Questions tagged [boot]

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

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Move complete Lion installation to another physical drive

is there a way to completely move my OSX Lion to my new SSD without reinstalling? I came from Windows and Linux to OSX and i thought maybe it is possible to simply change the bootloader config after ...
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How can I see the system status during boot?

I would like to monitor the messages generated when I boot my Mac, similar to what you on a *nix box. Is there key-combo to press/hold that will let me do this?
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Unable to install an OS on Mac (prohibited sign)

I had an issue with my MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13" (Early 2015) (MacBookAir7,2) and after repeated problems I decided to wipe the computer and give it a clean slate. I downloaded a copy of ...
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My external boot volume won't startup all my Macs when it should

Because of the mobility of my work I decided to create a boot volume on an external USB-C SSD so that I can run my user environment on a number of Macs (on an iMac Pro (2017) while at work, on a 15" ...
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iMac has weird startup chime and refuses to boot

I have a mid-2011 27" iMac and have a weird startup problem at the moment. When I try to boot I get a startup chime as follows: 3 beeps followed by a 3 second break followed by 3 beeps and it just ...
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Mac Sierra won't boot - SmartBattery: finished polling type 4

I did an update on my Macbook Retina 13" to the most recent version of Sierra OS X. The computer never gets past the Apple logo (black screen with a full progress bar). I booted into Verbose Mode (...
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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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Startup Disk no longer works in Sierra

long time lurker first time poster (go easy on me...) I've had this problem since El Cap & its finally driven me crazy enough to post here. On my 2009 Mac Pro I had 2 drives. 1 with Yosemite &...
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Stuck in a boot loop after failed update to Mavericks, can't reformat HDD

I recently tried to upgrade a 2008 Mac Pro from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to Mavericks (10.9.2) using the free upgrade available in the App Store. The upgrade seemed to go without a hitch until the ...
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Is there any way to prevent a MacBook Air (2018) from powering up when the lid is open or an input device (keyboard or trackpad) is touched?

So, I am a happy (genuinely, not sarcastic!) owner of a new MacBook Air (2018). It works great! It’s running macOS 10.14.1 (Mojave). But it seems to do something that owners of 2016 to 2018 MacBook ...
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Mac Pro install disk keeps ejecting itself

I am not that savvy with Macintosh computers so I can't figure out why the install disk keeps ejecting when I attempt to boot from disk by holding down the "C" button or the option button. It is not ...
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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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Stuck at Apple logo during boot. Cannot enter Safe mode. Cannot use Recovery USB

A little background I wanted to create a Mountain Lion recovery USB because I currently only have a Lion recovery USB. While downloading the installer image from the Mac App store, the computer froze ...
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Not enough storage for El Capitan; no way to free up space

I wanted to upgrade my Macbook 2008 from Yosemite to El Capitan. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it and restarted my computer, on the "select the disk on which to install" page the only location, ...
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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Is blessing the Ubuntu partition reversible in OS X?

I'm considering using Ubuntu as a main OS. So far, I've been using it in a dual boot setup with OS X. The dual boot worked by holding the ⌥ alt key upon boot (not rEFIt). Blessing the Ubuntu ...
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Where to see kernel startup messages after boot?

I set my kernel to boot up verbose using sudo nvram boot-args="-v" These logs are what I wanted to see, but how can I view the log after booting? I searched all log files without success.
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How can I create a bootable USB stick with Linux and FAT32 from macOS

I want to put 2 partitions on my USB stick: first one (so Windows can see it) with FAT32 (so also macOS can write to it) and a second one, bootable with system-rescue-cd on it. I started looking how ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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How do you install and use a Linux partition on Mavericks?

As a just-for-fun type of experiment, I was wanting to install Linux on an external drive that I own and boot it up on my 2007 iMac desktop. I know there are a plethora of guides out there on how to ...
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How to install Windows 10 into a 2011 iMac without using the Boot Camp Assistant, an optical (DVD) drive or third party tools?

Apple does not support Boot Camp Assistant installations of Windows 10 on 2011 and earlier iMac models. The exact list of supported Mac models is given below. The following Mac models support 64-bit ...
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MBP boots only through single user mode

After using my MBP and shutting it down as usual, it fails to boot. If no keys are pressed during booting ( normal boot ), a progress bar will appear on the bottom side of the screen, moves slowly, ...
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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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Keyboard and touchpad are not working when booting from live USB

I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2017, 13", no Touch Bar) and I want to create Linux live USB. However, keyboard and trackpad are not working when I'm booting Linux OS from live USB. I'm able to select EFI ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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How to properly install Kali Linux on MacBook Air (dual-boot with El Capitan)

I updated to El Capitan yesterday (on MacBook Air 2014). I then decided to install Kali Linux 2.0, and boy it's been one problem after another, so far nothing has gone the way it's supposed to. ...
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BuildError(): error building a user of type

I'm getting a strange message each time I boot. For a quick second before the Apple Logo appears I see the text: BuildError(): error building a user of type 0x20010008 Then the Logo appears, and ...
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iMac shows frozen at bootup, but computer running normally in background

I'm on an Intel iMac running Lion. I'm having major issues with my iMac. The iMac froze whilst using Chrome, and I was forced to reset it. After the reset the screen seemed to freeze on the apple ...
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How can I boot to Safari Only (Chromebook style) in Lion?

