac last night I got a flashing folder against a gray background. The computer started fine this morning, but when I closed the lid and opened it up again I had to reboot, and now ...
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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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How to Hide All users from fresh boot With FileVault 2

With System preferences>Users & Groups> Login options> display login window as "Name and Password" normally you need to type out the user name and password to sign in. With FileVault2, when ...
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Installing Windows on an Early 2011 MBP w/ swapped out SSD… major roadblocks

My problem started a few days ago when after installing my brand new 250gb evo ssd I decided having a windows partition would be nice. I had previously had this setup before having the ssd whenever I ...
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Can VirtualBox prevent Mac OS X Yosemite to boot properly?

After a few days of good experience with Yosemite, my Macbook pro cannot boot anymore. After 30 or 40% of boot, it just restarts. Here are what I did to fix it: Booting to single-user, runnign fsck ...
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“You restarted/Computer restarted because of a problem” on wakeup, Evernote?

For the last few days I've been getting scared because of these messages that appear very frequently on wakeup, and almost always when I wakeup after a long duration. Sometimes it says "you restarted ...
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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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Boot Camp OS startup selection not available with Windows Alt

I am using iMac (Yosemite) and Logitech K800 wireless keyboard http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-illuminated-keyboard-k800 (specifically the Finnish version of it). When I press Alt on ...
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MacBook Pro early 2011: sound loop, black screen

Over the last week I have had four similar incidents: When I played something on YouTube, the audio just loops for a few seconds, and then either the screen freezes or a black screen will appear. ...
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Bootcamp fail stuck at no bootable device (hold option not working)

I've been trying to find an answer to my problem all day with no luck. I tried installing windows 7 via bootcamp this morning. I accidentally created the partition before creating a bootable usb ...
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Folder with Question Mark On Startup, Don't Know the Firmware Password

So my buddy's macbook one day just booted up with a folder with a question mark in it. Its an old laptop from work, which he doesn't work at anymore. I've been trying to help him out, but I've ...
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MacBook boots automatically when opening lid. Feature or problem?

When my 13" Retina MacBook running Yosemite is powered off and I open the lid, it immediately starts booting up... without pressing the power button. Is this a new feature (maybe part of Yosemite) or ...
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How do I unfreeze my iPod Nano 4th Gen?

tl;dr -- My iPod hangs on the boot screen (black background, silver apple logo). When I try to restore it (on both my Virtual Windows XP and on a Mac laptop), it'll restore fine, but when it reboots ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2012 startup chime from right speaker only

After installing a ssd into my Macbook pro mid 2012 (not retina), i noticed that the startup chime is coming only from the right speaker. (I am not sure if it was always like that or if its because of ...
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iPhone 5c Reset Not Progressing While Reseting

I recently got my son this 5c, when we went to restore it, the progress bar would not load. At first I thought it was a graphical problem, so I left it run for a few hours but it seems to be stuck. ...