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

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Mac with newer OS X installed no longer boots previous version

First of all I am aware of the fact, that Macs usually refuse to boot or install older version of OS X than they were shipped with. But this is not the case here. The long story: A few months ago I ...
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Panic on boot, need to use single user mode (was: need to rebuild kext cache)

I'm getting this at every boot on one Mac: With some searching and asking around I've found that I can get a successful boot if I boot into single-user mode, mount / as read/write, and then do ...
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2011 Macbook pro - i7 750gb screen flicker

My mac did not boot after trying everything. I was planning to replace HDD but before that I took the HDD out and made it external and I could read everything without any issues. So thought its not ...
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Is it possible to install an old version of Mac OS on a new Mac?

I know that Apple doesn't want me to run a version of Mac OS older than the one my Mac came with, but is there a way around this? For example: if I buy a new Retina MacBook Pro, is there a way to run ...
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Can the MacBook boot from a second HDD

If I was to install a SSD in my MacBook Pro (Mid 12) where currently the Superdrive is attached and continue to use the preinstalled HDD for other files, can I run OSX from that new drive? Or in ...
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How to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox

I have been trying to use Hackboot to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox, and using an ISO image created by following the steps at How to create bootable ISO for OS X Mavericks The steps I have ...
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MacBook Pro stuck on white screen after dual-boot adjustments

I wanted to have dual-boot setup on my MacBook Pro. So after searching for a bit, I found a couple of sites that offered a step-by-step explanation on how to do it using rEFInd. I successfully ...
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Mac mini early 2014: Enter startup manager using a windows (wireless USB) keyboard

Cannot enter startup manager or perform any other startup action on my mac mini. I tried installing Windows 10 (Tech Preview) alongside Yosemite. The mac mini automatically starts into Windows, ...
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Mac boot menu not showing up with different keyboards

I have a Macbook White from 2010. I have been using it for a while and everything works except the internal keyboard which is broken because of a tea spill. An external PC-keyboard (USB) is attached ...
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How to disable OS X installer on boot?

TL;DR Have a MacBook Pro with (probably) bad GPU. Tried to install Yosemite OS X - after reboot, it hangs up on grey screen. Is there a way to disable Yosemite OS X (or any other) installer on boot ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Reoccuring Freezing Problem

I have a MacBook Pro 15" that has been having a reoccurring issue. It gradually starts to slow down while using it, starts freezing, and then will get stuck on the Apple logo loading screen after ...
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GRUB overwritten Refind/Mac bootloader - Unable to boot

Getting desperate here, need some help background: I have a late 2012 imac, running OS X 10.10 Also i had Xubuntu & OpenSuse running as secondary OSs I was using refind & everything was ...
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How to change boot login

How Do I change the user for the Boot login? I had changed my username recently and have deleted the temporary admin that has been made to change my username, but the Boot Login has somehow changed to ...
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Mac boots into log on screen quickly but takes long time to log into account

I just replaced the stock OEM hard drive on my 2010 macbook pro 15 inch with a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB and installed Yosemite on it from scratch with USB (the first time i am using Yosemite). Now ...
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Booting from Windows USB Key Overwrote EFI - Mac No Longer Boots

I'm using a macbook pro running Yosemite. I was trying to create installation media to install linux on an SD card, and I used a USB key that had a bootable windows installation on it. I thought I had ...
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rEFIt boot changed after update to Yosemite

I was using rEFIt to work with Ubuntu with my Mac. After the upgrade to Yosemite I had a problem with rEFIt. I found the following solution on ubuntuforums.org but rEFIt still didn't work: cd ...
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Can I temporarly disable automatic login while booting?

Is there a key to press in order to disable automatic login for that single boot? I do not want to disable automatic login entirely, I wonder if there is a key combination that, if you keep it ...
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I cant see my bootable 10.9.3 usb drive on mac

I downloaded 10.9.3 dmg file (aprox. 5gb) from torrent site. Than I installed trasmac to my other windows computer and created a bootable usb with it. But when I plug this usb to my mac I could not ...
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Unable to boot from USB Mac

I am running OS X 10.9.2 on a late 2011 Macbook Pro. I created a Windows 7 install usb using bootcamp successfully but the startup screen is not recognizing the usb on reboot. Please help. Note: I ...
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Booting an iMac using a Macbook Pro's internal disk

Suppose I have an iMac and a Macbook Pro. My Macbook Pro is my primary workstation, and when I switch to the iMac I would like my environment to be exactly the same in order to facilitate switching ...
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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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iPad 1 won't boot, flashes apple logo

I have recently acquired a refurbished iPad 1 WiFi + 3G. Straight out of the box it wouldn't boot up at all. No logo, or anything. Upon plugging the device into the AC power charger, the Apple logo ...
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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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iMac won't boot off of Mavericks USB when downgrading from Yosemite

I made the biggest mistake of my adult life and installed Yosemite without backing up my HDD. Fortunately, I do have most of my actual files and programs saved to my external HDD, but that leads to ...
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No Partition to install Yosemite to

