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

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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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Can't change startup disk iMac

Here is my situation: I've only the mouse paired with my iMac because I rent the keyboard to a friend. Unfortunately the startup disk is set to a fallacious Windows partition that don't want to boot. ...
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USB Boot iMac 4,1

I have a Fat32 USB that I would like to boot on my iMac 4,1. The Mac does not recognize the device from the boot menu (option key on boot) and I have tried the Plop disk but it freezes when it says ...
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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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Is it possible to make a bootable USB stick for a Macbook Pro to do firmware update?

I know there are some possible duplicates. But the questions are not solved. Such as: Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB I am trying to upgrade the firmware of my SSD (crucial m500) ...
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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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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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Why would a macbook running OS X 10.7.5 boot up on its own at the same time every night?

The macbook was turned of around 10:22PM. At 12:00:09 sharp it boots up on its own. This happens every night even though the user turns off the machine at around 10PM every night. Why would this ...
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Is it safe to reformat drive during Recovery Mode install?

I've inherited an almost brand new 13" Macbook Pro Retina. I'd like wipe the hard drive clean and start with a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I've done this a million times before... but never while ...
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Mountain Lion no login field after booting

My 2012 MBA (no bootcamp) just shows a bare splash screen without user avatar nor password field after booting. Now I've seen this problem twice, I can type my password and then hit return on keyboard ...
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Accesing files with Mac not booting

Is it possible, say with Lion recovery partition or any other way, to access individual files on the hard drive to copy them before reformatting it to do a clean install? It is not possible to boot ...
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Lion won't start after EFI update

I installed the new EFI update for my MBA Mid 2011 (the software updater said it is recomended). The update went fine and restarted the mac afterwards. Then while booting the apple logo turns into a ...
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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 to boot my mac mini up when my iPod Touch is near?

What I'm trying to achieve is if I'm near my mac mini (10 meters) I want to press a button (or something else) on my ipod touch and than my mac mini should boot up. How could I make that? There's a ...
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mac: /usr/sbin/diskutil verifyPermissions / hangs in single-user mode

I'm trying to repair my sister's iMac using single-user mode. Since a recent power outage (no surge protector) it won't boot. I used verbose mode to see where it was hanging ("mDNSResponder: adding ...
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Bootcamp load at startup with VMware

I have bootcamp loaded with Windows and would like it to boot and login at startup through VMware Fusion instead of starting manually after OSX 10.6.7 loads. Any ideas on how this functionality can ...
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Boot 2010 iMac from 2007 MacBook Pro's drive?

I am considering purchasing a 2010 27" iMac to replace my 2007 MacBook Pro as my everyday development machine. Ideally, I would like to work on the iMac when I am in my home office and work on the ...
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Yosemite keeps restarting or going into grey screen

I have an iMac from 2011 and I have installed Yosemite as soon as it was released, without any issues before this one. Here is what happened: it has suddenly shut itself off, after turning it on, it ...
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Yosemite freeze at boot - no safe boot + I/O error

Yesterday everything was fine but today my macbook freeze/stuck during the boot. I've done this: check + repair permission (nothing changed) check + repair disk (nothing changed) tried safemode ...
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Shell script to boot OSX in recovery mode and execute another shellscript

I'm working at a University and we are restoring our Macs using Apples ars which works great. The process is to manually go to the computer - reboot it in recovery mode and then run the ars command to ...
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Yosemite Grey Screen with 3d Party SSD not a trim issue

I have a MacBook 7,1 which i recently installed a PNY 250 SSD and added some RAM. The laptop was running awesome with OSX 10.6.8, lightning fast. Then I installed Yosemite. There was a bit of hang ...
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Booting from Windows USB Key Overwrote EFI - Mac No Longer Boots

I'm using a macbook pro running Yosemite. I was trying to create installation media to install linux on an SD card, and I used a USB key that had a bootable windows installation on it. I thought I had ...
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Booting an iMac using a Macbook Pro's internal disk

Suppose I have an iMac and a Macbook Pro. My Macbook Pro is my primary workstation, and when I switch to the iMac I would like my environment to be exactly the same in order to facilitate switching ...
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Where does the OS X routing table come from?

Trying to find out where the initial routing configuration for OS X is stored (plist, or wherever), and what happens at startup to read that configuration and configure the network interface(s).
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Macbook Pro 15 progression bar halts then circle spins

We have a Macbook Pro 15 Last 2011. The computer starts to boot, it shows the progression bar, then it disappears and the circle just spins. I have tried safe mode and it just spins. I just ran ...
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How to exit Recovery Mode on jailbroken iPhone

What I've searched so far says that my iPhone had goes to Recovery-Mode (Am I right?) because it stuck on Apple Logo and won't start. What I've tried so far : What is Soft DFU mode, and how do I ...
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If I mess up the EFI System Partition, will Mac OS X be unbootable?

