Questions tagged [startup]

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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Why do some Login Items insist on displaying at startup, despite being set to “Hide”?

Under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, I have a number of applications that are set to launch on system startup. Some of these, despite being marked to "Hide" on startup, insist ...
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Stuck in recovery mode and unable to install OS X El Capitan

Hi to anyone able to help with this / having the same problem... I use a 2009 iMac A1224 20" with a SSD, running macOS El Capitan (the shop which installed the SSD also installed El Capitan back in ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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Why does fstab sometimes not work?

I have several boot drives in my Mac Pro, each with different operating systems. Right now, I have Sierra, Yosemite, and Windows 10. I use vifs to edit the fstab file, to prevent other volumes from ...
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macOS Sierra won't install and complains on the disk

After downloading and running the installer, I met with the problem when the installer is asking "Select the disk where you want to install macOS". My default OS X disk which runs El Capitan normally ...
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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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Profiling system start-up

How can one find start-up bottlenecks on macOS? On Linux I normally do systemd-analyze blame, which shows the initialization times of all services - is there a launchd counterpart?
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Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro: Startup slow after SSD Upgrade

I've recently upgraded my Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro's original 500 GB SSD to a 2 TB Samsung EVO 970 NVMe M.2 coupled with a recent model Sintech SSD adaptor. I am running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. ...
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Mac not starting or going into recovery mode

My Mac (mid 2011 21.5" iMac running mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6) suddenly froze while watching a video and restarted. It now keeps on restarting. Soon thereafter, my wireless keyboard stopped working, ...
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Folder/Finder Startup Items: How not to open window after logon?

I'm using El Capitan at the moment, but I've had this "problem" for a long time - it's more an inconvenience, really. I have a number of network volumes in my Startup Items because I want them to be ...
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Run Script As A Service After Startup

Recently I am trying to figure out how to run a dotnet service after my MacOS startup. On Windows, I can install the NSSM to run the script as a service. This script will be triggered whenever my ...
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sudo trimforce disable not working

Not so long ago, my early 2013 MacBookPro used to boot in a sweet 13s. Since I updated to High Sierra, this has turned into an ugly 58s. I read here and there that the startup slownesses in high ...
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Why is macOS Recovery in Japanese, when my language is set on english?

My Macbook Pro(early 2015) functioned in english until I started up macOS Recovery to erase the startup disc with macOS Utilities. It was originally bought used in Japan. I would like the entire ...
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Stuck in 10.6.8 to 10.11 upgrade installation, no recovery disk available

In attempting to upgrade from OS X 10.6.8 to El Capitan I've run into a bit of stalemate. The installation is unable to complete(indeed, it seems to barely commence) due to issues "verifying or ...
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Temporarily set non-iCloud password; now both temporary and iCloud passwords required at startup

My Yosemite MacBook Pro is normally set to use my iCloud password. Taking it in for service to the Apple store, they suggested I create a temporary password, which I did by going to Users & Groups ...
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Shutdown warning every time I log on

Whenever I log on, I get the "Your computer crashed previously, do you want to restart the running programs?" error; regardless of whether my machine crashed or not. Whether I press OK or Cancel, it ...
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Startup Screen Flashes Pink

During boot, I see the gray screen with the Apple logo, then the entire screen flashes pink for a couple seconds before boot continues normally. Is this a problem/symptom of something? MacBook Pro ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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Persisten change of device ownership

I've got several partitions on my HDD, one of which I intend to use as a shared home partition between a native Linux installation (yet to come) and a one in a VirtualBox which I recently installed. I ...
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How can I prevent applications from re-launching at startup?

Using Mountain Lion (10.8.2) on a MBP (13" mid-2009) I have times when applications launch during startup even though they have been exited before the last shutdown. This seems to happen on the order ...
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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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MacBook Pro restores last user session after shutdown because of low battery

I had only one account on my MBP. I created a new account on it for my son and he has his own password. I was logged-in with an open session on my account. I closed the lid and left it there, ...
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Merging separate APFS volumes into startup disk

A 50 GB APFS volume was designated as the startup disk on my Mac running on macOS Mojave and there is 450 GB of unused space in another disk2. diskutil list output: I need to merge that 450GB of ...
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mac OS Installer lingers after failed Mojave 10.14.3 to 10.14.4 update

I've worked this problem w Apple Mac L2 across two phone calls lasting a total of 5 hours and escalation to L3 without a possible resolution, hence opening up my search to the world. My ask: What ...
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Send an email message via script upon startup, before user login

Is there any way to automatically send an email message (as a notification that my server box has rebooted, usually due to power failure) to myself upon system startup, before user login? I am not ...
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Mac startup drive vanished after hard reset

The machine in question is a 2015 model 5K iMac running Mojave. It has a fusion drive that had a partition for OS X and a partition for Bootcamp running Windows 7. I went to restart and it seemed to ...
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I turned my iMac on, but I only see a grey blinking question mark folder

