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

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SSD w/ brand new clean in stall of Yosemite fails to boot

I've just installed a new version of Yosemite on a third party SSD (Crucial). When I boot it up it hangs on a gray screen. Steps that got me here: Connect SSD to Macbook Pro (with existing HD) ...
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Can't boot after graphic error

Specs: MBP 15-in late 2011 running Yosemite 10.10.3 Background I have an external monitor that I've been using for about a year, but recently the Thunderbolt-to-HDMI adapter I have has been giving ...
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Macbook pro 2010 lost power, now wont boot

Trying to help a friend avoid the high fees at the Apple Store. He has a 2010 Macbook Pro, and a few days ago he had it off the power connection, and it lost battery power. It shut down, and when he ...
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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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Unable to use gpt to restore efi partition

I accidentally deleted my efi partition, which I now know is bad news bears. I found a guide here to restore it without losing data, but even though I'm booting from usb and have unmounted all ...
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Macbook Air 2008 won't boot after error message asking to shut down due to low battery

Yesterday my Macbook Air (original), model: a1237 flashed an error message asking the user to shutdown due to low battery. Since it was not me, but my brother who was operating the macbook at that ...
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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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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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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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2008 MacBook (A1181) won't boot from battery

I have a 2008 13" (2.4GHz) white MacBook that will only boot from mains power. If you attempt to boot from the battery it's as if it's not even connected. Once you get even past the initial startup ...
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Black screen every boot

I have a new 2014 MacBook pro. Since some days, I get a black screen for every boot. So I always pressed 'cmd + option + r + p' when the booting sounds comes and it works again. Any idea how I can ...
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2008 MacBook Air Can't Boot OS X Snow Leopard USB Install Drive

I have a 2008 MacBook Air (MB003LL/A / MacBookAir1,1 / A1237 / 2142), and I am trying to reformat it with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, using the retail install DVD image snowleopard_10a432_userdvd.dmg ...
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Dual-Boot Win7 and Apple?

First off, I have no idea what Apple calls their OS. I only use their iOS devices and I tried to avoid their computer OS as best as possible, however, I'm getting started in developing iOS apps. I ...
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Can't boot normal or from recovery HD

Yesterday my MacBook Pro 15" Retina stopped booting. I see the Apple logo and a progress bar which gets stuck at about 10%. What I tried so far: Booting in recovery mode - same, progress bar stuck ...
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Macbook Pro not starting after multiple drops.

I've found a 'cheap' Macbook Pro mid 2012 13" laptop for sale on eBay and it would seem to be a great bargain if I were to get it. Even with all the repair costs, about half the price of a fully ...
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Can't Boot from Snow Leopard anymore after having installed mavericks on an external HDD

I have a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6. I wanted to test how mavericks works on my computer so I downloaded the OS and then I installed on a external USB HDD. Everything work as expected. I can ...
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Prohibitory sign on Mac startup running Yosemite

I used disk utility today on my MacBook Pro running Yosemite to create a bootable USB. I don't recall touching the hard drive of my MacBook Pro at all. After I finished the process, I went onto Google ...
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Booting from another mac's hard drive

My Macbook recently developed a video card problem, and I got another Macbook, both running Yosemite (though perhaps different subversions). I got my old hard drive out and connected it to my new ...
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What is wrong with my mac?

Suddenly today my good old MacBook pro from 2012 won't start. I get the gray screen of death. I have tried safe boot, recovery boot and Internet recovery boot and it all results in a static gray ...
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Spotlight indexing every time system restart or boot

Every time I restart or boot my Macbook Pro 2015 running Yosemite 10.10.4 bought yesterday. Please help is this normal behavior for a newly bought Macbook Pro 2015 model to do? P.S. I don't have any ...
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Boot stuck at Prohibitory screen

I'm using Macbook Pro 2012 running Mac OS X 10.10.3 and earlier today, I was trying to install Linux on a USB drive through Terminal. I first converted the format with this: hdiutil convert -format ...
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MacBook Pro won't start up

This is a 15" 2010 model that came with OS X 10.6 and now has 10.10 installed. After turning the computer on I can hear the startup chime and the power adapter indicator light lights up. The Apple ...
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How can I get Windows to install in Legacy (BIOS) boot on my mid-2012 MBP

I've got a 13" mid-2012 MBP running OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite. I've recently repaved it with a fresh install and now I'm getting round to Bootcamp`ing it. I've installed Windows 8.1 in EFI boot mode and ...
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Hard Drive Change SSD - Macbook Pro

My Macbook was slow, and then i've want to make it faster, it is a Macbook Pro from 2011 or 2012, can't remember it. I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Firstly what i did, was to take out the old hard-...
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Why does my MacBook Pro (mid 2010) not boot OS X 10.9.2?

