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

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Windows not booting off external disc drive

I'm trying to install windows xp on Lion. This is a little bit complicated, but I was using this tutorial. I got to step 6, which is booting from the Windows XP disc. But it says "no bootable medium ...
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Pendrive bootable not showing after trying to reinstall Mavericks

I did the steps to reinstall OS X Mavericks. I created a bootable Pendrive but it doesn't show when I hold down "Option" at boot. I already erased my HD, so I'm stuck now! How can I reinstall OS X ...
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Using startup commands when the default startup disc is not OSX

I have to use a startup command (ie command - S for single user mode) when restarting my computer, but this is proving to be impossible, as the startup disc is windows by default on my computer - ...
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Boot OS X install from one Mac on another Mac

It seems I can't boot a system installed on one MacBook in another MacBook. My laptop needs a few days of servicing, so I thought it would be easiest to clone an image of my OS X install on USB ...
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Long boot and shutdown time

I own a MBP 17" model with i7, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD. It is early 2011 model. I upgraded to OS X 10.9 when it was released. Since then the boot and shutdown time has been extended greatly. What used to ...
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How to create USB Ubuntu boot disk in OS X so that it boots on *non-Apple* computer?

While this seems like a straight forward task, the few methods I've tried so far don't create a USB device that my Dell computer will recognize as a valid bootable USB drive. Here's what I've tried ...
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MacBook will read USB drives with no problem, but will not see the USB drive as boot drive

I am trying to install OS X Lion on a Macbook 4,1 which I've upgraded to 4 GB of RAM. It should support this OS, however I cannot get my Mac to see the USB drive as a bootable option. It's a SANDISK ...
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How can OS X be installed from ISO file on a Mac?

How can OS X be installed from an ISO file on a Mac? I have downloaded OS X Mountain Lion ISO file (4.42GB) as my MacBook fails to boot and I want to do a fresh installation.
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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OS X kernel panic on boot with “unable to find driver for this platform”

I updated the latest version of OS X yesterday. When I updated this it asked me to restart and displayed "unexpected error" and asked to restart again. When I restarted it the following screen showed ...
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MacBook does not list my bootable USB stick in the boot menu

I made a bootable usb stick with OSX Lion. When starting up my MacMini (which has OSX Mountain Lion installed) while holding option, the USB stick is listed and I can boot from it. But I want to use ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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Is blessing the Ubuntu partition reversible in OS X?

I'm considering using Ubuntu as a main OS. So far, I've been using it in a dual boot setup with OS X. The dual boot worked by holding the ⌥ alt key upon boot (not rEFIt). Blessing the Ubuntu ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 15 inch, Mountain Lion Booting issue

My Macbook Pro is not booting normally. I tried many options but no success. If I try to recovery mode or try to boot from USB, a blue screen appears. So I can't do fresh install. I checked hardware ...
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Apple recovery partition possibly creating problems in Ubuntu

Before reading, it may help to know I have a 13" Macbook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). Recently, the HFS+ filesystem on my OSX became corrupt and after many trials and errors, it was clear I was going ...
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Set EFI to boot Windows via (U)EFI one time

On my late 2012 Mac Mini, I have installed both Mac OS X Mavericks (with FileVault) and Windows 8.1 (natively, not via Bootcamp): /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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Boot from USB iBook G4 Power PC

I recently got an old iBook G4 (as many of you might have noticed with all of my recent questions :D) and I wanted to install Ubuntu via USB (the iso doesn't fit on a CD and the iBook doesn't read ...
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Newly-upgraded Mavericks machine hangs on startup

I just upgraded to Mavericks on my 2.8 quad desktop, and now it won't fully boot. It gets to the Apple logo, then hangs. I tried safe boot but got the same result. Where to next?
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Can I “restore” an iso image to my hdd to be bootable?

I removed my superdrive a while back but now I want to install a linux partition on my macbook. I installed rEFInd as my boot manager but now I need to boot into the arch linux iso. Normally I would ...
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My MBP will not startup properly!

I have a Macbook Pro 2008 aluminum 15-inch that runs on OSX snow leopard. Whenever I turn on my laptop, it boots up (apple logo and spinning wheel appears), and then goes into a loop of blue screens. ...
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Start a process at boot

I need dnsmasq to run at boot on Mavericks. I've got dnsmasq working fine. I've created a .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons with the following contents: <?xml version="1.0" ...
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Partition corruption, still can see files in single user mode, would like to retrieve files

The problem started after forcing the mac to shutdown. Since then, when trying to boot, it stays stuck at the grey apple with spinning wheel. I've tried a few generic things to be able to access my ...
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WD My Book for Mac External HD won't boot any more

I bought a 3T WD My Book for Mac external HD and use it with my iMac with OSX 10.8.5. I partitioned it into 5 partitions. There are three 30G partitions and two larger ones. The largest is used as a ...
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Why won't my Mac start?

