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 tweak boot time by disabling apple kexts (including cryptography related ones)?

Initially, I am running OSX Mountain Lion on a mid 2010 6,2 MBP. I wanted to enhance my boot time a little, maybe by disabling some official apple kexts. Has anyone played with that, knowing which ...
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Profile Mountain Lion's startup

Recently my Mac mini became quite slow without a real apparent cause. I'd really like to be able to trace down the cause of this slowness, and I'd like to do it myself, not using a program. Is there ...
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Mac operating system from disc at startup

Hello everyone and thank you in advance. I have just downloaded Linux Ubuntu and put it on a disk. What i want to do is to hold C during the Mac startup so that I can choose to boot my mac through ...
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How to shorten startup time after Lion to Mountain Lion upgrade?

I have been looking for answers since and have seen a few that say I need to do a fresh install and whatnot. I am simply unhappy with the fact that I just bought a brand new laptop that got a free ...
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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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iMac sounds like it's starting up then shutting down immediately

I have an iMac. Since yesterday, it has been making sounds where it seems like a hard drive is starting up then shutting down immediately. However, that can't be possible of course because the ...
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How to prevent an automatic network share connection at startup?

Problem Synopsis: I have a WiFi router that can connect to a USB storage device and then allow access to that device over WiFi. I had once connected my Mac (OS X Lion 10.7.4) to such a storage device ...
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How can I start postgres automatically on startup?

I can start postgres with: # Start Postgres /usr/local/bin/pg_ctl -D /usr/local/pgsql/data -l logfile start Where can I put that to start up when I start the machine up? I can put it in my ...
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How to prevent loading some LaunchDaemons?

I just took a look into /Library/LaunchDaemons and was wondering how many different things I opened up there :) Can I easily remove strange one? How can I disable them during system boot? I see the ...
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Stop-sign after boot and “Still waiting for root device”

Need some advice regarding a problem starting up my Mac Mini (mid 2011). The other day I was browsing websites when the machine froze with the spinning beachball. So I was forced to power off/on my ...
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Filesystem check on startup

as Mac OS X in part is an *nix operating system. Will the filesystem of my computer be checked periodically? How to check when the next check will be triggered, if it is checked periodically? My ...
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execute login items one after another instead of all at once?

I have quite a lot of startup items, because when I open up my mac, I want everything to be ready to go. In my preferences, I've put them in the order I need them, so for example, the first thing I ...
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SSD only boots from USB adapter

I would like to know if anyone has an idea or suggestion to what's happening on my SSD. I was using Lion on my Vertex 3 SSD 240GB - MacBook Pro (early 2011 model) and everything was running well ...
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What can cause start up to stop at the apple logo and spinning gear?

I'm trying to help a friend fix their MacBook, and I've run out of ideas. I've gone through every resource I can find, so hopefully someone has some insight into this problem. When the machine starts ...
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Flashing folder with question mark, spinning beachball when wakes up

My MacBook is acting weird recently. It starts to show flashing folder with question mark during bootup and spinning beach ball when it wakes up from a long sleep. When these happens, I will have to ...
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Launch agents not lauching at system startup

I have several plist files in the folder ~/Library/LaunchAgents. They all have the same permissions but two of them (dotjs and pow) are not launching at login, even if they have the key RunAtLoad set ...
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How to force Startup Manager menu to appear at every boot?

Is there any way to force the Startup Manager menu to appear on every boot? Rather than me having to remember to hold down Alt if I want a different OS.
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I have a Dual G5 Power Mac I can only start in safe mode

Processor: Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5 Memory: 1.5 GB DDR SDRAM I can only start with a safe boot. I've used the Leopard disk to run Disk Utility to repair the disks. There appears to be no problems. ...
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Why does it take so long to load the login items with “reopen when logging back in” enabled?

With OSX Lion 10.7 Apple has introduced resume: Restore the state of the computer when shut down. Reopen the used windows of applications. While both are quite useful, the option to "reopen ...
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Is there a way to not have Lion not launch apps from previous startup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reopen windows when logging back in - NOT How can I keep restore for apps in Lion without having session restore when I log in? I've heard conflicting info on this - ...
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How do I silently start up my MacBook Air?

When I start up my MacBook Air, it makes a loud startup sound unless I muted the computer prior to shutting down last time. However, I cannot guarantee that I had muted the computer last time before ...
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Login Start-Up Problems

Whenever I log in to my Mac, the following programs automatically open up: Firefox, Excel, Word, PPT, and VLC Media Player. I went into System Preferences, Users & Groups, and Login Items, and ...
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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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Average start up time for Macbook Pro running Lion?

I have a new MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.4GHz and I am noticing that the start up timeis about 60 seconds from power on to launching Safari. Is this an average start up time?
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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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Is loading your desktop before login safe?

I came across an article explaining how to load your desktop before you login. Does anyone know if this works in Lion? Is there any reason I should avoid attempting it? Load your desktop before ...
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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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Disabling startup items that run despite being unchecked on the “login items” list

I have a number of (background) programs that startup automatically on login even though they have been disabled (unchecked) on the Login Items pane of the Users & Groups System Preferences. ...
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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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How to make the pcscd daemon load at startup on Lion?

I've got an obscure cryptographic USB token that works pretty good with Lion except I need to run... sudo /usr/sbin/pcscd -adf ...each time I want to use it because it doesn't load automatically. ...
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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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Why is the audio volume level at 0 every time I start my Mac?

I don't know if this is a bug or a feature in Mac OS X 10.7. Every time I (re)start my Mac the volume of my audio device is set to zero and doesn't remember the last level I set. I think this started ...
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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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Running terminal commands on startup/login

How can I run terminal commands on startup or login? On FreeBSD I believe you can do this using rc.d - is there an equivalent for the Mac? I know how to set up Login Items, but these only work for GUI ...
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How do I stop Apache from starting up automatically?

I'm running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 and Web Sharing is turned off in System Prefs. I don't think this is specifically related to Lion. Basically, I'm a frontend developer and there are always backend ...
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MySQL does not start on startup

In the System Preferences panel, I have the MySQL there. I chose it to start up every time my Mac starts up, however this doesn't work, I have restarted MySQL many times, but it will not start up ...
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Renaming the startup disks shown during boot

I'm dual booting OS X (Lion) and Arch Linux, and when I hold down "option" during the boot process, I am presented with both of my startup disk options (i.e., OS X and Linux); however, they are named ...
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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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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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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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Recovery HD mounts on startup

Recently I was messing around with Backtrack 4r2, and created a USB "live CD" and started from it. I normally run the live CD in a VM, but wanted to see if I could install it on the USB as a separate ...
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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 ...