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

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How do I uninstall rEFIt?

I installed rEFIt in order to install boot camp via a USB key. Now that Boot Camp is installed, I no longer need rEFIt, so I'm trying to uninstall it. I followed the uninstall directions for ...
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How do I recover data from a dead MacBook Air?

Things I've tried: All of the key combinations, it does not respond to any of them. I can't boot from anything external, I tried removing the SSD which is an OWC Mercury Aura Pro 6G. It doesn't ...
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Replacing “apple hardware test” with “apple diagnostics”

According to this article, holding down the "D" key while my MacBookPro11,3 boots should bring up "Apple Diagnostics". However, "Apple Hardware Test" comes up instead. When I try to run in, it ...
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Installing Mavericks on USB pen to run on Windows PCs [closed]

How can I install Apple's Mavericks on a pen drive, that I can then plug into a windows machine and boot from it? I did that some years ago with 10.6: I installed it on a 16Gb pen drive and then I ...
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Compressed windows boot manager on dual boot Macbook and windows 7

I have never posted here before so I hope this is the right place to ask this question. So I'm helping my friend with his computer right now, I should mention that I am not a user of OS X on a ...
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Mid 2010 Macbook Pro goes into an unresponsive hibernate state for unpredictable amounts of time

When my macbook is in standby, and the battery dies it sometimes goes into an unresponsive state in which (after charging) it won't turn on. The power button has no effect, even in combination with ...
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PowerBook G4 cannot boot up and doesn't install any versions

My school IT guy tried helping me with an issue with my old PowerBook G4. I just got it from my friend because he had no use for it and he didn't know the password. I tried resetting the password and ...
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Can I boot Mac from an external hard drive (internal hard drive+hard drive closure)

Model: Macbook Pro 2010 mid OS: OS X 10.9 Hard Drive: WD5000BPKT 500GB For some reason I need to change my perfectly working internal bootable drive to external bootable drive. I took out my ...
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Efi Boot appears on BootCamp page

I'm new in this forum and I hope someone has an answer for my issue. Since yesterday my mac-book pro won't boot in Os X I have boot-camp on it If I turn on normally the apple logo, loading circle ...
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OS X Snow Leopard - Can't boot from HD, Target Mode or CD

Today my computer started getting really slow and freezing alot, so i rebooted. HOwever it won't boot up again, keeps getting stuck on the grey screen. Here's what i've tried: Startup in safe mode ...
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How can I wipe a disk from a Mac with firmware password set?

I'm in a somewhat odd situation: I need to wipe the disk of a MBP, but I can't boot into Recovery Mode/from a CD/etc. as there is a firmware password set. Is there a way to wipe the disk from within ...
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Reinstall Mac OSX on Ubuntu Macbook

Last year I installed Ubuntu on my 2006 MacBook (Intel), and erased the hard drive with MacOSX 10.5 in the process. Linux was fun, but now I want another Mac to play around with. I've put 10.8's ...
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MacBook Pro Lion crashes after a progress bar boot

Basically my MBP started giving me messages (out of nowhere) about how my Memory was too low and that I needed to shut down a few programs before continuing. In the end I was left with only Finder ...
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Mac Boot Option not Showing Base System

Whenever i hit ⌥ or ALT when I boot up my Mac only the Boot Option "Mac Hard Drive" shows. "Mac OS X Base System" or "Recovery 10.9.1" doesn't show up. Can someone help me on this? Do i need to make a ...
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Will a MacBook with its lid closed (asleep) restart at the scheduled time?

I think the title says it mostly. Will a sleeping MacBook Air with the lid closed restart automatically at the time scheduled in the energy saver pane?
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How Can I access Mac OS X Base System on Boot Screen?

Im going to try to wipe out my hard drive and reinstall Mavericks but whenever i reboot the iMac and hit the OPTION key it won't show Mac OS X Base System. Can anyone help me on this?
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Macbook pro boot with kernel panic - can't perform kext scan

I was trying to swap command and option key for my external keyboard following the instruction in http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110529094802391. When I'm done with change and I ...
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iMac is stuck in a login loop

My iMac is stuck in a login bootloop. After entering the password, I see a white screen for a second and then I am thrown back to the login screen again. I tried the same in safe mode, and it behaves ...
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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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Trouble with Memtest86 4.0a on 15" MacBook Pro

I have a 15" MacBook Pro late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) It has a 2.4Ghz Core i7 CPU and 4GB of stock RAM. I'm trying to run Memtest86 4.0a from boot (Memtest86+ does not work.) After about 5 seconds into ...
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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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Mac USB Linux boot disk

I have a 13" MacBook Pro early 2011 model. It will not boot from any Linux USB boot disks I have created. I know these disks are working on later models as I have tried with 2012 Retina 15" booting ...
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Notification area icons are sometimes invisible in Windows 7 (Boot Camp)

For some reason, sometimes my notification area icons are invisible in Windows 7 64-bit (Boot Camp, on an iMac mid-2010), as seen in this screenshot. Clicking on an invisible item does nothing. ...
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How to recover my harddrive if I can't see it in the disk utility

I have a 2007 aluminium iMac which I upgraded months ago to Mavericks. Today it locked up and I held the power button to shut it down and cannot get it to start again. I get the flashing folder ? icon ...
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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 ...