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

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How do I change permissions of folders on a hard drive from a booted USB drive

I am trying to save my files on my Hard Drive that has a crashed OS. I created a Bootable USB with Ubuntu and successfully booted. I can see my folders, but I can't actually open them because I don't ...
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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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How can I clear the kernel extension caches while using FileVault 2?

I have the same problem as this user, Air + Lion : plug in USB, keyboard/pad stop working , where the built-in keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro stop working (and drop out of the USB devices ...
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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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Macbook doesn't display on external screen until after I log in (Yosemite). How to fix?

I have a macbook pro (mid-2011) and an HP Pavilion 22bw (prob inconsequential) connected via a Thunderbolt DVI Adapter. Ever since installing Yosemite, I now need to open the macbook pro and log in ...
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How to permanently disable (defective) graphics card in MacBook Pro?

My graphics card has malfunctioned and is preventing my MacBook Pro (2011) from booting. Based on my research I will have to otherwise have the logic board replaced. The defective ATI graphics card ...
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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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Can I list netboot servers using bless?

At work I'm constantly checking people's computers and needing to netboot to different installers and OS'. Is there a way for me to use the 'bless -netboot' command and list the servers that are ...
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No bootable device found ( Install windows on Mac )

I'm owning a macbook pro 13 inch mid 2009 and a USB thumb drive Kingston DataTraveler 100G3 16 GB. I successfully installed Windows 7 on my Mac using Bootcamp ( with a little trick to enable "Creat a ...
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Boot up error prohibitory sign flashing folder with question mark

3 weeks ago my hard drive failed so I bought a new one. (Macbook pro late 2011) 5 days ago, the new one flashed prohibitory sign, flashing folder with question mark. Every once in a while I could get ...
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How do I fix my SSD after installing Yosemite and Enabling TRIM? No boot & can't erase

I recently upgraded to Yosemite, enabled FileVault and foolishly enabled TRIM (had no idea it wasn't supported). Upon restart, my machine gets the grey screen with the crossed-out circle of death. ...
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Macbook White Mid 2007 will not boot even on Mac OS X Lion bootup USB

I see the gray screen and nothing shows up for minutes on the screen not even the blinking question marked folder. Does anyone know how to get it to boot as I have a new hard drive I installed and ...
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OSX Froze, Fails to Boot in any Configuration

In the middle of working like a charm, my MBP locked up. After a bit, I did a hard power off. Here's the timeline since then Reboot. Got to user screen just fine, logged in. Applications all started ...
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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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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to archive is Create a Bootable usb drive from Windows 7 iso image using a Mac running. Use the flash drive to boot and install windows on a PC (not Mac) What I'm looking for is an app ...
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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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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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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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How to start to recovery mode in a Mac OS X VM in Parallels?

Is it possible to start into Recovery/Internet recovery mode in a virtualized Mac OS X in Parallels? It would come in handy to take screenshots of those UIs or running apps to exemplify some steps ...
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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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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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Repair disk from single user mode (fsck fails)

Earlier today my 2009 iMac emitted I/O errors trying to copy files. So I ran disk utility, verify disk to see if anything was amiss. It was. But as it's my startup disk I couldn't repair it, so I ...
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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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Gray screen after installing Yosemite

Yesterday I updated my 2012 MacBook Air to Yosemite. Everything was good, everything working great, but, at the end of the night, my laptop’s battery was low so I decided to shut it down, instead of ...
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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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MacBook Internet Recovery “?” Folder

With my 2012 MacBook Pro, I'm trying to reinstall Mac OS X (any version that will work) onto a new Solid State Drive that replaced a broken one. I can get to the Internet Recovery screen just fine ...
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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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Is there any way to not boot Finder at startup?

Is there a way in OS X to change the desktop from Finder to something else (for example KDE from Fink)? Basically, I want Finder to not boot up at startup, so no icons, no dock (but keep the menu ...
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Hard drive renamed after restart, apps can't see it

I shutdown my computer when I left work and when I got home turned it back on. When it booted back up the second drive (in the dvd drive bay) had a strange name like A[]\tr/sj or something like that. ...
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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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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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SSD w/ brand new clean in stall of Yosemite fails to boot

I've just installed a new version of Yosemite on a third party SSD (Crucial). When I boot it up it hangs on a gray screen. Steps that got me here: Connect SSD to Macbook Pro (with existing HD) ...
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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Boot from USB on MacBook 1.1 (early 2007)

I’m trying to install Windows 8 from USB on my MacBook 1.1 (early 2007). I have tried booting using rEFIt (on 10.6): Partition my USB key as MBR: the Windows 8 logo fish stays stuck forever. ...
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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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Macbook boots up to grey 'prohibited' symbol

I'm having an issue with my '09 13" Macbook Pro. When I boot it up, it seems to be booting normally until about thirty seconds in, when the Apple symbol is replaced with a kind of 'no-smoking' symbol, ...
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Serious Boot / Sleep Problems

Two days ays ago I closed the lid of my macbook pre for the night as I have done for the last 2.5 years but when I opened the lid in the morning the screen didn't show. It seemed to be 'alive' (ish) ...
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2010 MBP 10.8.2 wont boot, stuck on grey screen spinning wheel,

Pretty please help. Here is the situation Purchased in 2012, no install disk, came with Mountain Lion. Never had any problems with it until a couple weeks ago when it froze when I opened the lid. I ...
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a bad Shutdown resulting in a flashing folder with question mark

I was rebooting my MBP when i turned off abruptly, now when i turn on my Mac again i just see a Flasing folder icon with a question mark instead the Apple Logo. i have MacBook Pro 15" Late 2012 (Non ...
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Mac with newer OS X installed no longer boots previous version

First of all I am aware of the fact, that Macs usually refuse to boot or install older version of OS X than they were shipped with. But this is not the case here. The long story: A few months ago I ...
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OSX Partition won't mount. Permissions seem wrong

OS X was spinning and spinning when trying to shutdown so I held down the the ⌽ Power button to force shutdown. Current Situation: I cannot boot to OS X directly, I first have to boot to single ...
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Panic on boot, need to use single user mode (was: need to rebuild kext cache)

I'm getting this at every boot on one Mac: With some searching and asking around I've found that I can get a successful boot if I boot into single-user mode, mount / as read/write, and then do ...
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OS X takes long to boot after starting rEFInd once

I have an SSD in my MacBook (Pro 9,2; encrypted), and until recently, the apple icon appeared almost immediately after pressing the power button. Soon after that I would be able to unlock the disk ...
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2011 Macbook pro - i7 750gb screen flicker

My mac did not boot after trying everything. I was planning to replace HDD but before that I took the HDD out and made it external and I could read everything without any issues. So thought its not ...
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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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Can't boot MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010)

The problem occurred after installing the update SMC 1.6 on Apple - OS X Mountain Lion: First for a long time was a white screen and noisy cooler After the system battery icon was crossed out and ...
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Is it possible to install an old version of Mac OS on a new Mac?

I know that Apple doesn't want me to run a version of Mac OS older than the one my Mac came with, but is there a way around this? For example: if I buy a new Retina MacBook Pro, is there a way to run ...
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Can the MacBook boot from a second HDD

If I was to install a SSD in my MacBook Pro (Mid 12) where currently the Superdrive is attached and continue to use the preinstalled HDD for other files, can I run OSX from that new drive? Or in ...
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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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How to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox

I have been trying to use Hackboot to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox, and using an ISO image created by following the steps at How to create bootable ISO for OS X Mavericks The steps I have ...