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

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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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Unable to boot from USB Mac

I am running OS X 10.9.2 on a late 2011 Macbook Pro. I created a Windows 7 install usb using bootcamp successfully but the startup screen is not recognizing the usb on reboot. Please help. Note: I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Booting problem after Mavericks installation: BootCache.playlist: 2 No such file or directory

I have updated my MacBook Air 2011 from the App Store to Mavericks but after the installation it doesn't boot up (spinning grey ball). Safemode or a new installation didn't help and verbose mode ends ...
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Upgraded to 10.9, but it broke my Windows 8.1 Boot Camp partition!

I just got Windows 8.1 set up via Boot Camp a couple days ago, and everything was working wonderfully. Today, I upgraded my Mac to OSX v10.9, as suggested by Apple. Nobody told me it would break my ...
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How to run OS X from DVD or USB stick?

I would like to have a safe "Linux-like start/boot from DVD or USB stick" environment. How to do such security thing for the latest OS X (10.9 Mavericks)?
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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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Help needed installing OS X 10.6 on a clean iMac 8.1/early 2008

I have an iMac that has had the hard drive wiped completly clean, no partitions at all, just a blank drive, I have purchased OS X 10.6 installation DVD. I try to install OS X, the disc loads up and ...
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17" Powerbook G4 must sit for hours to boot

OS 10.4.11 1440x900 Resolution 1.67 GHz Power PC Processor 2x512 MB sticks of RAM = 1 GB total RAM I have tried several troubleshooting methods including different startup key combinations to reset ...
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What is the simplest way to dual-boot linux?

I am looking for the most straightforward way (both in initial setup and in maintenance) to set up a second partition on an OS X machine for (either) Debian or Ubuntu. I won't be running any other ...
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Lion crashes on first reboot attempt, is fine on second reboot

I'm having a weird issue with Lion on 2 different machines (2008 Mac Pro, 2011 15 inch Macbook Pro). The first machine was upgraded through several OS versions to Lion, the second came with Lion ...
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How do I unfreeze my iPod Nano 4th Gen?

tl;dr -- My iPod hangs on the boot screen (black background, silver apple logo). When I try to restore it (on both my Virtual Windows XP and on a Mac laptop), it'll restore fine, but when it reboots ...
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Trying to install Ubuntu on a Macbook with a new hard drive and no OSX

The hard drive of my Macbook failed recently. After installing a new hard drive I would like to use Ubuntu as the operating system, not Mac OS x. I burned a Ubuntu .iso to a disc and when I power up ...
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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iMac does not boot in windows 7

my iMac (iMac11,2) refuses to boot in win7. Nor from bootcamp partition, neither from win7 installation DVD. It boots without any problem into Mac OS (10.6.8), it as well boots from mac os ...
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“This version of OSX is not supported on this platform.” when booting 2012 Mac Mini with SSD drive from previous system

When trying to boot a 2012 Mac Mini (purchased from apple.com) with the SSD drive from my previous system (a 2009 MBP), I get "This version of OSX is not supported on this platform". The version of ...
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Booting internally from a harddrive that was used on a different Mac

I just bought a new Mac Mini 2012 and have just replaced the drive in it with an SSD from my old MBP. Now the Mac Mini wont boot anymore, showing a stop sign when I try (after holding alt to begin ...
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iphone restarts on password lock screen

I have a jailbroken iPhone 4 with iOS 6.0.1. If somehow it gets shut down, I can't boot tethered. Can't use "Just Boot" in Redsn0w, because the phone needs to be shut down, but I can't make the "slide ...
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iMac hanging on startup

I've got a 2011, 21.5" iMac with a 1TB hard drive (likely Seagate, although I don't think I can check right now). After it froze, I did a cold restart by holding down the power button for a few ...
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Disable boot from CD/DVD

Is there a way to disable the boot from CD/DVD? I don't want to disable it permanently, just when it automatically checks on boot for the presence of a CD/DVD.
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Boot time on Mountain Lion

I have my MacPro Quad and upgraded to Mountain Lion. I have cloned the system hard disk to bootable external HD. I have tried it and works fine. Now when I have put the external HD in the BAY I to ...
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iMac 2011 spinning beach ball after login

the following is the HW profile of my iMac: Hardware Overview: Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac12,1 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz ...
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Regular Boot System Unresponsive

My computer was working fine until last night when I restarted. When the computer booted up and I logged into my account, I suddenly got the beachball whenever I tried to open an application. For ...
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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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SSD only boots from USB adapter

I would like to know if anyone has an idea or suggestion to what's happening on my SSD. I was using Lion on my Vertex 3 SSD 240GB - MacBook Pro (early 2011 model) and everything was running well ...
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iPhone won't charge anymore in infinite boot-loop [closed]

NOTE: I know this is a lot of text to handle, but I'll add a bounty whenever I can to the person who can bring me the solution. So see is as a motivation to read the whole text :) My friend has the ...
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Restoring a Boot Camp image with Windows 7 and making it bootable?

I have an image of Boot Camp with Windows 7, which was created by Carbon Copy Cleaner. I didn't realize that the image wasn't bootable until I had already deleted the partition. I'd like to restore ...
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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 Pro Mid 2009 does not boot without resetting system management control (SMC)

Today i started my macbook pro and after some seconds it stopped working (just turned). I was not able to start it again. After some apple support search I found a page that described how to reset the ...
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Lion hangs on boot with empty progress bar and then switches off

Today as I was working on my MacBook Pro, it became incredibly slow and almost impossible to work with. I spent five minutes trying to restart it from the system menu, and eventually I did. It took ...
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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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Yosemite boot times

I have a brand new iMac 3.5GHz i5 with 8GB of RAM with a non SSD drive. When I boot Yosemite it takes 52 seconds from the gong to the desktop, most of which is spent with the progress bar. This seems ...
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Ejecting CD from Mac after fresh install?

I just installed Lion on a Mac Mini, and I can't get the CD to eject. Currently, the computer boots up to the "Welcome" screen for new installs, where the Country/Region is selected. I want to leave ...
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Mac runs same vm. Cannot exit

I have inherited some Mac-based machine, but when I power it on - virtual machine with Windows XP starts. I cannot figure, how to exit this mode or restore Mac to factory defaults. I tried booting ...
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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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Macbook Pro not Starting

I have a MacBook Pro and from the last week I have been unable to turn the machine on properly. First it displays the Apple logo and shows this message I've done a lot of research and tried things ...
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MacBookPro stopped booting what should I try?

My 2008 MacBook Pro suddenly stopped booting the other day and now the screen looks like this each time it attempts to boot: The boot time sound still happens, but I just see the dodgy pink with the ...
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How to install Snow Leopard from USB where USB disk is prepared using Linux?

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard (a retail version) into my MacBook, but seems like that the MacBook can't find the boot disk over USB. I guess this is related to the fact that I mounted the .iso ...
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Is there a way to burn a Lion installation DVD-R from a new Mac mini or Macbook Pro?

I got a new Mac mini and Macbook Pro, and hope to burn a Lion installation DVD-R if it needs to be used in the future. But I searched for any file greater than 1GB on the hard drive and didn't find ...
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After updating to Lion, can't re-install Snow Leopard or Lion

Here is my situation: I have a 2010 iMac that came with a Snow Leopard disc, which I installed. Then, when Lion was released, I upgraded to it. However, yesterday, I had to erase my entire HDD ...
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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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How do I repartition my Mac to get rid of my dual boot setup?

I setup dual boot on my Mac (with Ubuntu) and want to get rid of it. The Disk Util GUI shows me: However attempting to remove the disk0s4 or disk0s5 partitions results in: Could not unmount ...