Usually referring to the startup process of a device or computer from an initial "cold" state rather than sleep or hibernation.

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How to check what is starting Finder?

I have Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, and installed the Path Finder file manager for replacing the builtin Finder. Because of that, I have Path Finder setup so that the original Finder is quit during ...
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macbook with mac OS 10.5.- not booting past apple logo

For the past few days, my old macbook told me that it wa not charging, although the plug was plugged in. Unplugging it would just stop the computer from working, so the battery would really not ...
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Mac Mini not booting issue

I'm looking for some troubleshooting ideas on my mac mini failing to boot. The machine had been working fine until 3 days ago. I purchased the mini second hand from a friend ~ 4 months ago. The ...
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Quick OSX startup

I am totally new to OSX so sorry for this beginners question. If I would like to reduce the startup time (from being completely without power to being able to use Safari) of a new (HDD only, no SSD) ...
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How do I launch an app at start up but as a specific user?

I want to launch an app at login but have it running as a specific user. Here's the use case: I turn on my Mac and login in as Ben. In the background iTunes is launched for Bill. Ben can launch his ...
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Is this possible to improve boot time?

Is there a way to accelerate the boot process? Can we disable some (rarely used or not useful) services?
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Mac OS X startup config

Back to Mac OS 9, there was a way to create startup configs (to include or not some extensions to the OS). This was a built-in feature of Mac OS. Is there a way to manage this on OS X ?
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Slow loading/transparent menu bar during startup

Sometimes when I startup my Mac, I notice that the menu bar doesn't load fully. It remains completely transparent and doesn't have a title (or any menu options) for the current application. It doesn't ...
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Always prompt for Boot Device on Startup?

I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen. Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I ...
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Where are bash profile startup files?

I know that you can have a .profile or .bash file in your home folder to customise Mac OS X 10.6.4 Terminal bash startup. Every time I start up Terminal, there is a line that tells me "You've got ...
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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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How can I run a shell command at login time without showing a Dock entry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on? I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the ...
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Temporarily disabling the startup sound

Is it possible to disable the startup sound on an iMac G5, or at least decrease its volume? The obvious way to do this would be to put a script in the shutdown folder (OS X 10.4.11) that mutes the ...
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Mac starts up as administrator

I just got a new Mac Air for my wife. Every time she starts it up (after installing software, crashes, whatever), it starts up logged in as administrator. This confuses my wife no end (where did all ...
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How can I stop com.apple.launched from attempting to start a service we uninstalled?

My office used to use JungleDisk Workgroup service to exchange large files. We've moved on to a new solution and I uninstalled the client according to their instructions, but I noticed today in the ...
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How is it possible that my Macbook Pro with a failed logic board works just fine?

Some weeks ago, I went to a client's site to install a new router (Macs rock for IT work!) and when I opened my MacBook Pro (5,1) it didn't return from sleep; the screen stayed black and the indicator ...
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MacBook will not turn on

I have a MacBook pro and it won't turn on. Basically I press the power button and the White light at the front turns on. Then a few seconds later it just crashes and the White light goes off then the ...
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Diagnosing a broken laptop

I have a 12" PowerBook with no HD and a dead screen. I'm trying to determine if the actual LCD is broken or if it is "just" the graphics card, without taking out the screen and transfering it to ...
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Macbook: Flashing Folder with Question Mark At Startup

So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything. Now, at startup I see ...