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 stop skype from automatically starting?

After installing skype it will always start whenever I login. I'd rather it didn't do that. How do I stop Skype from automatically starting?
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Auto-launch apps at iDevice startup

In another question I asked, Graeme suggested using alternatives like Skype instead of FaceTime for its support for audio-only calls. Skype has the advantage of being cross-platform, but is there a ...
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What's the startup/reboot time for iPad (3rd generation) compared to other iOS devices?

I'd like to know, in people's personal experience so far, about how long the new iPad takes to start up (in seconds), especially when compared with other devices running iOS. For the purposes of ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot anymore after a fall

I have an old MacBook Pro (late 2006) and he won't boot anymore. He fell down the table and ever since, he's not working anymore. When I try to boot him, the hard drive and the fans starts spinning, ...
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2008 MacBook Pro Blinking Folder icon

I have a friend with a ~2008 MBPro which has seemingly hit the hay. I'm not 100% it's 2008, but I think so. It has magnetic power cord--the square one. Anyway, as soon as it turns on, there is the ...
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Why does iOS take so long to start up?

My MacBook Pro running Lion boots in maybe 30 seconds. My original iPad, however, takes several minutes. Why is this? I understand the MBP has a much better processor and more RAM than iPad, but ...
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Holding down 6 keys during startup. Help program that erases personal data [closed]

Two months after my update to Snow Leopard, my computer hung. When I restarted I could log in, but then the only thing I could do was moving the mouse cursor. So I called my support. The support told ...
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How can I launch a daemon process as a specified user at boot without an interactive login?

I'm trying to setup a TeamCity Build Agent on a Mac Mini Server running 10.7.3. I have successfully got it running and building but only if I login and launch the process manually. We'd prefer to ...
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Problem saving settings in OSX Control Panel after SSD installation

On my Lion installation changes in the OSX Control Panel some settings are no longer saved eg. General oder Language. After reentering the Control panel again, the old settings are still in place. ...
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How do I set my mac to ask what disc I want to boot from without having to hold alt?

I can switch between OSX, Windows and a network drive, but I cannot seem to find this option anywhere.
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Silencing the Memory slot utility

I recently upgraded my Mac Pro with 24Gb of ram, quite the nice feeling. When I booted up the system again, I got this message : Quite nice I thought, seems the memory is working as it should. And ...
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Why does my MacBook sometimes ring the startup chime four more times after the initial chime?

Sometimes, not always, upon restarting my Macbook (late-2006), the chime is repeated four more times after the initial chime. It then starts up normally.
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Why can't I no longer boot into my MacBook Air?

My MacBook Air (Late 2011) hangs during startup at the Apple logo, and the spinning cursor freezes. I have booted into verbose mode and it hangs after the following messages: com.parellels.kext.vnic ...
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What files are accessed when an app starts up?

I am wondering if there is a way to see which files an application accesses (reads or writes) when starting up. /usr/bin/fs_usage seems like one tool, but I wondered if there are others. I am trying ...
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MacBook Pro beeps and powers on after 5 tries

I have a MacBook Pro from mid 2009 annoying me. When I turn it on, the led blinks rapidly, about 14 times, and then the Mac beeps once. The screen remains black and nothing happens. So I have to hold ...
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How can I make Growl Tunes start automatically?

How can I make GrowlTunes start automatically when either Growl or OSX does?
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Startup items no longer load in Lion

When I first upgraded to Lion, my startup items loaded as normal. Now however, no startup items load (even though they all appear in the startup items preference pane as normal). I thought maybe it ...
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How to determine quickly what is the currently running OS volume?

Is there a quick way to find the volume on which is located the current running OS ? I've noticed that the sort order of the volumes list can be changed manually, so the current system volume is not ...
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My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up

My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up. I have to select the start-up disk when in recovery mode. How can I make so it starts up in Mac Os X Lion every time without it going into ...
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USB Lion Recovery Disk fails to boot

Per What's the best way to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?, I'm attempting to create a two-partition thumbdrive such that one of the partitions is the Recovery Disk created by ...
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What should you do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving wheel?

What to do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving-wheel? The system boots from recovery partition, it does check the partition but it will not boot.
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iMac wont startup and won't boot from CD

My 24" 3.06Ghz iMac will no longer fully boot. It constantly gives me the grey "Your machine needs to be restarted" half way through booting. At first I was able to boot into SuperUser mode and run an ...
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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 ...