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

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Computer starts up to gray screen, in recoevery mode getting "Open Error 5: Input/Output error on System/CoreServcices/ManagedClient.app/*

Computer starts up to gray screen, in recoevery mode getting "Open Error 5: Input/Output error on System/CoreServcices/ManagedClient.app/* My computer turned to sludge, and I hit the power button and ...
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Error “/dev/disk04 could not be mounted” when using NTFS-3G

I use NTFS-3G in order to let myself read and write to my external hard drive in the correct format. My Mac is also bootcamped with Windows 7 on the other side. Every time I startup my Mac I get an ...
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Showing the current boot arguments in OS X

Is there some way to know the arguments passed to xnu at boot from within the system?
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Strange Freeze on My MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHZ (A1150 / MA600LL) & No Sound After Boot

I have a MacBook Pro 15" A1150 (MA600LL) that will not boot except in safe mode. It gets almost all of the way through the boot then freezes with two vertical checkerboard lines and the trackpad-...
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Problem Installing Lion on MacBook2,1 using USB

I have a Macbook2,1 with 4GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz and Leopard 10.5.8 and I need to upgrade it to Lion. I've downloaded Lion installation dmg file and restored it to a USB disk using Disk Utility....
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How do I restore a Windows 7 DMG file to Boot Camp (and make it bootable)?

My iMac's HD died last week, and so I was unable to access OS X (I had a Time Machine backup of it though). Fortunately I was able to boot into the Recovery HD and use Disk Utility to backup Boot Camp ...
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Repair or recover drive from recovery mode

My main HDD is failing to boot. (Neither Normal, Safe mode nor Single User). I can only boot from Recovery Mode or DVD. The scenario was the following: Computer was asleep (lid down). Lifted the ...
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How to mute bootup sound? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable or get rid of the startup sound my Mac makes? I have an old MacBook Pro (pre-unibody) running OS 10.6. I am annoyed by the traditional Macintosh bootup ...
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Ejecting USB-Partitions on boot - works but not entirely

I have an USB drive with four partitions. SuperDuper uses these partitions to back up my mac. Since SuperDuper is scheduled, I have the USB drive constantly connected. But quite frankly the noise of ...
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Jailbroken iPhone stuck on boot screen

I tried to reload Cydia, which stopped working on my jailbroken iPhone 4. I downloaded "Redsnow" and "Ipsw 4.3.2", which worked, until I went to use and downloaded an app with Cydia. I did not ...
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Unable to boot up with Snow Leopard DVD

I accidentally deleted my /bin folder. My computer is now permanently stuck at the Apple screen with an infinite spinning indicator. I have: Inserted my Snow Leopard DVD Held down c - nothing Held ...
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Booting an Intel Mac to Linux from a U3 USB drive

Is it possible to boot an Intel Mac to Linux, or any non-OS X operating system, from the U3 partition of a USB drive? I know that because OS X uses EFI rather than BIOS for the boot process, the only ...
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Can I create a boot disk for 10.6 or 10.7 on a PC (to be used on a Mac?)

I have a Macbook Pro that had a hard drive failure, I've replaced the hard drive but I don't have a boot disk of any kind. I could just order a Snow Leopard DVD, but I have to wait a few days for ...
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iPhone 3GS switches off randomly after update to 5.0.1

I bought a used iPhone 3GS and the owner claims it worked fine with iOS 4.3.5. When I came home, I reset all content and settings on iPhone. Did I know that doing the reset would force me to upgrade ...
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Is there a way to automate restarting with a different boot disk?

