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

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Does Windows, running on latest Apple computers, see boot disk partitioned as MBR or GPT?

From my understanding, the newest apple computers boot Windows in EFI mode. Traditionally, Windows has seen the boot disk as an MBR partitioned disk. In fact, the boot disk (i.e. /dev/disk0) has aways ...
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Problems creating Yosemite USB bootable drive

I was trying to make a USB boot loader for Yosemite using this command sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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Old Mac OS X, cannot get admin access, boot safe or single-user mode, nor reinstall

I have inherited an old Mac OS X 10.5.8 + original install DVD. Model: Power Mac G4 Identifier: PowerMac3,6 Processor: PowerPC G4 (3.2) DVD: Mac OS X Leopard Install DVD Version 10.5 I'm trying to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Apple powerbook G4 17" Trying to install Linux

I believe followed the directions on how to create a bootable USB drive from the Ubuntu website. My question is how can I get my Powerbook to boot from the USB drive? I tried doing the ...
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putting windows 7 on a flash drive using bootcamp

I'm thinking of changing to a new MacBook Pro 15" (the one with an 256GB SSD), 256GB is enough for my files and OS, but I also want to have about 50GB for a Windows 7 (BootCamp) partition. So, taking ...
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2008 iMac Running OS X 10.8.2 Won't Boot

My 2008 iMac is having trouble booting—it never gets past the initial grey screen with the Apple logo and spinner. After letting it try to boot (spinner working) for upwards of 10 minutes, I'll get ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why can't I no longer boot into my MacBook Air?

My MacBook Air (Late 2011) hangs during startup at the Apple logo, and the spinning cursor freezes. I have booted into verbose mode and it hangs after the following messages: com.parellels.kext.vnic ...
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How do I boot my MacBook Air running Lion in safe mode?

I follow the instructions in http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1455 to boot in Safe Mode, but it appears something different happens with Lion. After holding the shift key when hearing the startup tone, ...