I bought a 2011 21.5" iMac in a garage sale. I pressed Command + R. Once I'm in the macOS Utility folder, I don't see the Macintosh HD. Now, I went back to macOS Utility and tried to re-install macOS ...
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MacBook keyboard doesn't respond during startup

I have had this problem for quite some time. my MacBook pro Retina early 2015 takes forever to start up.duribg startup the keyboard seems to be unresponsive to eg.cmd+alt+p+r or any other working key ...
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Change icons order in Startup Disk MacOS Mojave

Yesterday I installed Mojave on my MacBookPro 13'' 2015. I had Sierra before. I have 2 partitions: Macintosh and Bootcamp (Windows). Every time I went to Startup Disk or in Startup Manager (after ...
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Unreliable Thunderbolt 2 startup disk

I have attempted to improve the performance of a Mid 2011 27" iMac by booting from an external Thunderbolt SSD, specifically a Transcend 256 GB StoreJet 500. It may or may not be relevant that this ...
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Sierra stuck on “Setting Up Account” for hours

Last to last night, I was upgrading my Macbook Air 13" from Sierra to High Sierra. During the installation (when the software was upgrading), the Mac was taking a lot of time, so I closed the flap and ...
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Bootable USBs no longer appear at startup

I recently had my Macbook (early 2015) reset after a bootloader mess up I won't get into. When I got it back I found that it would no longer show bootable USBs at startup in the boot menu even though ...
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What triggers “Your startup disk is almost full.” message?

You've probably seen this message (maybe in a bit newer GUI but still the same). I wonder if anyone know when it is triggered?
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another server,...
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MacBook Pro hangs up at the grey Apple login screen

After it would hang up, the keyboard lights would stay lit indefinitely. I've tried resetting the SMC and NVRAM but they didn't work. I did a verbose startup and this was the screenshot before my ...
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MacAIR failing to startup from disk

Running 10.9.most recent. As of this evening my Mac will not start up normally from the internal drive. The Apple logo appears and the spinning disc as well, but nothing happens thereafter. I have ...
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Yosemite taking too long to show login screen

When I turn on my iMac ( 16 GB, Intel Processor 3.1 Ghz, Fusion drive year 2013) now it takes too long for the log in screen to appear. Before that I see a gray screen with a progress bar at the ...
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Why Can't I Make a Macally G-S350SUAB2 Boot Family's iMac?

I can't seem to be able to get the Macally G-S350SUAB2 enclosure that my dad loaned me for development use to boot a copy of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks which I installed using my dad's early- or late-2011 ...
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Deleted Mac OS X boot image but can still access files via Boot Camp Windows

Ok, I know I completely messed up here and it's all my fault, but moving past that -- can anyone help me fix this situation? I used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on my MacBook the other day. Then, ...
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My MBP (13 inch, MID 2010) will not start up

I have used the internet for the past 2 weeks in search of something that will help me troubleshoot/repair my MBP. It wont boot in Safe Mode using the SHIFT key. Following is everything I have tried ...
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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 causes a full restart vs a resume when battery dies?

There are many times where if my macbook pro dies, it will simply resume where it left off once i plug in the power and turn it on. Other times, it will do a complete restarting and I will loose all ...
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Cannot enter password to unlock disk while in Recovery mode

After restarting my Macbook Pro a white circle with a slash through it appeared on the screen. I went into recovery mode and tried to restore a backup or even reinstall OS, but I keep getting ...
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Unable to boot even in Safe mode

I have a MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I am unable to boot into it even in Safe mode. No significant updates were performed with the last week. After a restart yesterday, my MacBook would ...
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Is there a way to mute internal speakers on startup without unplugging headphones?

Some backstory: I use my MacBook at odd hours and don't want to disturb anybody with the loud startup chime. As you may well know, you can mute that by pressing the Mute key before shutdown with the ...
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how to stop krisp.ai app from starting on boot

The Krisp app (a noise filter for skype calls) starts automatically on boot, and even if I remove it from the list of startup items, I keep finding it there. This is annoying and intrusive. I like ...
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Set the mode for next boot from the terminal

I'd like to be able to boot into the recovery mode the next time the machine boots not by using the start up key presses. I'm already logged in in normal user mode - can I set this in the terminal? ...
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iMac 2008 Flashing Question Mark on Startup (Tried almost everything)

I recently purchased an iMac from a local Goodwill. After talking to Apple support I was able to find out that this is a 2008 all-in-one model. Additionally, I asked for help with the "flashing ...
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Startup disk space mysteriously being consumed

Lately, my Mac OS X Yosemite has been having this weird issue where my startup disk keeps getting consumed by an unknown source. Every time I restart my computer, the disk space would come back (let'...
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Yosemite Single User Mode

Does "Single User Mode" still work, post v10.10.x ? I tried the following instructions, without success: OS X Yosemite: Start up in single-user mode To troubleshoot your computer’s startup ...