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

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Modify SATA link speed down (Mac won’t boot)

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot. In April my HDD ...
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Freeze on boot after installing Yosemite

Sorry for the writing style but I am typing from my smartphone now. My MacBook pro on Mavericks worked like a charm but crazy as I am I decided to install Yosemite without any backup as I am lacking ...
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Why does my USB hub hide a directly attached drive from the boot menu? (post-Filevault)

I recently enabled FileVault on both my mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro and my external USB drive containing a Carbon Copy Cloner backup. My external drive is attached directly to the MBP. I also have a ...
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Broke Boot Camp while trying to get a triple boot

I'm running Yosemite, up-to-date on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. I removed the optical drive, moved my internal HDD to its location and placed a new SSD in the original HDD's location. This has been great ...
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Can I keep my Boot Camp partition when moving to a larger hard drive?

I just bought a 512 GB hard drive to replace my 250 GB hard drive, which currently has a Boot Camp partition (pretty vanilla, just running a standard Windows 7 install). I was planning to just clone ...
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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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iPad 1 won't boot, flashes apple logo

I have recently acquired a refurbished iPad 1 WiFi + 3G. Straight out of the box it wouldn't boot up at all. No logo, or anything. Upon plugging the device into the AC power charger, the Apple logo ...
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How to bless a partition using a custom EFI-boot file with non-conforming directory structures and/or file names?

Is there a guide on how to bless a partition for booting, one that doesn't have the default /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi structure? For example, I installed GRUB on the default EFI System ...
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Windows 7 on Macbook Air 1,1 *without* Boot Camp

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on an early 2008 (1,1) Apple Macbook air, on which OS X is not present. The machine is not able to boot directly the win 7 iso, supposedly because it lacks some support ...
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Startup Screen Flashes Pink

During boot, I see the gray screen with the Apple logo, then the entire screen flashes pink for a couple seconds before boot continues normally. Is this a problem/symptom of something? MacBook Pro ...
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Windows not booting off external disc drive

I'm trying to install windows xp on Lion. This is a little bit complicated, but I was using this tutorial. I got to step 6, which is booting from the Windows XP disc. But it says "no bootable medium ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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MacBook Pro will boot only after a SMC reset

I replaced the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2010) with a SSD one. I installed Mac OS X 10.9. At first the installer wasn't able to find the new SSD drive, because of a error: "SerialATAPI device ...
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Unable to boot into anything but single user mode

Last night I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks (mid 2009 macbook pro). Everything went smoothly during the upgrade, but it resulted in an extremely long and unstable boot process. If I was ...
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Boot Linux from USB drive

I've installed Fedora on a new SATA SSD drive for my MacBook Pro, and when installed into the laptop, it boots perfectly (and runs wonderfully!). However, I want to boot from it externally until I'm ...
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MacBook does not list my bootable USB stick in the boot menu

I made a bootable usb stick with OSX Lion. When starting up my MacMini (which has OSX Mountain Lion installed) while holding option, the USB stick is listed and I can boot from it. But I want to use ...
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How to 'startx' from Single User Mode?

I usually run dwm inside Xquartz on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. But is there a way to boot into Safe Mode (or a console), then startx or xinit, skipping Aqua? I'd like to boot directly into X11.
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Boot into Legacy HD option rEFIt

I just synced my rEFIt partition tool and now I get an option to boot from legacy HD when at the moment the only bootable disk is that cotaining Mac OS X. Has anyone got any idea of how I can get rid ...
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Windows will not boot after a restart of my Mac Pro, only after a cold shutdown and startup

I am currently experiencing a very strange issue regarding booting into Windows 7 64-bit (installed on its own 1TB HDD). If I restart my Mac Pro, hold down the option key, and select my Windows ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...
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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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iMac 27″ boots successfully to safe mode only

I can only boot my iMac 27″ (end of 2009) in safe mode. The problem started in Lion, when the computer suddenly froze. All I can get is the grey screen, which turns black after a while. I upgraded ...
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MacBook pro boot's to wrong OS after waking up from Safe Sleep

I am dual booting Ubuntu and OS X Mavericks on my MacBook pro 9,2. I am using the rEFInd boot manager, since I was told that I should use it to dual boot OS X and Linux (I could have used rEFIt, but ...
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Set EFI to boot Windows via (U)EFI one time

On my late 2012 Mac Mini, I have installed both Mac OS X Mavericks (with FileVault) and Windows 8.1 (natively, not via Bootcamp): /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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WD My Book for Mac External HD won't boot any more

I bought a 3T WD My Book for Mac external HD and use it with my iMac with OSX 10.8.5. I partitioned it into 5 partitions. There are three 30G partitions and two larger ones. The largest is used as a ...
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Cannot boot from external DVD

I have changed my internal DVD with Crucial m4 SSD and I have put the DVD in to an external case. I'm trying to update the SSD firmware and install Mavericks but I can't boot anything except MAC OS ...
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How to create linux USB discs that do work on Apple Macs?

It seems that there are several problems releated to incompatibilities between Apple-EFI and UEFI that do prevent Apple users from easily using USB drives to install or even run other operating ...
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Booting problem after Mavericks installation: BootCache.playlist: 2 No such file or directory

I have updated my MacBook Air 2011 from the App Store to Mavericks but after the installation it doesn't boot up (spinning grey ball). Safemode or a new installation didn't help and verbose mode ends ...