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

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MacBook Pro - not booting - going around in loops?

After a harrowing couple of days, I found this site and am hoping someone can help. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro which has recently started having problems booting. During a game session (SIMMS), it ...
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Install Windows to portable hard drive?

I'm trying to install windows on a portable 1tb hard drive and boot it via boot camp on the same hard drive. Want to know if this is possible? My main motivation is due to my school having mac pros ...
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Connecting external display turns MacBook screen black

For years, connecting to external monitors on my MBP 9,2 (10.10.4) worked just fine (except the occasional crash). Until yesterday, where I had three crashes in quick succession. Now when the display ...
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MacPro 2.1 won't boot from USB nor from MacBook via target mode

My Mac Pro 2.1 (I believe 2x 2.33 quad / 32GB ram / startup disk is a SSD / OS X Yosemite) suddenly started showing up the ?-folder instead of booting so I thought the SSD died. I connected the Mac ...
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Can't boot, can't do a recovery, can't reinstall

I try to start in single-user mode and I get about 7 lines of text and 3 lines of dots. It says: Efiboot loaded from device: (then a long alphanumeric number) Boot file path: ...
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Thin green lines on boot, then screen goes grey (late 2011 MBP - 8,2)?

Last night I was using my late 2012 MBP (higher res screen, dual intel/amd graphics), and the screen suddenly went black. I left it go for a minute - no change. I open and closed the lid - it ...
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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, the ...
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OSX El Capitan - cannot make bootable usb stick with boot camp

I meticulously followed this tutorial, and this worked for me in 2014. I have a 4GB usb stick plugged into the computer. It should be enough for windows 7, a partition which no longer boots and I am ...
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Cannot change startup disk - Yosemite

I've got a clean install of Yosemite on a brand new hard drive. All good, up and running (got to boot to it manually). As the title says, I can't get the system to boot from this hard drive. Error ...
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Don't want my hard drive to die again!

A couple of months ago, my Mac Book Pro wouldn't start up - it would make it halfway through and then power down. I took it to the repair store, and they said the hard drive was broken, and they ...
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MacBook freezes and can't restart without PRAM reset

I have a Mid 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro and am running OS X Version 10.11.2 (El Capitan). When my problem first occurred, I was running Yosemite. Here's the short story: my screen will occasionally ...
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Boot Camp Assistant - Windows dosen't show up on boot!

I followed all steps to get Windows 7 on my Mac with Boot Camp Assistant and everything was working out until I was finished creating a BOOTCAMP partition and when my Mac restarted it said "No ...
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Mac Pro custom graphic black screen during boot

My 1st gen MacPro with a custom graphic card (ATI Radeon) does not show any boot prompt. Actually it doesn't show anything until Aqua comes up. I need boot prompts and pre GUI screens for multiple ...
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Imac 27" EMC 2546 boot issue (stalls boot at ~30%)

I've seen somewhat similar other such issues on many posts, but nothing that gives me a workable solution to my boot issue, so here is what's happening: Imac 27" late 2012 EMC 2546, with the recalled ...
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Mac book Pro [2011 model] - Screen bit distorted and greenish tint and does not boot completely after the apple logo and progress bar loads

My Macbook Pro hung so I forced restarted it but on restart the screen was bit distorted and had greenish tint (Picture below) also it never goes past the Apple logo and progress bar to boot ...
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BuildError(): error building a user of type

I'm getting a strange message each time I boot. For a quick second before the Apple Logo appears I see the text: BuildError(): error building a user of type 0x20010008 Then the Logo appears, and ...
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How do I instal OS X when boot combos don't work?

I'm trying to instal OS X on a 2013 Macbook Air. I erased the OS X partition, the computer is booting to my windows 7 bootcamp partition by default. All boot key combinations(C, Option, CMD+Option+R, ...
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What is it that prevents using a 3rd party SSD in a 2015 rMBP?

I bought an Early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina model with the 128GB SSD and have been wondering what to do if I need more disk space.. then I found out that it's currently not quite possible to just stick ...
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Create bootable windows on external HDD

Hello I'm trying to create bootable windows on this external HDD http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046A8MSM/ref=twister_B004DTS99S?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 but without success. I'm following this tutorial ...
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Issue with OS X Startup Disk in System Preferences when using EFI dual boot

I have Windows booting EFI on my Mac mini (Late 2012). It has two physical drives with one EFI partition (on the OS X disk). If I option boot I see OS X and EFI (Windows) choices and everything works ...
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Serious Boot / Sleep Problems

Two days ays ago I closed the lid of my macbook pre for the night as I have done for the last 2.5 years but when I opened the lid in the morning the screen didn't show. It seemed to be 'alive' (ish) ...
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How to run Apple Hardware Test with broken keyboard?

mid-2011 13" MBA running Yosemite Coffee spill has left keyboard of mid-2011 13" MBA non-functioning. Even power button doesn't work, I boot by shorting the two solder points on logic board. I've ...
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2007 Macbook Pro will not boot to HDD

I have a 2007 MacBook Pro running Yosemite from an off the net upgrade from Snow Leopard and the graphics went crazy while trying to watch a TV program on my Slingbox app. I forced a shut down by ...
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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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DVD stuck in 2006 iMac, won't boot

