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

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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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How do I fix my SSD after installing Yosemite and Enabling TRIM? No boot & can't erase

I recently upgraded to Yosemite, enabled FileVault and foolishly enabled TRIM (had no idea it wasn't supported). Upon restart, my machine gets the grey screen with the crossed-out circle of death. ...
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How can I boot my dual-booted Mac back to OS X?

I have a MacBook Pro and run Windows XP on it too much however I cannot remember how I can open the MacBook Pro with OS X on instead of Windows XP. How can I boot back to OS X?
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Macbook boot troubleshooting

Since a system upgrade my macbook fails to boot properly: a loading bar appears, it takes about 15 minutes to get filled and then the system shuts down again. When booting in recovery mode, I tried ...
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unable to boot my Mac book after file vault 2 activation

after activation of file vault 2 I am unable to boot my computer, the apple sign turns into a prohibitory sign with a spinning circle beneath it , that spins forever. I really need the data on this ...
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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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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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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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White prohibitory sign on Startup

Have the white prohibitory sign when trying to boot up MBP Retin 13" late 2012 running Yosemite. Have tried resetting PRAM (cmd + alt + p + r) and disk utility has been to no avail so far. Have tried ...
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Bootcamp Windows 7 installation, USB is not recognized only on bootloader

I'll abstract my question. I'm using MacPro4,1 Early 2009. And I'm trying to install Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1. (I'm using Yosemite 10.10.4, and Boot Camp Assistant is 5.1.4) My Mac has 2 HDDs, ...
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Can I stop my Macbook Pro booting into Windows automatically?

I've got my Macbook Pro (early 2015) set up with Boot Camp. Normally, when I switch it on, OS X starts. But I can press Alt/Option to get the boot menu, and select Boot Camp Windows from there. Once ...
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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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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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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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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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Mac wont boot and fan runs high

My Mid 2013 macbook pro recently will no longer boot. I was using it normally (no excessive use) and then all of a sudden it just went black and shut off immediately. I can no longer boot it (I got it ...
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Changed the mod for ~/.. directory by mistake, made it 744, can't boot anymore

I ran the following command by mistake: sudo chmod 744 ~/.. and I can't boot my macbook anymore, it freezes with the brown screen and ajax-style spin. What should I do to make it work normally ...
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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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Login - Screen Flashes and Returns to Login Screen - Tried Everything Possible

I have an absurd issue which pretty much nothing seems to be able to fix - I have a 2011 Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I try logging into my main account with the correct password, the wheel ...
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FileVault and scheduled boot

After I have enabled FileVault the computer won't boot anymore at the scheduled time. Is it normal or has something gone wrong? If it is normal, are there any workarounds?
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Booting from USB to install Windows 7 on Macbook Pro, Early 2011

I used Bootcamp (5.0) to create a Windows 7 install USB. It successfully created the install USB but when I reboot the system and hold down the option-key to boot from the USB drive, the boot-loader ...
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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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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 updates,...
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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 sound)...
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MacBook Pro appears to be completely dead and the charger is showing only a very dimmed green light

After doing a suspend I wasn't able to "revive" my early 2011 MacBook Pro. MBP does not respond to: power, long-power, SMC reset or even battery test button. the charger is showing a dimmed green ...
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How can I install Debian on a PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2?

Today I started installing Debian Linux on an old Macintosh PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2. After a long time of backing up old documents I erased the whole disk. At the end I just want Debian installed,...
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Does not boot (endless spinning)

A friend of mine has forgot her password to a newly bought Macbook Pro, Lion. I've reset the password like described here by booting to single-user mode and deleting /var/db/.AppleSetupDone The Mac ...
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Is there any way to see what OS X is doing when it's booting up when no chime is played? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I see the system status during boot? I have had the hard drive in my iMac replaced and now I'm trying to restore it from my TimeMachine back up. I thought the ...
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How can I boot in “Safe Mode” with rEFIt

I would like to boot safe mode but I can't because of my rEFIt. Holding the Shift button at startup has no effect, I just get the rEFIt menu and OSX starts to boot normally. any ideas how to do it?
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2011 MacBook Pro won't turn on

Although the problem is quite common, after googling for several hours I didn't find an appropriate solution for my particular case. I got a 2011 MacBook pro with the latest OS (El Capitan) and it ...
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How to install Windows 8 on a MacBook Pro with OS X Yosemite, using Boot Camp, without a USB drive or DVD

The title covers most of my question. I am relatively new to the Mac world, and came across Boot Camp, which can dual-boot Windows, which seems pretty cool. I have read through many Boot Camp guides, ...
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Weird LCD / Boot problems on my MacBook Pro Late 2011

My Mac is a MacBook Pro Late 2011 model with the 15 inch screen. It began all with me, connecting my Nexus 5 to the Macbook. I imported some videos with iTunes (yes, iTunes popped up automatically ...
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Failed startup after 10.10. upgrade

After upgrading to 10.10.4 from 10.10.2, my Macbook Pro (late 2013) boots up to a blank screen with the mouse cursor displayed briefly every 10 seconds. Booting to safe mode and resetting the SMC or ...
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How to use Boot Camp Assistant to create a dual OS X, Ubuntu system?

I would like to use Boot Camp Assistant to partition my HD, reserving around 30 GB for Ubuntu. I would then have a dual OS X Yosemite and Ubuntu Linux system. This used to be fairly easy. Boot Camp ...
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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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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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Is there any way to not boot Finder at startup?

Is there a way in OS X to change the desktop from Finder to something else (for example KDE from Fink)? Basically, I want Finder to not boot up at startup, so no icons, no dock (but keep the menu bar)...
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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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Install Windows on MacBook Pro, without OS X

I installed Linux Mint on my 2006 MBP 15" this weekend before hearing that the system will not enter a compatible firmware mode for Linux/Windows without rEFIt or rEFInd installed first. Well, I do ...
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OSX Froze, Fails to Boot in any Configuration

In the middle of working like a charm, my MBP locked up. After a bit, I did a hard power off. Here's the timeline since then Reboot. Got to user screen just fine, logged in. Applications all started ...
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Verbose mode startup

I've been having sporadic issues where my Macbook Pro Retina hangs at startup. I started up in verbose mode and it always hangs at this message. AppleUSBMultitouchDriver::checkStatus - received ...
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Can only boot to Windows 7, no OS

Back in late 2010, when I first got my MacBook Air, I followed the instructions at http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20020513-285/install-win-7-on-macbook-air-from-a-usb-drive/ to install Windows 7 ...
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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 ...
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Install Mavericks from usb drive on new HDD

I replaced my old HDD with a new one. Also I created a bootable usb flash (8GB Toshiba) with Mavericks using DiskMaker X. I restared Mac and pressed Option key, but I see no option to boot from. I ...
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My MacBook died and won't start anymore

I have a 6 year old MacBook. It suddenly died last Sunday. When I started it the battery was charged to 100% - some minutes later it was at approximately 20%. Then the screen suddenly turned black and ...
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Boot iMac G5 17 iSight from external USB optical drive?

Is it possible to boot iMac from external USB CD-ROM?
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How to enable ssh proxy every time I resume desktop

I start ssh proxy by a command similar to the following when I login to the desktop. ssh -N awsproxy.vpc Also, I need to type this every single time I resume my desktop from sleep mode. Can you ...
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Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem

Background My friend asked me to look at her early 2011 Mac Mini with OS X 10.8.3. She said that: she installed software updates she couldn't remember which updates were installed when the Mac ...
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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 ...