I wanted to have a clean Yosemite installation. Therefor I deleted the existing partition to make sure a completely clean installation is made. The problem is that I cannot choose the partition to ...
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External disk boots installation system, but not installed OS

I have an external NewerTech Voyager Q, connected with Firewire. In it I have my old internal HD. I used to have OS X Snow Leopard on it, so it's correctly formatted and bootable but it would never ...
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iPhone 5 stuck at Apple boot logo after screen replacement

My girlfriend smashed her iPhone screen. Being technically competent and after looking at YouTube videos of how to fix it I thought I would give it a go. After replacing the screen and moving the ...
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MacBook Pro wont boot: Stuck on Grey Screen

So, I've done all the typical checks, including putting the Macbook in target disk mode and wiping and resinstalling OS via my other computer. I know the drive is functioning - I can boot my desktop ...
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How to run OS X from DVD or USB stick?

I would like to have a safe "Linux-like start/boot from DVD or USB stick" environment. How to do such security thing for the latest OS X (10.9 Mavericks)?
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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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Gray screen immediately upon boot. Cannot enter into safe mode, and cannot show boot loader with the Alt key.

How the problem came to be: I wanted to dual boot Debian on my MacBook Pro 8,1. I got my USB ready, downloaded ISO, and installed rEFInd. I restarted to make sure the new boot manager worked. It ...
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Unable to boot into ElementaryOS on MacBook after PRAM reset

I installed ElementaryOS on a separate partition of my HDD. Not sure what happened but the audio in OSX stopped working after the installation. After trying everything else, I found resetting the ...
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Freeze on boot after installing Yosemite

Sorry for the writing style but I am typing from my smartphone now. My MacBook pro on Mavericks worked like a charm but crazy as I am I decided to install Yosemite without any backup as I am lacking ...
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Fixing a Windows partition boot using OS X tools

I've got a triple boot system on my Early 2013 Mac Book Pro: OS X, Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I'm using rEFInd as my boot manager. My Windows install boots using legacy BIOS boot, and OS X and Ubuntu boot ...
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Brand new Macbook Pro no longer working — can't reinstall, can't boot into recovery

Just got a brand new macbook pro w/ retina for my gf about 2 weeks ago. She's been on the laptop about 4-5 times. The last time she tried getting on it, she kept logging in and getting to a screen ...
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Clock problems with dual boot mac system:- 10.6 and 10.8

I have a dual boot mac pro 3,1 : one hard drive with Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and one with Mountain Lion (10.8.?). When I boot up with Mountain Lion it unfailingly resets the clock to about 4 am. 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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what does it mean if my macbook loaded in safe mode?

My MacBook just booted in safe mode. Is it possible that somehow I made it to do so, or can it automatically load in case of a malfunctioning? What does it mean if it did so automatically?
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Cannot repair disk0s2 with mavericks utility disk on a SSD

I was trying to repair a corrupted partition (OSX Mavericks) the mac doesn't boot anymore (grey apple logo with infinty spinning gear). I've just tried with safe mode, PRAM restor etc... And the ...
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MacBook Pro not booting after update to Mavericks

I installed Mavericks (upgrading from Mountain Lion) on my MacBook Pro (from early 2011) and the install seemed to go fine. However, this morning while I was working on PowerPoint, it switched off ...
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How to use an external disk to boot to Windows?

I want to be able to boot into windows. I only have 256GB on my Mac, and my current windows C: drive has over 112 GB in it used. So I would like to keep the on-board SDD free for OS X. Is it possible ...
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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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MacBook Pro does not boot after upgrade problem [closed]

I tried to upgrade my MacBook Pro from Mavericks to Yosemite (Developer Version.) The setup was ok, nothing wrong, but when I tried to install the Preview 8, it stopped responding right in the end of ...
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MacBookPro10,1 had problems booting, now some system images are pink and fuzzy

A friend just recently bought a MacBookPro10,1 (MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012) off of craigslist, it all checked out and worked fine until we erased the hard drive and reinstalled Mavericks ...
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Mouse disconnected after booting

Everytime I boot up my iMac (OS X 10.9.3) it doesn't find my mouse. If I unplug the mouse and reconnect it after around 20 seconds, it works. It's an USB mouse. Every other USB device works fine. I ...
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Where does the OS X routing table come from?

Trying to find out where the initial routing configuration for OS X is stored (plist, or wherever), and what happens at startup to read that configuration and configure the network interface(s).
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Flashing Folder on Mac Pro 1,1 after trying to Bootcamp

So I bought a Mac 1,1 and it runs great, until I tried to bootcamp it the other day with an old windows HDD i had. I downloaded windows, and tried to bootcamp it and now it will not boot the Mac HDD, ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Macbook Pro 15 progression bar halts then circle spins

We have a Macbook Pro 15 Last 2011. The computer starts to boot, it shows the progression bar, then it disappears and the circle just spins. I have tried safe mode and it just spins. I just ran ...
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Mac alternative boot loader for booting legacy OS from USB

I am trying to install Windows 7 on my MacBook as a dual boot setup. I have a MacBook 7,1 running Mavericks. I have replaced the DVD drive with a SSD (now have 2 internal drives) so cannot use a ...