I have Lion and Snow Leopard installed on my machine, and I switch between them all the time (I develop for compatibility on both platforms). Going into System Preferences and selecting the startup ...
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Help with kernel boot message

I recently turned on my iMac (White intel) to find it wouldn't boot. Running the boot in verbose mode I get the following message: Does anyone know what this means? Is it a hard disk error?
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Macbook (2,1) boots into blue screen and hangs

Last night, I shut down my computer. When I turned it back on, I just got the rEFIt logo (I have rEFIt installed). Usually, it takes a moment to populate the menu with a list of bootable devices, but ...
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Monitor remains grey after Apple logo during boot on Mac Pro

The Mac Pro here (2008 model) started acting up as of yesterday during booting - when I turn it on, I hear the typical sound, the Apple logo appears, it disappears.. and the monitor remains in that ...
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Mac Mini not booting issue

I'm looking for some troubleshooting ideas on my mac mini failing to boot. The machine had been working fine until 3 days ago. I purchased the mini second hand from a friend ~ 4 months ago. The ...
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Mac Mini has loud fan, won't power up

My intel-based mac mini (Model A1283, EMC 2336) refuses to boot. When I plug it in, the fan spins up very loudly, but then nothing happens when I hit the power button. I don't get a boot chime, and ...
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Mac Mini won't boot. Is it the monitor or the Mac?

I just bought an old Mac Mini to start developing for iOS. The Mac Mini has a DVI port, so I connected it to my Dell 24" display which has a DVI connection. But it appears that my Mac wont boot. I ...
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MBP not booting, but HD seems fine

My late 2009 unibody MBP won't boot. I have already booted in single user mode, ran fsck -fy until I get no errors. But when typing 'exit' or rebooting in verbose mode I see, after fsck runs: Failed ...
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HDD corruption after power cutoff

Yesterday a breaker tripped in the same room as my Mac Pro 1,1 running Yosemite (Hacked boot.efi.) All other machines powered up but this one. Attempting to mount via Target Disk Mode timed out, so I ...
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Troubleshooting: Apple booting to Prohibitory Sign

So my macbook pro (2012 Intel i5 6gb ram), has been starting up to the prohibitory sign. This sign will kinda sway back and forth between the apple symbol and the prohibitory sign. Every once in a ...
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refind : No bootable device (Mac and linux)

I just make dual boot on my macbook pro with linux fedora. when I enter linux on refind menu, it says "no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". I know this question has been ...
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Cannot boot into OS X after partitoning

I have installed Ubuntu on a Mac Mini, everything works great. I'm able to switch back and forth without any problems. After that, I used GParted in Ubuntu to resize the OS X partition. I then create ...
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Boot Windows from USB with EFI password

I've created an USB with Windows 10 from where I can boot: Restart pressing option. Select USB EFI partition. Windows starts. When EFI password is active it will be asked when booting pressing the ...
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Mac Pro 2,1 updates and firmware question:will the firmware from the older work with the newer and vice versa?

I'm pursuing an alternative boot drive so i can explore a yosemite or elcapitan environment from my old mac pro 2,1 currently in the last version of snow leopard. (with legally purchased soft ware ...
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Holding Down Control at Startup Manager (Boot Disk Selection) Screen

I noticed that when I hold the control key at the screen where you select a boot disk (the screen obtained from holding down option at startup), the straight arrow below the selected boot disk turns ...
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After login mac is stuck on progress bar

I have 15 inc Mac book pro with Mavericks installed. I can successfully on the Mac but I cannot login to my account. Upon press enter I get progress bar and after that I get grey screen then nothing ...
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Macbook Air - No Apple logo but still boots

I have been looking all day for an answer to this so I thought I would pick your brains :) Macbook Air 4,1 (Mid 2011) 11 inch, i5, 2gb RAM. After pressing the power button, I hear the Apple "chime". ...
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13'' MacBook Pro 2010 stuck at blank gray screen, no boot option working

My 13'' MacBook Pro 2010 running Yosemite suddenly stopped booting today. After I press the power button, I can hear the chime and the computer proceed to go to a blank gray screen immediately. The ...
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iMac won't open user accounts!

