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

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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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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 ...
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iPad stuck in boot up loop. 4013 error after multiple restore attempts

After speaking with Apple's tech support, and having them perform a data capture on my machine, I sit stuck with an iPad that won't boot up. I've attempted all trouble shooting listed here. I've ...
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Problem after cloning a Mac with dual boot

I bought an SSD to upgrade my MacBookPro (late 2011) and have cloned the HDD with CloneZilla. I have dual boot with OS X Yosemite and Windows 7 Pro. However, now on the SSD, I can't boot into the ...
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Blinking folder icon - safeboot, recovery hd does not work

When I try to start my MBP early 2011 with Mavericks OS installed I get a blinking folder icon. SMC reset, PRAM reset did not resolve the issue. The MBP does not boot into the safe mode too. When I ...
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How to boot OS X with network devices in promiscuous mode?

As OSX no longer allows ifconfig en0 promisc and sees that as a bad value and does not set the device flag, what other options are there? I'd like to be able to boot and have both my Airport/WiFi as ...
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Interpreting Mac logs: was this computer booted up normally?

**UPDATE: Log shows a normal boot up to login screen. Was confused because I was comparing it to a log of a firevault protected computer BOOT LOGS SHOWN BELOW: Mar 29 15:41:55 localhost bootlog[0]: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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MacPro: Flashing world logo, can't go into any mode, incorrect password types itself

When I turned on my mac this morning, the world logo flashed and then took ages to boot up and finally when my logon screen came up. An extremely long password started typing itself out. I deleted ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another ...
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Need to clean install Yosemite without knowing or resetting password

I have a laptop that I would like to get in working order. There are 2 main issues: I forgot the password. When I boot the laptop, I am seeing the flashing folder with a question mark which ...
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Macbook Pro 8,1 hanging on startup

I have a macbook pro 8,1 that is having issues starting up. When I first turn it on, there is a small grey loading bar beneath the apple logo and loading circle. After the loading bar is ~20% done, it ...
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Mac Mini and Wide (21:9) Monitor / Display Port Issue

When I boot up my Mac Mini after moving it from my office at work where it worked with my wide (21:9) monitor to my house, when I boot it the display does not show up on the monitor anymore. Waits ...
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Apple Macbook MB467LL/A gray screen no apple logo HELP please

New to the site, and I am having a little problem. My wife's Macbook has me stumped. It was working fine, (running Mavericks) and then just powered off. On powering back on we are now treated to a ...
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MacBook Pro hangs up at the grey Apple login screen

After it would hang up, the keyboard lights would stay lit indefinitely. I've tried resetting the SMC and NVRAM but they didn't work. I did a verbose startup and this was the screenshot before my ...
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MBP 15 2014 unexpectedly shuts down after startup/login

MacBook Pro 15, Mid 2014, Yosemite + Windows 7 (Bootcamp) This problem started today after waking up. Yesterday night I had no problem whatsoever with my computer. After turning it on and logging in ...
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Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011 didn't see Samsung 850 Evo SSD on boot

I'm trying to update hard drive in my Macbook to the new SSD one. Notebook model: Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011. SSD model: Samsung 850 Evo 250Gb. Then I connect SSD thought USB adapter notebook can see ...
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MacBook Air boots into wrong partition

I have two partitions created, one called "Yosemite" and the other is my default 10.6.8 partition "Macintosh HD". I successfully installed Yosemite onto the "Yosemite" partition, but when I try and ...
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Fix formatted GPT in SSD

I accidentally formatted my SSD's GPT while formatting a USB in Linux's gparted. Now, when running gpt in Mac's command line, this is how my SSD looks like: My-MacBook-Pro:~ user$ sudo gpt -r show ...
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Mac Pro 2008 Refuses to Boot

My Mac Pro 3, 1 began rebooting randomly one day and the next it wouldn't come back on. Pushing the power button results in a fan clicking in to life for half a second and then all power is lost. The ...
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How to Hide All users from fresh boot With FileVault 2

With System preferences>Users & Groups> Login options> display login window as "Name and Password" normally you need to type out the user name and password to sign in. With FileVault2, when ...
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No bootable device after failed Windows 7 installation via Bootcamp

