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

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Cannot access vital boot options on Mac Pro with OS X Lion

I have this used Mac Pro (mid-2010) that I recently bought, that came with OS X Lion installed. It was apparently installed from an image because there are a lot of installed apps and, though there is ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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Installing El Capitan from a bootable DVD

I have El Capitan on a bootable DVD. I restart my Mac and hold the option key until the disks come up and I choose EFI Boot (name of the disk is different than what it shows at the time of booting). ...
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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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“You restarted/Computer restarted because of a problem” on wakeup, Evernote?

For the last few days I've been getting scared because of these messages that appear very frequently on wakeup, and almost always when I wakeup after a long duration. Sometimes it says "you restarted ...
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Bootcamp cannot find both systems at startup

Something strange happened: I closed my macbook pro while using windows 10 When I opened it again it didn't wake up for a while so I forced it to shut down by pressing the power button for 10 ...
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How to check if secure boot is enabled in OS X?

I got this question is secure boot enabled? but I do not know how to check it in my Macbook Air 2013-mid with El Capitan 10.11.4. How to check if security boot is enabled in OS X?
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Mac OSX EFI problems, urgent help needed!

So, I recently did an update on OSX, booted my computer up and I discovered that I the update replaced my EFI boot rom and the SMC with the incorrect SMC, so now I can't use my battery and the ...
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iMac 24" 2.16 ghz core2duo

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard but iMac won't boot from the install disk. I've also tried booting from a flash drive with Snow Leopard Install on it with no luck. It also will not boot from the ...
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cannot boot. volume disappeared from boot option after Disk Utility (GUI) repair

I have a 13-inch MBP with the latest OS X version. Problem Yesterday, I went to the Recovery Mode and performed Repair on my boot volume. I was not having a problem, but I just wanted to verify and ...
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Resetting MBR on iMac

I installed Ubuntu on my iMac (partially successfully) I had rEFIT installed but it did not recognize the Ubuntu installation. I removed the partition and rEFIT and now when I attempt to install ...
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iPad mini won't boot

My iPad Mini's battery was drained and I tried to charge it. When I came back I tried to open it but neither the apple logo and charging sign appeared. I tried to press and hold the home and reset ...
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iMac A1208 - Mac OS X 10.4 Install Problem

I'm a French user and I have a iMac from 2006/2007. I have changed the logic board. It's ok, but i want to do a fresh install of OS, (10.4), but the optical disk is KO. I have the official CD (but it ...
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MacBook Pro stuck in gray screen when booting

I've got a Late-2011 15" MacBook Pro stuck in the gray screen when booting AFTER login. I've tried removing the drive (it's non-retina) and booting from a working bootable Yosemite installer, no luck. ...
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MacBook Pro (2006, A1150) fails to boot

My MacBook Pro (2006, model A1150) fails to boot beyond the white screen AFTER the screen with the Apple logo and spinner. I have tried: Resetting PRAM (doesn't work) Resetting SMC (how can ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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How to get rid of the boot gong sound without OS X Installed?

If you google it, there are tons of solution with writing to NVRAM from OS X Terminal, but on my MacBook Air I deleted OS X in favor of Windows. Edit: I already got the tip here to start the Apple ...
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Can't boot into OS X Recovery Mode

I would like to I've recently installed Debian Linux on my Macbook, which required repartitioning the hard drive. I now can't boot into Recovery Mode. Holding down Command+R on boot brings up ...
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Is it possible and relatively easy to boot a 2013 MacBook Air from an external drive?

Given a MacBook Air that's working but with dead display and SSD, can I use it as a desktop-only machine with an external monitor and external hard drive? The guy at the Apple Store Genius Bar this ...
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OSX Yosemite bootable usb drive circle slash (“no” symbol)

I have a Late-2011 Macbook Pro (4GB RAM) that has been running slow for several OSX cycles, and since Mavericks it's been unbearable (spinning beachballs whenever you do anything). I tried upgrading ...
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Run nrpe on boot w/o a logged in user

Running a Mac mini with server app. (El Capitan 10.11.4 & Server.app 5.1) Installed Xcode, brew, and nrpe via brew. Works fine as such. It's not sensible to have to remote desktop to it and log ...
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Unusually long boot time in non-verbose mode - early 2008 MBP + SSD + Mavericks

Inside my early 2008 MBP (15", C2D 2.4, 4GB, GF8600M) I installed a used Samsung SSD (128GB), did a clean Mavericks install and at first startup, I restored the Applications, Desktop, Documents etc. ...
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Can't boot on OS X partition after resizing Windows partition