I forgot to make a backup of my EFI System Partition (ESP) and have installed grub onto it. If I happen to accidentally mess up the partition, will OS X be bootable? If not, how would I restore the ...
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MacBook Pro doesnt boot after systemupdate / repairing volume doesnt work

i have a problem with my MacBook Pro. I installed a Systemupdate, reboot and then i had a loading screen which loads a long time. Then i started the mac in verbose mode and there is... hfs: mounted ...
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Apple infinite load. I/O error and even a new HD

My mac mini from the 2011 refused to boot. Apple logo and loading image forever.. I tried cmd+s: Went through all the steps from the applejack, tried fsck -fy, all semmed pok, Tried cmd+v: It ...
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How to copy my Mountain Lion system to another drive?

I'm considering upgrading at long last to Mavericks, but need to feel confident that all my apps & workflows will work properly before committing 100%. I boot off of an external Thunderbolt SSD ...
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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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iPhone 5 stuck at Apple boot logo after screen replacement

My girlfriend smashed her iPhone screen. Being technically competent and after looking at YouTube videos of how to fix it I thought I would give it a go. After replacing the screen and moving the ...
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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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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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Preventing booting from external media

Is it possible to set up Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on a MacBook Air so that users cannot boot from external media (e.g. a USB memory stick) and cannot restore the OS from the internal restore ...
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Mac Book Air mid-2012 completely disappeared disk

I've tried to wake up my Mac Book Air from sleep today, but I got a black screen. After waiting 10 min, I decided to shut it off by holding the power button a few sec. After restarting, I had a ...
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What available methods are there to boot a Macbook Pro

I have a macbook pro 15" early 2011 model, which I would like to install linux on (dual boot setup). However, I don't have an optical drive for it since I replaced it with an SSD. I need some way to ...
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Fix slow startup after utility disk repair on a SSD

I have a 250Gb Samsung SSD 840 series with Trim support enabled installed on a mid-2009 13" Macbook pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.8, 2.26GHz, 8Gb of RAM) and I experience extremely slow startup after ...
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MacBook Pro only stays on for less than a minute

This morning when I woke up my computer it turned off itself. Now it won't stay on for more than a couple minutes. The computer will boot up normally, but soon it turns off again. When it turns off, I ...
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MacBook Pro (2011) bricked after firmware 1.7 update

I allowed AppStore to apply the newest firmware update to my MacBook Pro, which seemed to work fine, until the final restart. At this point, the machine just shut down. I waited for quite a while, ...
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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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Will upgrading to Mountain Lion allow USB Boot?

One problem I have with my 2009 MBP running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard is that I can't boot from USB (well, I can, but only OS X in certain formats). I would really like to be able to boot linux from USB at ...
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Why does it take so long to boot and shut down my MacBook Air?

It takes about 90 seconds to boot and shut down my MacBook Air. I have got it this year. I have checked numerous things on the Internet but they don't help at all. What do I do?
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Successful jailbroken iPhone ran out of battery and stuck in constant reboot with worn sleep/wake button

I successfully jailbroke my iPhone 3GS 5.1.1 untethered using Absinthe. I had been using the phone for a handful of days. Last night however the phone ran out of battery. A few hours later, I ...
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Unable to boot into 10.4 installation disc

I'm attempting to fix my friends old iMac G5 running OSX 10.4. There are a bunch of updates she needs, but she doesn't know her admin password. I'm attempting to reset it with her 10.4 install disc, ...
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How can I boot a 2012 Mac Mini off of a USB thumbdrive with CentOS on it?

I have a 2012 Mac Mini running OS X 10.7.3. On another PC, I have created a USB boot disc with CentOS 6.2 on it. The goal was to install CentOS onto the Mini. The USB drive is MBR partitioned and ...
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Why can I boot into the recovery partition without entering a password even though I have FileVault 2 with full-disk-encryption enabled?

Apple has released this support document for FileVault 2 in Lion which says: FileVault 2 uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption to help keep your data secure. With FileVault 2 you can encrypt the ...
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Slow boot OS Lion on Macbook Pro

I have macbook pro 15.4 2011 (Core i7, 4gb, 500HDD), Lion is running on it. The annoying thing is that the boot time is too much, it takes roughly 70 to 120 seconds for machine to boot and display ...
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Used boot camp for windows - cannot select partition at boot up

I'm used boot camp and created a partition for windows. It gave the usual directions to insert windows CD. I did that and follows the installation instructions. When windows started up I inserted the ...