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

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Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Reasons for wanting create such a usb include: PC is unbootable and you want to prepare a bootable USB using the ISO file that you have on your external hard drive. to install Windows 8.1 on Mac ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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GPU problem - Boot Hangs on Grey Screen

I found this according to my problem in this thread: Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install) My MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 with AMD Radeon HD 6750M ...
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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to achieve 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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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive on a Mac?

Does anyone have a Terminal command-line recipe for making a new bootable USB flash drive for one of the new MacBook Air's? Is there a way to dd copy the USB boot device that comes in the box and ...
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My Mac repeatedly beeps three times on startup. What does this mean?

When I try to boot my Mac I get nothing but strange beeps. They beep as follows: BEEP BEEP BEEP [3 second pause] BEEP BEEP BEEP [3 second pause] and it continues until I power off. So far, I have: ...
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How to install OS X 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 ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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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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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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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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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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How do I get rEFInd working with OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

I noticed that I could not install and use rEFInd after upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This restricts me to OS X so I cannot boot my Linux partition. I get the following error: error "Could not ...
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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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Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices

So I have a 2010 15" macbook pro (MBP6,1) and I replaced the optical drive with a hard disk. I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard disk with boot camp with a USB and ISO image. After searching I ...
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Installing 20+ operating systems on Mac without any virtualization

For a scientific project I need to install these operating systems on my Mac Pro. The catch is... It has to run on a native hardware, no level 1 or 2 virtualization is allowed. Here is the list of ...
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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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I mistakenly disabled all services in Yosemite (10.10), now it can't boot

I ran: sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ by mistake, now my Mac does not boot... Any idea how to fix that? OS version: Yosemite.
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How can I change the title of a boot image?

I have an external Hard Drive with two bootable partitions on it. The first is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6 Install DVD, and the second is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6.3 Install DVD. When I plug the ...
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How do I get into boot options with a non-mac keyboard?

I boot my mac mini, hold down alt on my non-mac keyboard, but it does not go to boot options. How do I get to boot options with a non-mac keyboard then?
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How to disable single-user boot (command S)

By default, Macs are extremely insecure if somebody can get physical access, as they can simply shut it down, press the power button, hold command-S, and there, they get root access in 5 seconds. Is ...
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MacBook startup problems - mouse and keyboard not working at login / stuck on apple logo

Today I restarted my Mac after several weeks uptime. After restart, I got the login screen with unresponsive keyboard and mouse. Right before this problem I had Aperture open, with a problematic ...
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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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Always boot windows, unless option is held down

I have a 2012 Retina Macbook pro I use for work, with software that is windows only. I'm getting a bit tired of having to remember to hold down the option key every time I reboot. I know I can tell ...
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Prohibitory sign on boot after Sierra update, can't mount disk anymore

A few days ago I decided to update to Sierra from El Capitan on both the disks on my MacBook Pro (mid 2012); the update on my SSD went without a hitch so I decided I'd update my other disk, too. I ...
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Is this possible? Prevent Live-Linux from booting and grabbing your files without encrypting your disc?

I am a medium-experienced Power User with knowledge about most of the stuff (studying this since two years) and I know something about how Linux and Windows work; I have screwed up countless ...
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How can I disable Safe Boot or the Shift Key?

After a spill on the keyboard of my unibody MBP 17", the ⇧ key reports as always on. Under Windows (BootCamp) and Linux (LiveDVD) I can easily get around the problem by using an external ...
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Single-User-Recovery-Mode on High Sierra 10.13.6

Before the High Sierra update to 10.13.6 I was able to boot in single-user-recovery mode by holding Cmd-R-S at startup, but after the latest software update booting while holding Cmd-R-S just enters ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Why have 5 different iMacs developed corrupt OS X partitions when the physical drives are fine?