My MacBook Pro mid 2010 does not boot anymore from the HDD with installed OS X 10.9.2. I came across this solution which is clearing the NVRAM, but my Mac keeps showing the Apple logo and a spinning ...
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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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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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Disk Utility works forever at trying to repair partitions

My computer froze yesterday while I was using a browser. I restarted and never got past a plain white screen. Finally was able to boot from a different drive and ran disk utility on my main boot drive ...
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Cannot press Shift+T in OS X

Since a few days, I am not being able to press T and any other key on my Wired Apple Keyboard. Nothing happens when I press Shift and T. Keyboard shortcuts like Cmd+Shift+T don't work. Cmd+T works. ...
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Slow Internet Mac Yosemite Recovery Doom (MacBook Air, Early 2015)

Product: MacBook Air(early 2015) with OS X Yosemite. The issue is, that I happen to have my Yosemite reinstalled, so I restarted my MacBook and at the sound of the chime(startup sound of Yosemite), I ...
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Why does my USB hub hide a directly attached drive from the boot menu? (post-Filevault)

I recently enabled FileVault on both my mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro and my external USB drive containing a Carbon Copy Cloner backup. My external drive is attached directly to the MBP. I also have a ...
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MacBook Air won't start up, won't enter secure mode and repair in Disk Utility

Unfortunately some data was downloading and my Mac got stuck, so I forcefully power it off. After that, I couldn't enter the login screen, because the loading bar was stuck. I tried to enter safe ...
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Default ubuntu to boot in startup manager causes ubuntu to not work anymore

I have installed ubuntu alongside os x. I can start it by pressing the option key during startup and choose the correct disk. Everything works. Now I want to default the ubuntu disk. That works by ...
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SATA cable problem?

I have a MacBook Pro 8,2 (15 inch, early 2011) running Yosemite (with encryption enabled). I have a strange problem that seems to relate to my boot drive (Samsung 840 Pro SSD). The system runs great ...
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Why does my Mac Pro boot to black screen with third-party video card when holding Option key?

I have a Mac Pro 2012, and recently installed a new Gigabyte GTX 760 graphics/video card. I also have Windows 7 installed on this computer on my Bootcamp partition. When I attempt to start up my ...
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Gray Screen on Boot

After getting some kernel panics and failing to fix it, I decided to reinstall OS X. It now boots but gets stuck on a gray screen with the Apple logo. The odd thing is I can boot into single user ...
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2009 Macbook not booting up

I found a white plastic/ rubber 2009 Macbook in the IT Office of my school and was given permission to try to get it to be usable again. Currently, it is able to be charged with its magsafe connector ...
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iPad mini will not turn on

I can not get my iPad mini to turn on. I have tried to press the home and power button simultaneously but that doesn't work and when it is attached to the charger I hear the charge ding sound. What ...
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How to boot Linux from Mac using rEFInd

I have successfully installed rEFInd on my MacBook Pro 2015 so I can boot into Linux however I cannot seem to boot into it. Here are my issues (both with Ubuntu 64x Mac CD and Kali Linux 64x USB). ...
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iMac won't boot to internal drive, usb sticks - Apple hardware test extended fine

My iMac is being very odd. It won't boot using the internal hard drive. It chimes, starts the Yosemite progress bar and then changes and looks as if it is about to show me the login screen but then it ...
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Stop sign when booting from internal ssd, boot goes fine if the ssd is in external case

sorry for the long post and my english. I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13 which I purchased in july 2011 and it worked fine until one week ago. Since when I bought it i replaced the stock hdd with ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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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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iMac 27 inch - 2013 not booting - Black Screen

My iMac 27" will not boot up. Chime does not play and the device does not power up, and shows no white screen. Only a black screen with no boot up sounds. If I hold the power button for long enough ...
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Cannot boot to OS X using rEFInd

I have installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on my 2015 13" MBP onto another partition however it does not detect OS X. Here are my disk partitions: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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How to check which parts of a dead MacBook Pro 17" Mid 2010 work

Mac was water damaged. No start up chime. Charger shows green light dimmer than when plugged in to working Macs when plugged. Battery status button on side has no effect. Won't start in safe, target ...
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Unable to reach Startup Manager or any boot options on OSX Leopard

I have 5 year old 17" MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard that, without any warning, is suddenly unable to locate its startup disk. I've tried every possible boot key combo, but only zapping NVRAM works, ...
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os x boot volume

was hoping someone might be able to help me figure this out when i run the cmd "systemsetup -getstartupdisk" the output is "/Volumes/13/WINNT" My hard drive setup is a gpt schema with three ...
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MacBook Pro 13" 2011 not booting — question mark folder

My MacBook Pro is not booting. It only shows me a question mark folder. If I try to manually boot, it doesn't give me any options than to go into recovery. And if I go into recovery and then disk ...
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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 ...