I have a newer (2009 I believe) iMac, running Yosemite. It powers on, the Apple logo and progress bar appear, as well as the mouse cursor, but then nothing happens, the screen just stays on and ...
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Fusion drive suddenly not bootable: “Too few free segments”, made read-only

I've dealt with a lot of disk issues over the years admining lots of different OSs, but this one is new to me... help/ideas appreciated before I give up and restore! Woke up this morning to my iMac (...
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10.11: Good Samaritan message not showing on Filevault2 unlock screen

You can set up a lock Message under System Preferences => Security & Privacy => General => Set Lock Message. This Message is stored in NVRAM. Under 10.9 Mavericks it was not only shown on ...
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Creating a bootable Windows USB drive when Bootcamp is already installed

I just upgraded to El Capitan, and am now having issues booting directly into Windows. I need a bootable Windows USB stick to repair my bootcamp partition, but I'm having a difficult time making that ...
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Bootable SD Card doesn't appear at Startup Manager

I have a bootable SD Card with Windows 10 installed, and it works fine in the most of macbook pro I have tested, but there is one in which when I press alt / option key, the SD Card doesn't appears ...
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iMac Boot Camp: No bootable device error when installing Windows 7

System: iMac (21.5 inch, Mid 2010) OS: Yosemite 10.10.5 I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a bootable USB for a Windows install (I have a Windows 7 ISO image through school) and a partition, but ...
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MacBook Pro Boots only with a pressed key

I'm having a bizarre issue with my early 2011 Macbook 15'. I grabbed it today without battery power só the first thing I diz was to plug the MagSafe adapter. Afterwards I pressed the power button. It ...
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I can't boot my iMac to Mac OS X

I have Windows (Boot Camp) installed. So I ran out of storage and thought about partitioning my Mac's part of drive. I partitioned my Mac's drive and set Windows to boot by default. Once I lost ...
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MacBook Pro (late 2013) w/ Yosemite & FileVault won't boot: LCD light only, no other activity

After lid-sleeping my machine with ~10% battery left, a few hours later, attached to AC power, it would not wake from lid-open, keypress, or short power-button-press. After doing a long-power-button-...
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Boot from usb take forever

Recently I made the stupid mistake of erasing MacBook Pro (2012) HDD without immediately installing OS X. And now it can't even boot or get to recovery utilities. So I decided to make a bootable OS X ...
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Is the boot menu (ALT on boot) black now?

I have a new MacBook Pro (mid 2015). When I boot, I saw that now the apple is white on a black background. Okay maybe Apple has updated this design. However, I find very odd the boot menu (the one ...
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iMac 2008 Core 2 Duo does not list my bootable USB stick in the boot menu?

Hi i am trying to install OS X El Capitan on iMac 2008 model Core 2 Duo processor, and 4GB Ram. The way i followed is i created a USB bootable stick and insert to mac machine and restarted the ...
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10.11 Prohibitory Symbol after Reimage or Kernel Panic on NetBoot

I apologize if this is convoluted. I've tried so many different ways of getting this to work that I'm getting them all mixed up. With the launch of Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan, we've encountered some ...
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Lost a Fusion drive boot disk

i can see my Fusion Drive disks (ssd+hdd) in Terminal: But i lost it in the boot and cant boot MAC OS. (please see album with photos on http://imgur.com/a/N5zY2 ) I cant repair my system, when i ...
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Trying to run Windows from USB on Mac, says “No bootable device found”

I am trying to run Windows 10 on my Macbook Air. I originally wanted to upgrade my SSD so that I would have enough space for a windows partition. Unfortunately, I can't do that with my model (I have a ...
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Boot iMac from Macbook

The new MacBooks are the best But their processors are pretty anemic. Not a big deal when I'm out and about, but not great for serious work. What I'd like to do: Get an iMac with decent specs, ...
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El Capitan frozen boot process

Just thinking: I have been reading a "lot" of users who's system just did not starts once it has been turned off or after a restar command. Some things in common: Virtual machines, Boot camp, multiple ...
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Early 2011 15" Macbook Pro running Windows 7, front USB port misbehaves

I have an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro on which I primarily use Bootcamp & Windows 7. The front USB port works well using OSX but under Windows, it thinks any storage device lugged into it is an ...