I'm a tech for my local school district and we are having some problems with our iMac Multimedia Lab. Over the past nine months, 5 of the 22 iMacs have suffered from filesystem corruption. The only ...
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Windows boot camp option missing in Startup Disk selection

I have a Mac Pro (early 2009) running Yosemite 10.10.2, all up to date. Yosemite is installed on my primary SSD (I have 2 additional magnetic drives). I use Boot Camp, and have Windows 8.1 installed ...
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What would it take to make an iPad support multiple user accounts?

As a mobile computer, the iPad is very personal, but it also begs to be shared. And that's a problem. I don't want my friends to be able to check my emails or delete my high score when they play with ...
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Triple boot macOS High Sierra, Ubuntu, and Windows without rEFInd

I currently have three OSes installed on my 2017 MacBook Air: macOS, Ubuntu, and Windows 10. I couldn't boot into Ubuntu without rEFInd, but I strongly prefer the default boot manager, because I want ...
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OSX El Capitan - cannot make bootable usb stick with boot camp

I meticulously followed this tutorial, and this worked for me in 2014. I have a 4GB usb stick plugged into the computer. It should be enough for windows 7, a partition which no longer boots and I am ...
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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 I schedule startup and shutdown with different settings for weekdays and weekends?

Everyday, I usually start my Mac Mini at 16:00 and shutdown it at 2:00 using the Energy Saver schedule settings. I would like to be able to set a different behavior on the Weekends starting Mac Mini ...
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What does a non-booting macbook displaying a lightning bolt mean?

I returned to my MacBook after a few days of not using it, and there was a message that the system had run out of application memory (weird...). So, I followed the recommendation and Force Quit a ...
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How long to hold key combinations when booting a Mac?

I can't believe no one has ever asked this, but I can't seem to find it: How long should you hold down key combinations, such as Command + S, while your Mac is booting? I can get this iMac to boot ...
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Is it OK to use an HFS+ start disk with High Sierra?

I have a clone of my internal SSD on an HFS+ partition of an external drive. I was wondering if there are issues with using such a disk as a startup disk with High Sierra.
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Is there a way to power up a Mac Mini remotely?

Is there ANY way to Power Up a Mac Mini remotely? Just to be clear, I don´t mean wake up from sleep but boot up.
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF' [duplicate]

Yesterday, I have tried to delete an Ubuntu partition. Since, my Mac (13", MBPro mid-2014) doesn't boot. Now, I boot on Mac OS copy with an USB. i follow different subject of this forum (like this : ...
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Boot screen has wrong display resolution

I recently used my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.4) with a projector using a mini display port to VGA adapter. The resolution of the screen was modified from the use of the projector from 1680x1050 to ...
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Macbook Pro stuck after I enter my password

For last 2 days I am not able to login to my MacBook Pro. It was working fine and suddenly for no reason after I last shutdown my mac I am not able to login. The mac starts up fine and goes to the ...
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iMac restarts instead of shutting down

I have a problem with my iMac restarting when it should be shutting down. This doesn't happen all the time but appears to happen more frequently when I've had the computer on for a few hours. What ...
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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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Powering up a MacBook Air with non-functional keyboard

I have a working MacBook Air (2015 model) with a non-functional keyboard. Water was spilled on it accidentally which shorted everything out. A 3rd party local computer repair shop got the machine ...
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Can you boot a MacBook Air from a USB 3 external hard drive?

Macs have long been able to boot from external FireWire hard drives. I don’t think they’ve been able to boot from external USB 2 drives though. The new MacBook Air (2012) has USB 3.0. Can it boot ...
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“Battery not charging” on MacBook Pro

I have the infamous "battery not charging" problem on my 2014 Retina MacBook Pro. The power source shows as "Power source: power adapter". I checked system info and I have 1100+ cycles, which I guess ...
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How do I know if I need a new hard drive?

I just received a MacBook Pro from somebody else because it was running too slow. Booting up takes about 4 minutes. I have tried formatting the drive and reinstalling the operating system from ...