While trying to install Windows 7 via Bootcamp on my MBP Retina today I really messed up. After getting into the drive selection in the Windows installation utility I deleted the other partitions (3 ...
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Unable to Open /var/db/BootCaches/PreheatedUser/Merged.playlist

Running Mavericks and Disc Utility and fsck report no errors. Safe Boot reports Unable to open /var/db/BootCaches/PreheatedUser/Merged.playlist. Found a tutorial (or three) recommending to enter ...
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Accidently deleted some small sized partitions when installing WIndows(Bootcamp). OSX Partition wont boot

I tried to install Windows 8 into my Mac via Bootcamp. I booted into the Windows 8 Installer and had issues formatting the drive that I partitioned for the OS. Like an idiot, I deleted all of the ...
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Internal SSD not visible

When I boot up my Macbook Air (circa Sept 2013, running Mountain Lion), I get a folder with a "?", indicating the SSD is not visible. This started when I tried installing an Office upgrade, and ...
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MacBook Pro only boots to grey Apple screen with spinning loader

My MacBook Pro boots to the hated gray screen. Things I have tried to fix this include: Booting with CMD-R (boots to a grey screen) Resetting the PRAM (boots to a grey screen) Resetting SMC (boots ...
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unable to boot my iMac

Recently, I attempted to re-install Mac OS X Lion on my 2007 iMac computer (EMC 2133), but during the installation process it got interrupted. After rebooting it just displays a blank grey screen ...
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Macbook Pro formatted with windows, now can't install OS X or Windows!

I formatted my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 with Windows, now I can't install any operating systems on it. I tried to install Windows 8.1 on my MacBook, then at the final step I received a message saying ...
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securing boot process against port access but not full physical access

Is it possible to secure a Mac Mini (2014) for use in an scenario where users have access to the ports but not full physical access to the computer's internals? I need to be able to disable cd boot, ...
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Yosemite displaying the blue and grey screen of death

I have a late model 2011 MacBook Pro, and I upgraded to Yosemite two weeks ago. Yesterday I was working in After Effects on some pretty big movie files when the laptop screen just went black. Now ...
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Firmware settings

I want to open the firmware settings. I have a Mac book Pro end 2011 and yosemite. When i press Option+Cmd+O+F while booting nothing happens, it continues to boot. What do i have to do? Background: ...
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Macbook Pro Crashing and Startup Failure

Firstly, some background information for the problem: My girlfriend's Macbook Pro had an issue that was annoying, but not fatal. Roughly once a day (but sometimes not for a few days, and sometimes ...
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What font is used to print a verbose mode boot?

When booting OS X in verbose mode (⌘V), the log is printed on screen. It seems different to the kernel font, but it might just be a smaller version of it. inverted screenshot Yosemite 10.10.1 ...
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rEFIt boot changed after update to Yosemite

I was using rEFIt to work with Ubuntu with my Mac. After the upgrade to Yosemite I had a problem with rEFIt. I found the following solution on ubuntuforums.org but rEFIt still didn't work: cd ...
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I cant see my bootable 10.9.3 usb drive on mac

I downloaded 10.9.3 dmg file (aprox. 5gb) from torrent site. Than I installed trasmac to my other windows computer and created a bootable usb with it. But when I plug this usb to my mac I could not ...
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Can VirtualBox prevent Mac OS X Yosemite to boot properly?

After a few days of good experience with Yosemite, my Macbook pro cannot boot anymore. After 30 or 40% of boot, it just restarts. Here are what I did to fix it: Booting to single-user, runnign fsck ...
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No Partition to install Yosemite to

I wanted to have a clean Yosemite installation. Therefor I deleted the existing partition to make sure a completely clean installation is made. The problem is that I cannot choose the partition to ...
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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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How to use an external disk to boot to Windows?

I want to be able to boot into windows. I only have 256GB on my Mac, and my current windows C: drive has over 112 GB in it used. So I would like to keep the on-board SDD free for OS X. Is it possible ...
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MacBook Pro does not boot after upgrade problem [closed]

I tried to upgrade my MacBook Pro from Mavericks to Yosemite (Developer Version.) The setup was ok, nothing wrong, but when I tried to install the Preview 8, it stopped responding right in the end of ...
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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 ...