I initially had three bootable partitions: OS X Recovery for OS X Bootcamp (Windows 8) Now, on Windows, I decided to make my Windows partition smaller, reducing its size using the native Disk ...
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How to fix bootcamp boot after removing hybrid MBR

I've updated bootcamp to Windows 10 which should support GPT with protective MBR without any hybrid tricks. I have 6 partitions on disk0 so hybrid MBR is also inconsistent with GPT and it's somewhat ...
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Can not boot MacBook Pro 2011

I have a MacBook 2011 running OS X 10.11.5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Drive. Today when I am restarting my computer, I accidentally pressed Cmd+R while booting. Now I try and restart my computer, it shows ...
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Bootcamp: How do you reboot from Windows to Windows via script in OSX El Capitan?

I'm asking this because I think it would be incredibly useful to myself and other Bootcamp users. I currently have my default boot drive set to restart to my Mac partition and already have a script ...
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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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What would it take to make an iPad support multiple user accounts?

As a mobile computer, the iPad is very personal, but it also begs to be shared. And that's a problem. I don't want my friends to be able to check my emails or delete my high score when they play with ...
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I can't boot into Windows 7 on Boot Camp

I have a mid-2009 MBP. A couple of years ago I swapped out the optical drive for an SSD, made the original hard drive a Boot Camp partition and installed Windows 7 on it. It has been a brilliant "best ...
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How to boot up Mac OS onto a Windows computer

I have been attempting to boot a Mac computer's OS onto my Windows computer for a while now and I just want to know if it is even possible before I continue my hunt. I have booted other OS's onto my ...
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Error Installing OS X El Capitan on Early 2008 Mac Pro from USB

I am trying to install OS X El Capitan on an early 2008 Mac Pro. I wiped the hard drive on the Mac and followed this tutorial to create a USB boot drive with El Capitan using a Macbook Air running El ...
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Not enough storage for El Capitan; no way to free up space

I wanted to upgrade my Macbook 2008 from Yosemite to El Capitan. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it and restarted my computer, on the "select the disk on which to install" page the only location, ...
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Boot Camp makes unbootable USB drive

I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows 10 install disk. However, the disk is not bootable. I am confused as to why Boot Camp Assistant would make an install disk not bootable. Can someone ...
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Vertical green stripes when iMac starts to boot up

An iMac has 5 green vertical bars/stripes that appear on the screen as soon the system starts booting. The OS is Yosemite (10.10.?) When I try to boot the computer normally, safe boot, or ...
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Create a bootable USB with Windows installer for Yosemite?

I'm having trouble creating a bootable USB for my mac. I have an iMac, and I'm wanting to install a copy of Windows Server 2008 x86 onto it. I've tried BootCamp, but I'm getting errors when selecting ...
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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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Mac Pro: Kernel panic during HDD boot and DVD boot

I have a 2007 Mac Pro (OS X Tiger 10.4.11) that cannot boot up anymore since a few days. I see the grey screen with the apple logo and the rotating circle. After a minute or so I get a kernel panic. ...
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OS X install USB key not detected

I've trying to reinstall a clean OS X Yosemite on a MacBook Pro (Mid 2013 model) for the past few days but had no success. I created a bootable USB drive using createmediainstall (as mentioned in: ...
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Mac Pro hangs at startup showing white screen with spinning pie wheel

MacPro 1,1; lion? startup hard drive failed (with loud buzzing). Removed bad drive, installed replacement, inserted Lion USB drive, verified new drive using the Lion usb drive, started installation ...
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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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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 Pro hangs when booting into Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15" 10.7.4 with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. A few days ago, I tried to boot into Windows 7 and it just froze after I selected the Boot Camp volume on the Select Drive ...
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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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Using the -Bless Command on Multiboot Macs with 10.11 El Capitan

As part of our standard deployment, we tend to deploy multiple OSs on Macs, from 10.7 to 10.11. However, with the new SIP (System Integrity Protection), the -bless command no longer works properly. I ...
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Creating a bootable Linux distro compatible with Mac OS X [duplicate]

I have downloaded the appropriate Linux distro (in this case Fedora Xfce Live) and I have partitioned the USB with Disk Utility and attempted copying both the Fedora iso, and a Fedora iso converted to ...
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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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Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices

So I have a 2010 15" macbook pro (MBP6,1) and I replaced the optical drive with a hard disk. I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard disk with boot camp with a USB and ISO image. After searching I ...
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Stuck in update boot (not enough disk space)

I'm currently having a Macbook Air 120GB SSD where I tried to update the OSX to El Capitan. Very first it did not want to update due to lack of disk space. After I cleared up some photos so it had ...
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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 ...