I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch and something really weird happened. Earlier today it worked perfectly fine, a few hourslater I tried to turn it on and it was stuck at the startup. It has a little ...
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Cannot boot from external DVD

I have changed my internal DVD with Crucial m4 SSD and I have put the DVD in to an external case. I'm trying to update the SSD firmware and install Mavericks but I can't boot anything except MAC OS ...
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Can I boot Linux (any distro?) from USB on a MacBook Air that has no hard drive?

I've a MacBook Air that has burned out three hard drives from OWC. The original drive is gone somewhere, and it no longer makes sense to purchase a replacement. The rest of the hardware is in good ...
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Why my macbook sometimes plays a chime when booting/rebooting, sometimes it does not?

I don't observe any specific pattern of this behaviour. Strangely, sometimes when my macbook reboots/boots, it plays a chime sound. And often in other cases, no chime sound is played. So what ...
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Installation stuck at grey boot screen on Macbook Pro 4,1 (Early 2008)

I would appreciate any help you guys can give me since I would really like to upgrade my laptop to Mountain Lion. Computer: Macbook Pro 17" 4,1 (Early 2008) RAM: 4 GB RAM Hard drive: 128 SSD Hard ...
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How to create linux USB discs that do work on Apple Macs?

It seems that there are several problems releated to incompatibilities between Apple-EFI and UEFI that do prevent Apple users from easily using USB drives to install or even run other operating ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Unable to boot into anything but single user mode

Last night I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks (mid 2009 macbook pro). Everything went smoothly during the upgrade, but it resulted in an extremely long and unstable boot process. If I was ...
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Is it possible to use FileVault 2 on a non-primary boot partition? (Dual-boot setup)

To be more specific yet still brief, I'm looking to use Filevault 2's entire partition encryption, for a partition other than my primary boot partition. Ideally, I want to have 2, or in the future, ...
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Shift key damaged how to disable it at boot?

I recently spilled water on my computers keyboard, and as a result the left shift key seems to be stuck in the on position. This means that the system always boots into safe boot unless I hold down ...
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Macbook Air not waking up from Suspend/Sleep with rEFInd boot manager installed

Having installed both rEFInd 0.6.10 (updated to 0.6.11) via its install.sh and Ubuntu 13.04 on another partition I can now choose on a MacBook Air to boot either MacOS or Linux. When running MacOS ...
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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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iMac 27'' mid-2011 stuck on startup (grey screen)

Okay, so I'm having the dreaded grey screen on my iMac - precisely : i'm having it doing a normal startup i'm having it trying to boot from recovery partition i'm having it trying to boot for ...
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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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My 2011 MacBookAir boot screen does not list MBR USB flash drives anymore – Why, and how to list them again?

I have a MBR-formatted, bootable USB flash drive with GRUB. I have tested it successfully on other computers - one with BIOS and another one with UEFI. I usually boot my 2011 4,1 MacBookAir with that ...
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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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Mavericks install: “there was a problem… try reinstalling”, third time in a row

Mavericks install worked at first. I was able to enjoy Finder tabs and such. I updated Tuxera for Mac to 2013 and rebooted, then I was stuck at an endless spinner. I tried disk repair, safe mode, same ...
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Remove 2nd partition, reclaim space

If I have a dual booting computer (os x 10.7 and Linux), and would like to remove the Linux partition and return it to one single large disk running os x, how is this done? Is there risk to messing up ...
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If I update to Mavericks, will I be able to boot from USB?

running a late 2009 (5,5) Macbook Pro. I am currently unable to boot from liveUSB disks, but would really like to. I know that newer macs can do this (Macbook Air, new MBPs), but is it a hardware or a ...
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Macbook Pro won't boot into OSX (circle with line through it), but Windows works fine

When I try to boot into OSX, after 30 seconds or so the Apple symbol is replaced by a circle with a line through it. If I try single user mode, it stops at a certain point before booting entirely and ...
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Encrypted Mountain Lion is not booting, showing OS X utilities screen

My FileVault 2 encrypted OS X Mountain Lion setup is not booting, but instead showing the OS X utilities screen. I have two accounts, User1 and User2. The encryption was enabled with User2's login ...
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USB Drive with Mountain Lion Boot-Up Problem

I've tried a few ways to restore the Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg to a USB hard drive to reinstall on my Mac Mini. I've used Disk Utility Restore, Lion Disk Maker and Carbon Copy Cloner. Each method ...
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iMac Startup I/O Error Despite Successful Disk Repair

My Early 2008 iMac with OSX 10.8.5 no longer boots beyond grey screen with spinning gear. Verbose mode shows a load of I/O errors. Disk Verify/Repair run via recovery partition completes successfully, ...
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Snow Leopard installer ISO on USB flash drive

I have the setup ISO file for my Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I need to be able to boot this and install it to a USB drive (from a windows pc by booting the USB drive). I can't run it in a virtual ...
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How to enter boot menu without command key?

My Macbook air has a keyboard issue, the Z key does not work except upon startup where it becomes stuck for several seconds. This interferes with opening the boot menu on startup, because it detects ...
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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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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?