So I put a DVD in and it wouldn't come out. I wanted to try the "hold left mouse during start up" method of getting it out and now it won't boot and I can still not get the DVD out. It is my GF's old ...
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Installing Microsoft Windows VM on OS X

I'm kinda new to the Mac OS, in fact I got this current Mac this week so I'm pretty noob with it. I need to run a VM with windows 11 and 10 for testing purposes. So I downloaded and the virtual ...
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MacBook air is messed up, can't erase the hard drive from recovery

Something happened when installing El Capitan and now I have only one partition in my hard drive with only 30 gigs of space when it's supposed to be 128. I can't seem to erase anything. Any advice?
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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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Macbook pro keep on rebooting after Windows 7 installation while booting

I recently purchased Macbook pro 13inch early 2012 edition and wanted to dual boot windows 7 and Mac OS. After Googling, followed the below links and was able to successfully install WIn7 ...
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I can't boot my iMac to Mac OS X

I have Windows (Boot Camp) installed. So I ran out of storage and thought about partitioning my Mac's part of drive. I partitioned my Mac's drive and set Windows to boot by default. Once I lost ...
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Mavericks Login Screen Gone, Black screen with white dash upper left corner

Two weeks ago I was cleaning my system from old and unused drivers and leftovers and it looks like that I deleted something that was crucial. Using UninstallPKG I removed unused Printer drivers, Old ...
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EFI Boot icon on startup menu

I completely removed Boot Camp partition from my MBP (by DiskUtil). Everything is OK, but now when I start the system with the boot menu I see the "EFI Boot" icon instead "Windows" drive. What does it ...
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Entering in recovery system trouble

When I'm trying to enter in recovery system through pressing cmd+R I'm getting OS X Internet Recovery instead of Utilites window. How to avoid it?
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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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Windows 10 will not boot anymore

Urgent! I have an existing Windows 10 installation via Bootcamp which has been on my Mac for months without issue. However for ages I have been wanting to read my Mac partition from Windows which it ...
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Cannot either mount or repair greyed out partition

As a likely symptom, I started boot camp earlier in today to install a dual boot Windows on my machine and the install/remove Windows option was greyed out and I could not select it. After that, I ...
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MacBook Pro stuck on login

I know that this question has been answered before, but none of them seemed to help me. My situation is as follows: I was running MatLab and had too many figures open (like 40, and Matlab always lags ...
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Boot Into Recovery Partition After Installing Linux.

I want to install Linux on my mid 2014 Macbook Pro for educational purposes. However, I don't want this to be permanent. I've tried to partition the hard drive and install both OSs but I have not ...
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Macbook Pro late 2011 version won´t boot up

Hi guys I have been searching the forum and haven´t seen a solution to my problem therefore i will start by explaining what happened. Last night all of a sudden my mac froze, the mouse would move but ...
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Anyone knows how to fix Module wl Not found? t

Does anyone know how to go around fixing: Fatal: module wl not found I get this when I insert into terminal: modprobe wl on Kali linux 2.0 that I dual booted to my Macbook air El capitan. ...
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Understanding kernel panic error log

My MacBook Pro worked all normal when all of a sudden it went black. It tried to reboot itself but immediately produced a kernel panic. From then on I was never able to boot again. I could only enter ...
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Windows 10 partition no longer boots after El Capitan upgrade

I have a triple boot MacBook Pro (mid-2014 model) with separate partitions for Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows 10 (recently upgraded, without any issues, from Windows 8.1). Before, everything ...
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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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Under what circumstances would the startup chime enable itself?

After doing some reformatting/reinstalling a couple a weeks ago, the startup chime on my Macbook has never gone off when I turn it on for the past few weeks. However, when I tuned on my Macbook Pro ...
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Splitting Partition On External Drive

I have a 1TB external drive with three partitions: FAT32 for extra storage (~500GB) Ubuntu (~499GB) Linux swap space (~1GB) I want to boot to rEFind and then to Ubuntu from any Mac; preferably ...
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MacBook Pro (late 2013) w/ Yosemite & FileVault won't boot: LCD light only, no other activity

After lid-sleeping my machine with ~10% battery left, a few hours later, attached to AC power, it would not wake from lid-open, keypress, or short power-button-press. After doing a ...
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Macbook pro stuck on boot - “AppleUSBHostPort::interruptOccurred: overcurrent detected”

I am trying to reinstall OSX on a MacBook Pro Mid-2009 but it hangs on startup. I have used several disks but now when running in verbose mode see that it hangs at ...
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Yosemite on rMBP 15" refuses to boot, fans running high

Everything was great. I hung out in OSX, did some work, then rebooted into Windows (Bootcamp) to play a game. After rebooting back to OSX, i notice that the system is stuck on boot. The apple logo ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 keeps booting the OS X Utilities and won't accept our Apple ID

Before the issue became my headache, one of our relatives created a partition on my MBP to keep their files. Yesterday they deleted their partition and there might be important files that was delete ...
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How can I clear the kernel extension caches while using FileVault 2?

I have the same problem as this user, Air + Lion : plug in USB, keyboard/pad stop working , where the built-in keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro stop working (and drop out of the USB devices ...