How can I boot safari only in Mac OSX Lion Chrome OS style? I heard that there was a key that one had to hold at startup, which one is it?
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Using the -Bless Command on Multiboot Macs with 10.11 El Capitan

As part of our standard deployment, we tend to deploy multiple OSs on Macs, from 10.7 to 10.11. However, with the new SIP (System Integrity Protection), the -bless command no longer works properly. I ...
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Mac won't boot from USB drive: Prohibited sign

I tried to clean install OS X El Capitan on my Mac, but it won’t boot from the USB drive. Here are the steps I took to create the bootable USB drive (I have a Mid-2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display):...
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Running a command whenever Mac boots up with launchctl/plist

I need to run nohup nice synergys -f --config ~/bin/conf/synergy.conf & command whenever the computer boots up. As is written in this post, I came up with the following plist code. <?xml ...
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Mac won't boot: Way to mount drive and delete one file?

My macbook is currently a brick. I added a /etc/launchctl.conf file that must be malformed. The OS now crashes even when attempting to start in safe mode: "launchd System bootstrapper has crashed: ...
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How to make and use an USB stick with GParted that will boot on a Mac?

I want to create a USB stick with GParted on it that will be recognized by my Mac. Obviously, I want to create it on a Mac, also. This is not mentioned in the documentation here.
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iMac won’t boot up from internal drive but can boot from external drive, but internal drive can boot other Macs

I am seeking suggestions on what may be going in with an iMac I am currently troubleshooting, as it’s displaying behaviour I do not recall seeing before. Short story This iMac refuses to boot up. It ...
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Unable to enter Recovery Mode -2006F

I'm using a MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013). I recently reformatted and reinstalled the OS via Internet Recovery, but I suspect something went wrong. Now, when I boot normally, I get the infamous ...
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Dual Boot Mavericks + El Capitan

I was using El Capitan without issues till now. I'm starting to use Pro Tools 10 which is incompatible with El Capitan, so I will need to install a previous OS X version like Mavericks to make it work....
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Uninstall rEFInd 0.8-3.7 on Yosemite

I recently tried installing rEFInd on Yosemite using the command ./install.sh --alldrivers however it would not recognise the ubuntu 14.04 x64 for Mac disk I made and so I would like to uninstall ...
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What can be done to fix a 2011 iMac that will not boot past the white screen?

I have now tried opening the iMac and removing the cables to the SSD, it still gets stuck on the white screen. I tried again, removing the cables to the HDD as well and the same thing occurs. No idea ...
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Replacing macOS with elementary OS. Computer boots normally into elementary OS, but boot menu (option key on boot) doesn't show anything

I want to replace macOS with elementary OS on a Mac. I formated the entire hard disk, inserted the elementary OS bootable USB, selected EFI boot on the boot loader (only option) and installed ...
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How can I fix permission issue when I cannot start Mac OS X?

I was creating a guest account and to prevent it from accessing the Macintosh HD as in other applications and stuff I assigned it as in "No Access" When I switched to the guest account everything ...
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How can I get my 3rd party SSD to boot El Capitan?

I have a Mid 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro that's been running successfully with a hybrid drive (3rd party) for the last few years. Recently, the operating system crashed and the hard drive is no longer ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Macbook Pro (late 2011 15") is stuck in a boot loop

It boots up until the progress bar is at about 80%, then it flashes to an empty grey screen, no login window shown, no Apple logo. 30 seconds later it reboots on its own. Things I tried: reset the ...
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How to boot and install Linux or BSD on a 2007 MacBook White via USB?

I have an old MacBook white (Model 2,1 mid-late 2007) which won't upgrade beyond Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). I have previously installed Debian with a dual boot by using rEFIt and booting from a DVD ...
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Can't boot, fsck -ya in single user says 'Disk full'

My Macbook Pro suddenly turned itself off (I believe I got a popup saying it was soon out of diskspace, but I didn't think this meant "Your OSX installation will soon be unusable"). After this, I ...
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Panic on boot, need to use single user mode (was: need to rebuild kext cache)

I'm getting this at every boot on one Mac: With some searching and asking around I've found that I can get a successful boot if I boot into single-user mode, mount / as read/write, and then do touch ...
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Resetting MBR on iMac

I installed Ubuntu on my iMac (partially successfully) I had rEFIT installed but it did not recognize the Ubuntu installation. I removed the partition and rEFIT and now when I attempt to install ...
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Macbook Pro hangs when booting into Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15" 10.7.4 with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. A few days ago, I tried to boot into Windows 7 and it just froze after I selected the Boot Camp volume on the Select Drive ...
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How to create a bootable USB drive for Disk Utility?

Disk Utility says my boot drive need repair. Unfortunately my DVD drive is toast, so I can't boot from the install DVD and make the repair. Is there a way I can create a bootable USB drive and ...